Group of three oversized ink blotters featuring Murphy, Grant & Company from the late 1890s.
The Murphy, Grant & Company was founded in 1851 by Eugene Kelly, J.A. Donohoe, Daniel T. Murphy and Adam Grant. They were considered the largest wholesale dry goods house on the west coast. They also manufactured "The Never Rip Overall" under the Nonpareil Brand. Nonpareil is French and means without equal. They were considered one of Levi's biggest rivals at the time.
Below is a Nonpareil label by Murphy, Grant & Co., from 1891
|From Oregon State Archives|
Advertising cover from Murphy, Grant & Co. postmarked 1896
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