Monday, September 26, 2011

Watkins Products, Winona, Minnesota

This impressive building is the Watkins Administration Building which was built in 1912 in Winona, Minnesota. The Watkins Company was founded in 1868 by Joseph Ray Watkins in Plainview, Minnesota. Their original liniment was made from camphor (extracted from evergreen trees) and capsicum (from red peppers). The company moved to Winona in 1885, and is still in business selling a variety of natural products.

On the back of the above postcard is a printed message addressed to "Good People" from"The Watkins Man" And Fredrikson. It announced that he would be calling soon and asked them to have a nice order ready for him. It concluded that it was "a pleassure to furnish these wonderful goods" to his customers.

The postcard below shows the Watkins exhibit at the New York World's Fair in 1964-1965. This exhibit was in the Minnesota Pavilion. The exterior of the Minnesota Pavilion is shown in the upper left corner of the card. This was an 80-foot high air-inflated dome made of two layers of plastic. It housed the state exhibit, industrial displays, and a restaurant. Lakes and a wildlife area were outside the main structure.


  1. We live very close to Winona, about 20 miles, and have visted the Watkins museum; interesting and has more than Watkins products. Inside is a tribute to the early 1900's. Next trip there I will take a photo of the Watkins today and post for you.

  2. This is a very interesting piece of history. I used to sell Watkins for a bit in the 1980's, but I didn't know any of this.

    Thanks so much for stopping by to visit yesterday,

    Kathy M.


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