The Crescent City Seltz and Mineral Waters Co. was one of a number of firms operating in New Orleans around the turn of the century that manufactured and supplied individuals and saloons throughout the city with "sweet goods" -- soda water, pop, ginger ale, celery tonic and such. The 1902 Book of the Picayune estimated that this trade brought in more than $200,000 a year and employed more than 200 hands throughout the city.