John D. Larkin, a native of Buffalo, New York, was a pioneer in American business. The soap business which he started in a rented building in 1875--and which Elbert Hubbard was a part--grew to become one of the largest mail order houses in the country by the turn of the century. As a teenager, Larkin had learned the soap business from the ground up, working for his brother-in-law making soap in Buffalo, and slinging soap (selling door to door) in New York City and Brooklyn. Using innovative marketing techniques, Larkin Company grew to become a rival of such giants as Sears Roebuck and Montgomery Ward. His grandson, Daniel I. Larkin, tells the story that is nothing less than the American dream. A trail-blazer rises from humble beginnings to become head of a firm whose name was a household word from coast to coast.
This is for visitors who have pre-arranged tours of the Elbert Hubbard Roycroft Museum.
This plastic key chain features an image of 13th President Millard Fillmore on one side...
This plastic key chain features an image of Roycroft founder Elbert Hubbard on one side...