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Aloe Company Building Time Capsule Collection

Identifier: A0023

Scope and Contents

The metal capsule, packed with rolls of medical wrapping, was opened on October 10, 1996. It contained over two dozen items, including a letter written by company president Howard F. Baer in September 1940, numerous brochures and catalogs put out by the company, photographs, coins, and a selection of periodicals.


  • 1937-1940


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

For permission to publish, quote from, or reproduce material in this collection, please contact the Archives Reference Desk at Copyright restrictions may apply. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright.

Historical Sketch

The Aloe Company, founded about 1860 by Albert S. Aloe, a Scotch-Irish immigrant, began as an optical eye-glass shop and soon expanded its line to include cameras, surveying and civil engineering instruments, and surgical instruments. The latter proved the most popular, and in 1888 the A.S. Aloe Company published a catalog of surgical instruments. In 1893, Louis Patrick Aloe succeeded his father as president of the firm. Following Louis Aloe's death in 1929, his son-in-law, Howard F. Baer, became president of the company, and expanded the firm both geographically and in its product line, which, by 1959, included 30,000 separate items. In that year, the A.S. Aloe Company was acquired by the Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company of Chicago. In 1968, Sherwood Medical was formed from various medical, surgical, and laboratory products companies, including the A.S. Aloe Company. Sherwood-Davis and Geck was created in 1995 when the businesses of Sherwood Medical and the medical manufacturing firm of Davis and Geck were combined. At the time the time capsule was opened, Sherwood-Davis and Geck was one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of medical and surgical devices, headquartered at 1915 Olive Street in St. Louis and employing 8,700 people worldwide. In 1998, Sherwood-Davis and Geck was acquired by Tycho International, which transferred plant operations to Mexico.


0.9 Cubic Feet ( (2 boxes; 2 oversize folders))

Language of Materials



The contents of the Aloe Company Building time capsule are housed in three boxes in the Archives. The third box containing oversize material is stored with the regular oversize collections. The collection is aranged by type of document.

Physical and Technical Requirements

There are no physical or technical restrictions.

Donor Information

The A.S. Aloe medical instruments company headquarters building at 1831 Olive Street was constructed in 1940. When the building was demolished for a parking lot 56 years later, a time capsule was recovered from the building's cornerstone. Howard Baer and his nephew, Kenneth Aloe Marshall, presented the time capsule to the Missouri Historical Society in early 1997, on behalf of Sherwood-Davis and Geck, a "direct descendant" of the Aloe Company.

Separated Materials

The time capsule itself and the medical wrapping used as packing material are housed in Museum Collections.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised by Jaime Bourassa, March 2013.


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Repository Details

Part of the Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center Repository

225 S. Skinker Blvd.
St. Louis MO 63105 United States