A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from April 23, 2006
“The Oldest Apothecary in America” (C. O. Bigelow)
Clarence Otis Bigelow took over a pharmacy that had started in 1838, and he operated it for 57 years until his death in 1937. The pharmacy still exists at Sixth Avenue in the West Village, and it's billed as "The Oldest Apothecary in America."

C. O. Bigelow is probably best known today for supplying its named goods to the Bath & Body Works chain.

http://www.bigelowchemists.com/
WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF BIGELOW...
Our 168-year old apothecary tucked amid the bustling chic of New York City's West Village. This on-line catalog is rife with some of our favorite and best selling items: items that have stood the test of time, items that are designed to amuse, and some that are just plain good for you. With our belief in the highest quality products, we travel the world, scouring for items that make a difference in the way you look and feel. For decades our landmark store has been a destination spot for discerning New Yorkers. Today, Bigelow continues to draw a cross section of dwellers, from celebrities (we won't go name dropping), to fashionistas, to neighborhood devotees who cherish the rarity of our old school approach...
"If you can't get it anywhere else, try Bigelow
http://www.limitedbrands.com/brands/cobigelow/index.jsp
the oldest apothecary in america.
Limited Brands has expanded it's family of world class brands and is excited to introduce.... C.O. Bigelow, the one-stop-destination for beauty and personal care brands from around the world. The new stores have an overall feel of a traditional apothecary with "clinical laboratory-type elements" that enhances C.O. Bigelow's credibility as a time-tested authority in personal care.

Founded in 1838, C.O. Bigelow is America's oldest apothecary, nestled in the heart of New York's Greenwich Village. Known to customers as a neighborhood hub and "go to" destination for personal care needs, where the proprietor knows its customers, their individual needs and does the research to find all the perfect products to suit the unique tastes and needs of its customers. Famous and historical individuals like Eleanor Roosevelt, Mark Twain and Thomas Edison have all entered the doors of this prominent apothecary store for their personal care needs.

C.O. Bigelow products are available at all Bath & Body Works locations, and the C.O. Bigelow store in Columbus, Ohio. Six new C.O. Bigelow stores are scheduled to open this fall in Boston, Chicago, and Paramus -- stay tuned!

29 March 1937, New York Times, pg. 19:
CLARENCE BIGELOW,
LONG A PHARMACIST

Owner of Drug Store 57 Years
Was Treasurer of Columbia
Pharmacy School 40 Years

ALSO PRESIDENT OF BANK

Head of the West Side Savings
Institution Many Years -- Dies
Here at Age of 85

Clarence Otis Bigelow of 133 West Seventy-eighth Street, pharmacist and banker, who was president of the West Side Savings Bank and for fifty-seven years proprietor of the drug store bearing his name at Eighth Street and Sixth Avenue, died yesterday afternoon in St. Luke's Hospital, after a fortnight's illness, at the age of 85.
(...)
A native of Warwick, R. I., a son of William Marlin and Margaret Dye Bigelow, Mr. Bigelow came to New York as a lad of 20 and got a job as a clerk in the drug store of George L. Hooper. Nine years later he became its proprietor. The establishment stood then on its present sire, 414 Sixth Avenue, and had been there since it was started by Dr. Galen Hooper, a Vermonter, in 1838.

The store has, of course, changed greatly in appearance in the ninety-nine years of its history, but in its concessions to modern trends in pharmacies it has continued to make its primary function the dispensing of medicines, the accurate filling of physicians' prescriptions.

(Trademark)
Word Mark CLARENCE O. BIGELOW, APOTHECARY. ESTABLISHED 1838. SIXTH AVENUE BELOW NINTH STREET, NEW YORK.
Goods and Services IC 003. US 001 004 006 050 051 052. G & S: personal care products, namely after shave, after shave balm, after shave lotion, non-medicated alum block for use after shaving, antiperspirant, cosmetic astringent for the face and skin, bath additive, bath gel, bath oil, non-medicated bath soaks, blush, non-medicated body balm, facial and skin cleansers, body cream, body lotion, skin moisturizer, body and beauty care preparations, namely non-medicated body ointments and salve, body scrub, body wash, cleansing cream, cold cream, cologne, cosmetics, dentifrice, deodorants for personal use, depilatories, dusting powder, essential oils for personal use, eye cream, eye gel, eyeliner, eye shadow, face cleanser, face cream, face gel, face lotion, face mask, face mist, face moisturizer, face powder, face scrub, non-medicated face serum, face toner, face wash, foot cream, non-medicated foot powder, foot salve, fragrances for personal use, hair bleaches, hair conditioner, hair detangler, hair pomade, hair shampoo, hair styling preparations, hair waxes, hand cleanser, hand cream, hand lotion, lip balm, lip buffer, lip exfoliator, non-medicated lip care preparations, lip shine, lip stick, liquid cleansers for the face and skin, make up remover, mascara, massage cream, massage oil, non-medicated mouthwash, nail cream, nail polish, non-medicated nose balm, perfume, post sun tanning cream, post sun tanning lotion, pumice stone for personal use, scented room spray, non-medicated body salve, namely, rose salve, toilet water, namely rose water, shaving balm, shaving cream, shaving gel, shave lather, shower gel, skin cream, skin lotion, skin tonic, soap, sun care products, talcum powder
IC 005. US 006 018 044 046 051 052. G & S: acne treatment preparations, aloe-vera gel, anti-itch lotion, anti-itch cream, anti-itch ointment, antiseptic gel, aspirin, blemish pads, blemish treatments, medicated body lotion, medicated chest balm, medicated cold sore treatment preparations, cough and cold treatment preparations, dandruff shampoo, medicinal elixirs and ingestibles for the treatment of cold and flu treatments, medicated foot powder, ingestibles, insect repellant, liniment oil spray, liniments, medicated lip salve, medicated throat and cough lozenges, mentholated body lotion, medicated mouthwash, nutritional supplements, nutritionally fortified beverages, medicated soap, styptic pencil, vitamins

