Collection of Three Printed Promotional Ephemera from the Albers Bros. Milling Co., c. 1922

By: Albers Bros. Milling Co.

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Collection of three original printed promotional ephemera from the Albers Brothers Milling Company, namely, a five-page bulletin and two one-page advertisements or announcements. Printed in black ink on beige paper and brown cardstock. Bulletin is stapled in the upper-left corner. Circa 1922 (one of the ads is dated March 1922; the bulletin and other ad are undated). 8" x 11." Seven pages (one five-page bulletin, and two one-page ads). Small black-and-white illustrations on the ads show bags of chicken feed. Pages are very clean and intact except for horizontal and vertical fold lines, a few wrinkles, and age toning. Near Fine copies. A collection of three promotional ephemera from the Albers Bros. Milling Co. The bulletin is labeled as "Bulletin No. 2" under the company's letterhead. The bulletin is authored by poultrologist J. E. Layton who describes the benefits of using Albers Bros. chicken feed products such as Albers Premium Egg-Maker and Albers Premium Scratch Feed. Most of the bulletin is instructional and informs readers on how to properly feed and care for their chickens in order to optimize maximum egg yield. For example, Layton describes the feeding schedule for chickens and what to feed them at different times or seasons; how to treat parasites such as lice, red mites, and intestinal worms; the importance of proper ventilation and hygiene in hen houses and providing shade during the summer months; and what to do when hens molt after egg-laying. One of the ads (on beige paper) promotes Albers Egg-Maker feed as a high-quality, protein-rich, and affordable chicken feed that has no fillers. The other ad (on brown cardstock) promotes Albers Egg-Maker and Scratch Feed but is also instructional in nature and includes a summer feeding schedule for hens. This ad also includes "special remarks" pertaining to the proper care of hens such as the importance of allowing hens access to Egg-Maker, oystershell, grit, charcoal, and cool, fresh water at all times. The Albers Brothers Milling Company was incorporated in 1901 and founded by Bernard (Bernhard) Albers and his four brothers, Henry, William, George, and Frank. The Albers brothers had immigrated from Germany and established their grain business in Portland, Oregon when wheat and flour were among Oregon's most profitable exports. Their product line-up consisted of a variety of grain products for human and animal consumption. The Albers' company eventually opened branches in other locations such as Seattle, Tacoma, Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Ogden. With the decline of the international wheat market, the Albers Bros. Milling Co. merged with the Carnation Milk Products Company in 1929. The Albers' company became a division of Carnation which continued to use the Albers brand until both Carnation and Albers were acquired by Nestle in 1984. The Albers brand is still in use to this day under Continental Mills of Seattle, which had purchased the brand from Nestle in 2008.