A handwritten diary of cruises and travels taken by inventor and pharmaceutical manufacturer E.R. (Edward Robinson) Squibb
with his wife, Helen, of Brooklyn, New York, features visits to numerous countries as passengers on several cruise lines,
from 29 May through 18 December 1897. The author's hand is tight and meticulous. The author pasted- or laid-in photographs
(including one of Edward and Helen), maps, images of ships sailed, passenger lists, customs stamps, interpreters' cards, programs
of concerts attended, and letters received from his grandchildren.
"Edward Robinson Squibb (1819-1901) was an American inventor and manufacturer of pharmaceutics. He was a ship's surgeon in
the U.S. Navy during the Mexican-American War and later ran a medical station at the Brooklyn Naval Yards. In 1954, he invented
an improved method for distilling ether, a method which he readily shared instead of patenting it for profit. After leaving
the military, he founded his own pharmaceutics manufacturing business in Brooklyn, New York, in 1858. In 1892, he partnered
with his sons (Edward H. and Charles F.), operating under the name "E.R. Squibb and Sons". The sons sold the company in 1905,
and it later grew to become Bristol-Myers Squibb."
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