Golden Star’s first building, circa 1908. Standing in front are Gustave Gradinger, general manager, R.E. Morris, chemist, and J.E. Thompson, sales manager. The steam engine on the right pulled the chemicals for the tank farm located behind the building (above photo).

Manufacturing Claire Jinx self-polishing wax in 1947.

John Gosson (with the floor machine), future president of Parish Maintenance Supply, gives a floor demonstration. “Sales without demonstrations are like conversations without words,” he told Sanitary Maintenance in 1961.

Eddy Kelly, president of Dosatron International, promotes his product at a trade show.

In 1948, Chase Products was one of the first three companies granted a license by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide mosquito abatement solution in pressurized containers.

Chase Products was the first company to manufacture spray paint. Ed Seymour (seated second from left), founder of Seymour of Sycamore, had paint, a prototype spray gun and the clever idea. Carl Svendsen, founder of Chase (standing), had a manufacturing plant equipped with aerosol filling equipment.

Gent-l-kleen employees fill seven-pound cans with Original Gent-l-kleen Hand Cleaner.

Sandy Arnold (left), president and founder of S.M. Arnold, Inc., receives the First Award for Best of Show Competition at the 1955 IASI Show at Navy Pier in Chicago.

Tom Hanna founded Capital Sanitary Supply Co. in Des Moines, Iowa in 1939. He always had good taste in reading material.

Raymond Kirsner, current president of FiTCH Co., a distribution company founded in 1898, stands outside his company in the 1980s.

Unger Founder Henry Unger demonstrates his window cleaning poles at a trade show in the 1960s.

Two fixtures of ISSA: LeAnn Nowling and Jack Ramaley draw names for booth locations for the 1978 Atlanta convention.

An early delivery truck for S. Freedman & Sons.

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