Afterdays Media focuses on archaeological views of our contemporary culture. Artifacts, art, or cultural phenomena that picture us in the past tense.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Du-Good Chemical

The homespun façade of the Du-Good Chemical Laboratory in St. Louis is an unusual example of the folk-like presentation of a scientific facility. Lincoln I. Diuguid, a local science professor, established the lab in 1948. His company provided microanalytic services and also marketed its own brand of cleaning products and cosmetics. The business was in operation for over 50 years.
Occupying a late nineteenth century commercial building, Dr. Diuguid’s lab made no attempt to varnish over the old structure with a veneer of modernity or authority. Instead, Du-Good looks to have been primarily an expression of the professor’s unique personality. Now, the shuttered place is fading into the urban patina on south Jefferson Avenue…

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