In the earliest years of the company, when it was
known as the Upjohn Pill & Granule Company, a wooden cabinet was
offered free as an incentive to pharmacies that made certain
sized orders and committed to be a regular customer.
Three Upjohn Pill and Granule Company cabinets
are currently known to exist. They belong to Carol Orris, Dan
Russell and Bob Hunt. The company name on Carol's cabinet is
different to that shown in the price lists below. It is not yet
known what this means. Since it is a Kalamazoo-area cabinet it
may have been a prototype.
In the 1894 and 1896 Upjohn price lists there were
two versions of cabinet: (1) A 53 x 39 inches that required a wholesale purchase
of $100 (about $3,000 in inflation adjusted 2021 dollars); (2) A
46 x 35 inches that required the purchase of $50 in product ($1,500 in 2021).
In the 1899 price list an improved cabinet - it has sliding
boxes on the shelves - was 46 x 33 inches.
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story of Bob Hunt's reproduction Upjohn cabinet