IC 035. US 100 101 102. G & S: mail order retail services and online retail store services featuring personal care products, pharmaceutical products, cosmetics, toiletries, spa, skin and beauty care products, retail store services

Mark Drawing Code (5) WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS IN STYLIZED FORM
Design Search Code
Serial Number 78544397
Filing Date January 8, 2005
Current Filing Basis 1B
Original Filing Basis 1B
Owner (APPLICANT) Bigelow Merchandising, LLC LTD LIAB CO DELAWARE Three Limited Parkway Columbus OHIO 43230
Prior Registrations 2365803;2802209;2915656;AND OTHERS
Disclaimer NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE "APOTHECARY. ESTABLISHED 1838. SIXTH AVENUE BELOW NINTH STREET, NEW YORK" APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN
Type of Mark TRADEMARK. SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Other Data "The name(s), portrait(s), and/or signature(s) shown in the mark does not identify a particular living individual."
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

(Trademark)
Word Mark C.O. BIGELOW ESTABLISHED 1838 APOTHECARIES
Goods and Services IC 003. US 001 004 006 050 051 052. G & S: personal care products, namely after shave balm, non-medicated facial cut and nick treatment block, antiperspirants, cosmetic astringent for the face and skin, non-medicated bath soaks, non-medicated skin and face balm, facial and skin cleansers, body creams, body lotion, skin moisturizers, body and beauty care preparations, namely non-medicated body ointments and salve, body scrub, cold cream, dentifrice, deodorants for personal use, depilatories, eye cream, eye gel, face cleansers, face lotion, face masks, face mist, face moisturizers, face scrubs, non-medicated face serum, face toners, foot cream, non-medicated foot powder, hair bleaches, hair waxes, hand cleansers, hand cream, hand lotions, lip exfoliator, non-medicated lip care preparations, lip treatments, make up removers, non-medicated mouthwash, nail gels, nail cream, non-medicated nose balm, post sun tanning cream, post sun tanning lotion, pumice stone for personal use and facial steam preparations
IC 004. US 001 006 015. G & S: candles

IC 005. US 006 018 044 046 051 052. G & S: acne treatment preparations, anti-itch lotion, anti-itch cream, anti-itch ointment, medicated chest balm, medicated cold sore treatment preparations, medicinal elixirs and ingestibles for the treatment of colds and flus, medicated foot powder, insect repellants, liniment oil spray, liniments, medicated lip salve, medicated mouthwash, nutritional supplements, nutritionally fortified beverages and styptic pencils, medicinal astringent for the face and skin

IC 008. US 023 028 044. G & S: NAIL CLIPPERS, NAIL FILE, NAIL SCISSORS, NON-ELECTRIC RAZORS, RAZOR BLADES AND TWEEZERS

IC 010. US 026 039 044. G & S: ORTHOPEDIC FOAM SHOE INSERTS

IC 016. US 002 005 022 023 029 037 038 050. G & S: CARDBOARD GIFT BOXES, GIFT WRAPPING PAPER, PAPER AND PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS AND TISSUE PAPER

IC 020. US 002 013 022 025 032 050. G & S: HAND HELD MIRRORS AND PERSONAL COMPACT MIRRORS

IC 021. US 002 013 023 029 030 033 040 050. G & S: COMBS, HAIR BRUSHES, NON-ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSHES, SHAVE BRUSHES, AND SHOE POLISHING MITTS

IC 030. US 046. G & S: CHEWING GUM, MINTS AND PASTILLES
Mark Drawing Code (5) WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS IN STYLIZED FORM

Design Search Code
Serial Number 78431801
Filing Date June 8, 2004
Current Filing Basis 1B
Original Filing Basis 1B
Owner (APPLICANT) Bigelow Merchandising, LLC LTD LIAB CO DELAWARE Three Limited Parkway Columbus OHIO 43230
Prior Registrations 2365803;2802209;2915656
Disclaimer NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE "ESTABLISHED 1838 APOTHCARIES" APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL-2(F)-IN PART
Other Data The mark does not identify a living individual.
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE
Distinctiveness Limitation Statement in part, as to C. O. BIGELOW

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