Mahdeen Company, 1912-1985 | East Texas Research Center

Collection Overview

Title: Mahdeen Company, 1912-1985Add to your cart.

ID: B/53

Extent: 326.0 Items

Subjects: Business records -- Texas, East, Hair preparations, Mahdeen Company (Nacogdoches, Tex.) -- Records and correspondence

Languages: English

Collection Historical Note

The partnership between John Louis Needham and Frank Speir Aikman in 1912, resulted the Mahdeen Company. The Mahdeen Company manufactured and sold hair tonic called "Mahdeen for Dandruff". The formula for the tonic was obtained by Mr. Needham, a Nacogdoches barber shop operator. Mr. Aikman, a traveling salesman originally from New York, was inspired by the product to provide financial backing, leading to the partnership of the two men.

In 1918 J. L. Needham died and eventually his heirs, Conrad Needham and Mrs. Mary Tom Weyman, received even shares of his stock in the company. Between 1931-1933, three serious complaints resulting from the use of the Mahdeen product were reported. Many of the papers included in this collection relate to the complaints.

In 1939 F. S. Aikman died, and in 1941 W. A. Mize, B. H. Mize, and E. C. Best purchased The Mahdeen Company. In 1965, the company was bought by a firm in Dallas which continued to sell the Mahdeen tonic under Mahdeen Laboratories.

Subject/Index Terms

Business records -- Texas, East
Hair preparations
Mahdeen Company (Nacogdoches, Tex.) -- Records and correspondence


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Folder 1: Mahdeen Company partnership contracts. 2 items, 1912-1915Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Supplementary agreement between Needham and Aikman. 1 item, 1913Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence between Needham and Aikman 12 items, 1913-1916.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence from Attorneys Blount and Strong. 2 items, 1916Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Lease for house and lot. 1 item., 1915Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Lien on partnership. 1 item, 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Sale of copyright and trademark. 1 item., 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Sale of interest in the company 1 item, 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Certificate of dissolution 1 item, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 10: New York sanitary codes 2 items, 1929-1931Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence concerning labeling Mahdeen 15 items, 1931-1933Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Sample advertising letters  2 items, cat 1930'sAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Advertisement circulars for barber shops 4 items, cat 1930'sAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Examples of bottle labels 7 items, cat 1930'sAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Revision notes for bottle labels 4 items, cat 1930'sAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Correspondence regarding Brunson suit 15 items., Nov.-Dec. 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Correspondence regarding Brunson suit 14 items, Jan.-Feb. 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Correspondence regarding Brunson suit 14 items, March 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Correspondence regarding alleged injuries due to Mahdeen 4 items, May-June 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Correspondence regarding Lade suit 8 items, Aug.-Sept. 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Correspondence regarding Lade suit 9 items, Oct. 1932 - Jan. 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Correspondence of Mahdeen Co. and Federal Trade Commission 12 items., June 1941 April 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Correspondence of Mahdeen Co. and Federal Trade Commission 8 items, May-July 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 24: F. S. Aikman's Income tax figures (rough notes) 12 items, 1922-1929Add to your cart.
Folder 25: F. S. Aikman's Income tax figures (rough notes) 8 items, 1930-1932Add to your cart.
Folder 26: F. S. Aikman's Income tax figures (rough notes) 10 items, 1933-1936Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Assets and liabilities 2 items, 1916Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Assets and liabilities 2 items, 1917Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Assets and liabilities 1 item, 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Assets and liabilities 1 item, 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Assets and liabilities 1 item, 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Assets and liabilities 1 item, 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Assets and liabilities 1 item, 1922Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Assets and liabilities 1 item, 1923Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Assets and liabilities 1 item, 1924Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Assets and liabilities 1 item, 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Assets and liabilities 1 item, 1926Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Assets and liabilities 1 item, 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Assets and liabilities 1 item, 1928Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Assets and liabilities 1 item, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Assets and liabilities 1 item, 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Assets and liabilities 1 item, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Assets and liabilities 1 item, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Assets and liabilities 1 item, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Assets and liabilities 1 item, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Assets and liabilities 1 item, 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Assets and liabilities 1 item, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Assets and liabilities 1 item, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Assets and liabilities 1 item, 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Assets and liabilities 1 item, 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Assets and liabilities 7 items, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Assets and liabilities 12 items, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Assets and liabilities 4 items, 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Report to stockholders on financial position of Mahdeen 4 items, 1940 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Assets and liabilities 1 item, 1965Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Box 1: State of Louisiana, Certificate of Registration 6 items, 1936-1941Add to your cart.
Box 2: State of Louisiana, Certificate of Registration 7 items, 1943-1949Add to your cart.
Box 3: State of Louisiana, Certificate of Registration 9 items, 1950-1959 (excluding 1953)Add to your cart.
Box 4: Certificate of Registration, Florida State Board of Health 1 item., 1961Add to your cart.
Box 5: State of Louisiana, application for registration 7 items, 1950-1957 (excluding 1955)Add to your cart.
Box 6: State of Louisiana, cover letters for applications for registration  2 items, 1947, 1958Add to your cart.
Box 7: State of Texas, Department of Health cover letter to application for registration 1 item, 1959Add to your cart.
Box 8: State of Texas, Department of Health receipt cards for registration fees  9 items, 1949-1957Add to your cart.
Box 9: State of Texas, Department of Health receipt cards for registration fees 4 items, 1943, 1945, 1947Add to your cart.
Box 10: Tax statements and receipts 2 items, 1938-1939Add to your cart.
Box 11: Tax statements and receipts 11 items, 1940-1949Add to your cart.
Box 12: Tax statements and receipts 6 items, 1953-1956, 1958-1959Add to your cart.
Box 13: Correspondence: Emery C. Best with Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co. regarding his policies 9 items, 1921-1946Add to your cart.
Box 14: Insurance premium notices, receipts, etc. of Emery C. Best 4 items, 1917-1943Add to your cart.
Box 15: Insurance premium notices, receipts, etc., of Emery C. Best  6 items, 1922-1960Add to your cart.
Box 16: Christmas card printed for F. S. Aikman 1 item, cat 1930'sAdd to your cart.
Box 17: Photographs, 8 items. (1) Examples of different kinds of bottles (2 photos). (2) Safe, shown next to L. D. Pate (3 photos). (3) Detail of safe (2 photos). (4) Frank S. Aikman (1 photo), ca. 1930's-1985Add to your cart.
Box 18: Miscellaneous. 3 items. (1) Pre addressed envelope of Mahdeen Laboratories in Dallas, ca. 1985. (2) Envelope to that address returned undelivered, 1985. (3) Letter from Ruth Pouts Pochman with her recollections of incidents relating to the Mahdeen Company, 1985Add to your cart.
Box 19: Articles regarding the history of The Mahdeen Company, by Lucille Fain, from The Daily Sentinel  5 items, 1985Add to your cart.

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