All Along the Squibb Tower

BHB Photo Club pic by joshderr via Flickr

BHB Photo Club pic by joshderr via Flickr

BHB Photo Club contributor Josh Derr comments about this photo:

Found this walking down Furman street today behind the 30 Columbia Heights building (aka Watchtower). It’s one of the few remaining indications of the building’s previous owners.

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  • Tom S

    From the Bristol-Myers Squib website:

    As a young U.S. Navy doctor, Edward Robinson Squibb (1819-1900) was so unimpressed by the quality of medicines available on ships during the Mexican War that he pitched the unfit drugs overboard. In 1858, he found his own pharmaceutical laboratory in Brooklyn, New York. E.R. Squibb, M.D. was dedicated to the production of consistently pure medicines.

    Squibb became the source of medicines for the Union Army during the Civil War. He invented the Squibb pannier—a compact wooden medicine chest used on the battlefield—filled with some 50 medicines to treat casualties. The chest sold for about $100, and included ether and chloroform for use as an anesthetic during amputations, quinine and whiskey to treat symptoms of malaria, and herbal treatments for dysentery and other diseases that ravaged the unsanitary military camps.

  • nabeguy

    Great article. Aren’t they’re still using those panniers at Walter Reed?

  • sue

    That’s why I grew up playing in Squibb Park. And not learningn how to tell time because of the clock.

  • Claude Scales

    Hendrix or Dylan?

  • nabeguy

    sue, when I was growing up, we lived by that clock. It was like a digital mother, telling us when to come home for dinner. But we knew better than to trust the temperature…it was always off by about 5 degrees.