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Mary Catherine Phillips

Womenís Heritage Trail

 

óConsumerís Research ó

 
Mary Catherine Phillips Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 4, 2016
1. Mary Catherine Phillips Marker
Inscription. Mary Catherine Phillips, consumer advocate, author, and editor, joined Consumerís Research, a New York-based organization, in 1932. She married one of its founders, Frederick Schlink, that same year. One year later, the entire operation relocated to New Jersey. Phillips became a member of the Board of Directors, serving between 1934 and 1980. Along with Board Member J. B. Matthews, she was a major influence on Schlink and ultimately on the ideology of Consumersí Research. By 1935, the organization had more than 50,000 subscribers and nearly 80 employees. In addition to her role as an integral part of managing the organization, she specialized in the testing of consumer beauty products and wrote about it in her book Skin Deep: The Truth about Beauty Aids. In 1935, a group of disgruntled employees split and formed Consumers Union and moved to Washington, D.C. where they went on to publish Consumer Reports, the publication still in existence. The Bowerstown facilityís function then became predominantly a laboratory for testing products.

“The aim of the organization (Consumerís Research) is to provide a clearing-house where information of importance to consumers may be assembled, edited and promulgated; and to develop an art and a science of consumption by the use of which ultimate consumers may defend themselves against the aggressions

Mary Catherine Phillips Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 4, 2016
2. Mary Catherine Phillips Marker
of advertising and salesmanship.”—Taken from Mary Catherine Phillipís book, Skin Deep: The Truth about Beauty Aids.

(Inscription in the two boxes on the right) (Top box)
Mary Catherine Phillips was a major influence on the ideology and management of Consumerís Research. Because of her integral role to Womenís work in New Jersey, Ms. Phillips is on the New Jersey Womenís Heritage Trail.

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The New Jersey Womenís Heritage Trail highlights a collection of historic sites located around the state that represent the significant contributions women made to the history of our state. The Heritage Trail brings to life the vital role of women in New Jerseyís past and present.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the New Jersey Womenís Heritage Trail marker series.
 
Location. 40° 46.289′ N, 74° 59.946′ W. Marker is in Washington, New Jersey, in Warren County. Marker is on Bowerstown Road. Touch for map. The marker is on the grounds of Warren Hills Regional Board of Education-District Offices. Marker is at or near this postal address: 89 Bowerstown Road, Washington NJ 07882, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. U.S.S. Maine Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away); Revolutionary Artillery Site

Former Consumer's Research Building image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 4, 2016
3. Former Consumer's Research Building
(approx. 1.8 miles away); Morris Canal (approx. 1.9 miles away); St. Rose of Lima R.C. Church (approx. 1.9 miles away); Historic Second Presbyterian Church (approx. 2.1 miles away); Oxford Furnace #1 (approx. 2.2 miles away); Oxford Furnace (approx. 2.2 miles away); Grist Mill (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Washington.
 
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Sign at the entrance to the former Consumer Research Building image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 4, 2016
4. Sign at the entrance to the former Consumer Research Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 18, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 153 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 18, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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