Mahdeen Company, 1912-1985 | East Texas Research Center

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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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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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