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P.H. Loeffler Collection

Identifier: A-3787

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of one envelope for camera film circa. 1906 to be developed at P.H. Loeffler, Druggist located at 319 North Burdick Street in Kalamazoo, Michigan.


  • Creation: 1906

Philip H. Loeffler Bio

Philip H. Loeffler was born on July 15, 1862 in Adrian, MI. He married Nellie Ann Be Dell (1864-1950) on December 25, 1885. The couple resided in Kalamazoo and had two children. Bessie Marie (1886-1981) and Floyd (1889-1965). Philip first opened Loeffler and Whalin Druggists located at 319 North Burdick in 1893 with his partner Noble R. Whalin (1874-1905). However, by 1895 Philip owned the drugstore alone. P.H. Loeffler Druggist operated until 1919. By 1921, the drugstore had been sold to Wilmot E. Dees (b. 1883) and renamed Dee’s Drugstore. Philip’s son Floyd worked there until 1922 as a pharmacist. Dee’s Drugstore continued to operate on N. Burdick Street until 1924 when it moved to a location on Harrison Street. The business was gone by 1929. Philip Loeffler divorced Nellie on November 12, 1885 citing cruelty and desertion as the reason for separation. He later married Margaret Loeffler (1873-10/3/1948). Philip died on January 3, 1949 in Kalamazoo. Both he and Margaret are buried in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery in Kalamazoo, MI.

Seneca Cameras

Seneca Cameras that advertised on the film envelope contained in this collection were first manufactured in 1895 in New York. The “Style C” camera for which the portrait attachment is advertised on the envelope, were first introduced in 1906 for a cost of $5.00. Constructed of wood and covered with imitation leather, the camera could take six or twelve daylight exposures per roll of film. The Vest Pocket Seneca F was also first manufactured in 1906. Although more portable, it too could only take six to twelve pictures per roll of film.


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Physical Description

This collection amounts to 0.05 cubic feet of space and is comprised of one envelope for camera film to be developed. The envelope measures 6 ½”x9,” and is in poor condition. It is torn along the fold of the envelope as well as on the edges and corners. The color is dirty and faded and the pencil writing of the name of the customer for whom the film was developed has faded so that it is almost illegible.


Purchased with funds from the Starring Endowment

P.H. Loeffler Collection
Ashley Kirvan
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490