Richard Hudnut Compacts & Heritage
By the age of 59 Alexander had decided to retire due to ailments. He sold Hudnut’s Pharmacy & another NY based store for a reported quarter of a million dollars. The stores kept the name as this ensured future custom & indeed the name as well as the trade ensured this huge price tag. Although this was confusing as his son, Richard was also trading too.
A third pharmacy on 925 Broadway was operated by Richard Hudnut. Obviously his business was booming too as he moved into the prestigious The Dakota. From 1895 & for the next four years Richard Hudnut promoted his new fragrances in that year Extreme Violet, Superba & Indianotis. The year later Violet Sec. In 18982 Yanky, Lily of The Valley & the following year Violet Superba Face Powder.
To say that the trading situation was confusing is correct, despite the fact that Hudnut's Pharmacy and Richard Hudnut made efforts to distinguish each-other's products. Often the two Hudnut brands can only be identified by the addresses on the advertisements and labels. In 1893 Richard Hudnut launched the ‘Hudnutine’ brand. This brand included tooth powder, face powder, rouge and cold cream. Some say that the Hudnutine brand was the first cosmetic line.