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Avon Products Inc., Suwanee, Georgia site photographs

Accession 2013.264

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
research@hagley.org

Finding aid prepared by Laurie Rizzo in 2014., 2014

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Cite items for this collection in the following format:
[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Avon Products Inc., Suwanee, Georgia site photographs (Accession 2013.264), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Avon Products Inc., Suwanee, Georgia site photographs
Dates: 1989-1992
Accession Number: 2013.264
Extent: 0.25 linear feet
Physical Description: 101 photographic prints : color ; 3.5 x 5 in. 62 photographic prints : color ; 4 x 6 in. 2 photographic prints : color ; 5 x 7 in. 1 photographic print : b&w ; 4 x 6 in. 44 negatives : color ; 35 mm. 2 items.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: Avon Products, Inc., manufactures and sells beauty, household and personal care products. In 1989, ground was broken on a new distribution center and warehouse in Suwanee, Georgia. The construction of the site was completed in May 1991 and officially opened in February, 1992. This is a small collection of photographic color prints that document the construction of the Suwanee distribution and warehouse site
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Administrative Information


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Historical Note

Avon Products, Inc., manufactures and sells beauty, household, and personal care products. It is one of the oldest direct selling companies in America. The company was founded in 1886 by David H. McConnell (1856-1937), originally named the California Perfume Company which focused on selling perfumes.

McConnell established a manufacturing headquarters and research laboratory in Suffern, New York in the 1890s. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the company expanded its line of products to include cosmetics, household cleaners, food flavorings, and toiletries.

The company name was officially changed to Avon in 1939. Avon grew increasingly successful and profitable during the 1940s, and the company expanded into the international market in the 1950s. Avon diversified in the 1970s. Costume jewelry, fine jewelry, gift and decorative items were introduced to the product line, and the company entered the mail order business in 1973. The decade of the 1980s was a period of merger and acquisition for the company. Avon briefly entered the health care field, expanded its direct mail order business, and ventured into retail fragrance sales.

In 1989, ground was broken on a new distribution center and warehouse in Suwanee, Georgia. The construction of the site was completed in May 1991 and officially opened in February, 1992. In the Summer of 2013, Avon closed the Suwanee distribution center which eliminated 250 jobs. The decision to close was an effort to streamline and improve the health of the company. Orders which were handled by the Suwanee branch were moved to an Ohio facility.

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Scope and Content

This is a small collection of photographic color prints which document the construction of the Suwanee distribution and warehouse site. Images include both interiors and exteriors, as well as machinery, equipment, and employees. There are photographs of the ribbon cutting ceremony/grand opening, including the invitation.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

Box Folder
1 1 Suwanee site month-by-month exterior views, 1989-1990; 7 photographic prints : color ; 3.5 x 5 in.
Box Folder
1 2 Construction exteriors, 1989-1991; 7 photographic prints : color ; 3.5 x 5 in. 3 photographic prints : color ; 4 x 6 in.
Box Folder
1 3 Avon, Cotillion Drive, Dunwoody, Georgia, 1990 [Exterior shot of building and close up of statue in a fountain.] ; 2 photographic prints : color ; 3.5 x 5 in.
Box Folder
1 4 Construction exteriors and interiors, 1990-1991; 61 photographic prints : color ; 3.5 x 5 in. (some duplicates). 6 photographic prints : color ; 4 x 6 in. 2 photographic prints : color ; 5 x 7 in.
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1 5 Construction interiors, 1991 January; 7 photographic prints : color ; 4 x 6 in.
Box Folder
1 6 Construction interiors, 1991 March; 17 photographic prints : color ; 3.5 x 5 in.1 photographic prints : color ; 4 x 6 in.
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1 7 "Frame Job" newspaper clipping, before 1991 May [Image of construction with caption about the new distribution and warehouse building.] ; 1 item.
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1 8 Ribbon cutting ceremony, 1992 [Includes invitation.] ; 7 photographic prints : color ; 3.5 x 5 in. 38 photographic prints : color ; 4 x 6 in. 1 photographic print : b&w ; 4 x 6 in. 1 item.
Box Folder
1 9 Plant interiors, machinery, undated; 7 photographic prints : color ; 4 x 6 in.
Box Folder
1 10 Construction exteriors, interiors, and employees negatives, undated; 44 negatives : color ; 35mm.