Scope and Contents
This collection includes thirteen trade cards from the Schnull-Krag Coffee Company of Indianapolis, Indiana (circa 1880s). Varying in size, most of the cards promote the company's Standard Coffee, touting it as the "Best Package Coffee on Earth." Two cards of special note have pictures of ladies in formal gowns, wearing white gloves and holding fans and were used to promote the company's "High Grade Windsor Mocha and Java" and "Best Java" coffees.
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Biographical / Historical
Henry Schnull was born December 26, 1833 at Hausberge in the province of Westphalia, Germany. He immigrated to the United States when he was 18 years old and arrived in Indianapolis in 1852. He worked various jobs before becoming a partner in his first grocery store in 1855. Following several years of successful enterprise in the grocery wholesale business, he sold out in 1865. The following year, he founded the Merchants’ National Bank and served as its first president. In 1868, he returned to the wholesale grocery business, partnering with Henry Severin and Bergen Applegate. He sold his interest in this business in 1872, bought a hotel, and then entered the grocery trade again when he bought interest in the firm of Over & Krag. Partnering with William A. Krag and operating under the name Schnull & Krag, the company was a wholesale grocery, a coffee company, and cigar business. By the end of 1888, William Krag had left the business and the company continued as Schnull & Company. Mr. Schnull, a pioneer merchant of Indianapolis who was referred to as the “father of the wholesale district,” passed away at the age of 71 on November 4, 1905.
William A. Krag was born in Ohio in 1843 and began in the grocery business in 1861. After leaving Schnull & Krag, he purchased another Indianapolis wholesale grocery, A.B. Gates & Company, in 1894 and operated it under the name Krag-Reynolds Company along with Charles M. Reynolds and his son William Wallace Krag. He later moved to Boston, Massachusetts, then to San Francisco, California, where he passed away on June 30, 1909.
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