Fonds MG3 - Mearl Corporation - Mearlmaid Pearl Essence 1933 - 2007

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Mearl Corporation - Mearlmaid Pearl Essence 1933 - 2007

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  • 1933 - 2007 (Creation)

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10 cm - 5 cm textual documents and 5 cm display artifacts

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The Mearl Corporation was started in Manhattan, New York in 1933 by two chemists where they extracted natural pearl luster from fish scales, becoming the world’s leading manufacturer of pearlescent pigments. Fishermen from Grand Manan used boats called “pumpers” to pump herring from weirs or seines into a boat called a “carrier.” During this process the scales were removed from the herring and collected in “scale” baskets which were then sold to Mearl Corporation in Eastport, Maine. A scale basket of today is a plastic bushel basket with holes in it to drain excess water. The scales were used to make pearl essence used in nail polish, cosmetics, automotive paints and many other applications.

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This fonds contains information of the Mearl Corporation operating with Grand Manan fishermen to purchase fish scales from 1933 to 2007.

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Display materials accompanying this fonds are on display in the Grand Manan Museum in 2019. When the display is changed these items will be stored with artifacts in museum location: Cosmetic Palette showing range of colors ; Examples of Iridescent Film on basket weave backing - many different designs illustrated ; two bottles containing unknown substance relating to Pearl Essence. To be stored in Museum storage when display is dismantled.

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