The Roots of Products

An extraordinary range of products still sold today were either invented, overseen or connected to the denizens of 330-337 Riverside Drive.

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Lothar Faber of the Eberhard Faber pencil company lived in No. 335.

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Raymond Penfield, of No. 336, was the second president of the Goodyear tire company.

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Jokichi Takamine of No. 334 invented the enzyme takadiastase originally to brew alcoholic drinks. It did much better for tummy aches.

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Takamine sold No. 334 to a dentist, Richard Forhan, whose toothpaste lives on in a few places, including Pakistan.

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Robert Benson Davis — R.B. to his friends and family — made his fortune in New York after serving in the Union army during the Civil War with this white powdery stuff. It’s pretty common in the supermarkets. Davis lived at No. 330.

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