Illustrated trade card depicts chemist Claude Louis Berthollet (1748-1822) visiting Antoine Laurent Lavoisier (1743-1794) while Lavoisier was working in a lab at the Université de Paris or Sorbonne University. They stand in front of a table containing scientific instruments. Also includes an inset bust of Berthollet. Verso is an advertisement for Libox's Seasoned Beef Extract along with a biography of Lavoisier and Berthollet.
Widely considered the father of modern chemistry, Lavoisier is credited with many scientific discoveries including recognizing and naming oxygen and hydrogen. Berthollet was also a leading French chemist, second only to Lavoisier. Berthollet and Lavoisier collaborated on the reorganization of chemical nomenclature and corresponded on scientific findings.
Liebig's Extract of Meat Company was founded in 1865 by Justus von Liebig and George Christian Giebert. While the product was produced exclusively in Uruguay, it was extremely popular in Europe with 500 tons of the product being produced every year in the late 1870s. The company was very successful, eventually being bought in 1924 by the Vestey Group. In 1968 the company merged with Brooke Bond and then was eventually bought by Unilever in 1984. It was subsequently sold to Premier Foods in 2006.
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“Trade Card for Libox, Extrait De Viande Assaisonné [Libox, Seasoned Beef Extract] .” Ink on paper. Liebig's Extract of Meat Company, 1903. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/w37637980.
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