The company is named after its founder, Francis C. Sturtevant who was a medic in Connecticut’s fifth Calvary serving in the Civil War, where he saw so much loss of life due to infection. He vowed that if he survived the conflict, he would return home and develop a product that “killed” infection. Luckily for the tens of millions of people around the world who have used this medicated powder over the past 135 years, he did survive.
This photograph was taken by the Littlefield Studio in 1884. Titled Businesses at 216 State Street, Hartford, it shows the offices of the F. C. Sturtevant Company at that time. The photograph is part of The Connecticut Historical Society’s collection.
The company maintains facilities in New York and Connecticut, from where it distributes the COLUMBIA® brand of products including antiseptic powders, healing creams, salves, lotions and disinfectants. Columbia brand products are available nationwide through apothecary shops, specialty pharmacies, independent drug stores, online retailers, tack shops, saddlery shops and through medical professionals.
Throughout the years, The F. C. Sturtevant Company has tried to remain faithful to Francis Crayton Sturtevant’s original goal: Provide our customers with premium products that offer better results than the competition, at a fair price. All of our products are proudly manufactured in the United States, using domestically sourced ingredients, without compromise.