Digger Odell Publications 2007


If an illustration were wanted of the theory that success will come from a concentration of effort upon one particular object, or if an example were sought prove the truth of the old saying regarding the doing of one thing and doing well, the firm of Fairchild Bros. & Foster of New York. would quickly suggest itself to members of the drug trade. The business methods which have characterize the growth of this firm are of a kind which naturally calls for the approval the trade with which they have come contact. There has always been a well defined belief in the minds of the pharmaceutical profession that a business house that confined itself to the manufacture of one class of products would from necessity be compelled to do their best so they remained in the business, or In other words their continuation in business would depend upon the quality of the products. A record commencing with small beginning, extending over a period of sixteen- years. and which from the present point of view contains both retrospect and a prospect of success, that which belongs to the firm whose name appears at the head of this column.

The Fairchild Bros., Benjamin T. and Samuel W., are natives of Stratford Conn., and received their early education in the schools of their native town The elder, Benjamin T. Fairchild. decided, upon leaving school, to adopt pharmacy as a profession. and knowing the advantages which existed in Philadelphia for pharmaceutical training. He spent four years in that city under the preceptorship of O. S. Hubbell and Alfred B. Taylor, during which time he graduated from the Philadelphia College , Pharmacy. Upon leaving Philadelphia he entered the employ of Caswell, Hazard Co.. New York. and later that of Caswell & Massey. with whom he remained as chemist until 1878, when he embarked with his brother in an Independent business.

The younger brother, Samuel. also obtained his pharmaceutical training under the tutelage of Alfred B. Taylor at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and his business education was obtained through a five years' course in the employ of Caswell, Hazard & Co. Mess. Kesson & Robbins, of New York.

The firm of Fairchild Bros. was estabIished in 1878, and this association of two brothers whose business and social lives had been spent in close relationship and whose qualifications embraced a thorough knowledge, both of the scientific and commercial aspects of pharmacy, had much to contribute to the success of the new firm. After three years of steady progress, Macomb G. Foster, who had been three years with the firm of Mess. Kesson & Robbins, was admitted to the firm, which then became known as Fairchild Bros. & Foster. This change in the firm greatly increased its capital a gave greater scope for the business t parity of its members, and in 1884 the manufacture and introduction of pharmaceutical specialties had assumed such proportions that the firm establish Itself at 82-84 Fulton st. and began making a specialty of the "digestive ferment The success of this class of products well known to all connected with the medical and pharmaceutical profession.


Mr. Fairchild died on Nov. 13, 1927, at their home, 3,001 Sedgwick Avenue, Kingsbridge, at the age of 75. He was a former president of the Union League Club, and at his death, vice president and a director of Fairchild Brothers & Foster, 70 Laight Street. Long an outstanding figure in the manufacture of chemicals, Mr. Fairchild founded the firm of Fairchild Brothers in 1879. In 1881, with the accession of Macomb G. Foster, the present name of the firm was adopted.


NYT June 2, 1938


Vice President of Chemists' Firm

Dies in Office,

Macomb G. Foster, vice president of- Fairchild Brothers & Foster, manufacturing chemists, died yesterday afternoon of a heart attack -in his office at 76 Laight Street. In 1881 he began his continuous association of fifty-seven years with Fairchild. Brothers & Foster.


Benjamin Thomas Fairchild of Quaker Ridge, one of the founders and president of Fairchild Brothers & Foster, manufacturing chemists of New York, died at the Greenwich Hospital this morning of a fractured skull received in a fall at his home last night. Mr. Fairchild was about to ascend the stairs to his room on the second floor when he fell forward, striking his head.

He was born eighty-eight years ago in Stratford, Conn., son of Benjamin and Susan Ann Fairchild. He studied at Stratford 'Academy and was graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy.

Not too many Fairchild bottles are known. Here's one sent in by a Reader. This bottle dates from about 1880-1900.