Economy & Politics

Georg Merck – exactly the right man

The black and white photo shows a spacious, stucco-decorated hall with a balustrade, crystal vessels and flower bouquets. Medical products are displayed in round glass showcases. Stylish, fancy, one would say today, more like a showroom than a pharmacy. Georg Merck caused a sensation with his first “Pharmacy” opening in New York in 1897. At the end of the 19th century, pharmacies were more of a secret alchemist’s laboratory, to which access was for a long time not provided.

And so the resistance quickly moved. Merck’s most important customers, the German pharmacists in New York and the surrounding area, were furious at this rush of their supplier into their own business. Not every family member liked the opulence in the hometown of Darmstadt, Merck’s home office.

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