The Civil War has ended and Blocki opens a perfumery specializing in the finest essential oils, perfumes and pomades. It is the first perfume boutique in Chicago; a palatial space said to be well worth a visit from any retailer needing a lesson in how to present fine goods.
The World’s Fair Columbian Exposition: Blocki hosts Dr. Witt, president of the German Chemical Society and a jurist at the fair. At the turn of the century German chemists were isolating odor compounds in raw materials to create new fragrances.
Blocki develops a novel method of placing a preserved natural flower within the perfume bottle that earns him a U.S. patent. The flower-in-the-bottle perfumes become his most popular line of fragrances.
At the annual meeting of the Manufacturing Perfumers’ Association in New York the members predict a bright future for American perfumery and elect John Blocki as first vice president. Blocki now has perfume manufacturing facilities in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Toronto.
Blocki is chosen to baptize a steamer taking an initial voyage through the Panama Canal to California owing to his expert experience in cracking perfume bottles for that purpose. He is one of the first US perfumers to open a trade office in South America.
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