Monday, March 16, 2015

page 185 -- Hartford One-Price Clothing company

updated 6 November 2016

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It's amazing what one can find about businesses whose names have vanished from today's consciousness. In the late 19th century, the Hartford One Price Clothing Company was a thriving business.

Clothiers' and Haberdashers' Weekly v.7no.17 p.42 10 Ap 1896 via Google

30 Mr 1893 Hartford Weekly Times via Google
The Hartford One-Price Clothing Company advertising of the day won some kudos:
Inland Printer v.20 Oct 1897-March 1898 p.503 via Google
from Google Newspapers
Hartford Weekly Times, Thursday 17 April 1890 p.12
There was turnover turmoil and growing competition in the Hat Department, however:
From the "Boston & the East" column,
American Hatter v.40 p.139 July  1911 via Google
From Connecticut History Illustrated comes this photo of the One-Price Clothing Company in operation at 114-116 Asylum St.:

Hartford One-Price Clothing Co. is the first store on your left.
Click on this picture and you'll be able to read the sign over the door.
(Use your browser's back arrow on the top left of the resulting image to return to this page.)
Originally from the Connecticut Historical Society, information on this 1911 photo is as follows:
...Signs on the left read: "Hartford One Price / 114-116 / Clothing Co." "Van the Hatter" and "Hardware." ... Electric street lights and utility poles line the street. Inscribed on back: "Asylum St. / Dec. 17, 1911."
On Google Street view, the building that housed the Hartford One-Price Clothing Company still stands. In 2015, it was being well-maintained by Udolf Properties and tenants such as McKinnon's:

July 2015 and those plants are thirsty!
Google Street View, July 2015
for more views of this landmark building, see
Photographers Street View
Listed as the current occupant of 114 Asylum St. in Hartford at the former site of the Hartford One-Price Clothing Company, is McKinnon's Irish Pub.

Google Street View
 Who can resist that open door?!

Google view August 2010

McKinnon's Irish Pub on CT Perspective TV
11 March 2012

But I digress....
Here's the rest:
(click to enlarge)



The Squash Player (named by me)
Print is by Eleanor E. Manly (British, fl. 1875-1898)
From (via Google Books):


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Parlor concert guests are introduced below.
Thomas: Theodore Thomas of the Theodore Thomas Orchestra. Among other distinctions, Theodore Thomas premiered the famous (though not then) 3rd Symphony (The Organ Symphony) of Saint-Saens and the 5th Symphony of Tschaikovsky. Thomas was the first conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Citizens of Chicago IL erected a monument to him, as best portrayed in Jyoti Syrivastava's blog, Public Art in Chicago.

trade card from Digital Commonwealth 
Though no known recordings of Theodore Thomas conducting the Chicago Symphony exist, this 1926 YouTube recording (by Victor, I believe) under his successor, Frederick Stock, will give you some insight into the popular classical music of the time:



Materna: Amalie Materna, the opera singer best known for her superb interpretation of Wagner's Brunhilde:



(Google Books)

Materna had some definite opinions about her craft, as explained to an interviewer and published in the San Francisco Call on Friday, March 13, 1896:
"There is one mistake that many people who try to sing Wagner's music make. They think it is loud and strong, and that so they must always practice at full voice. That wears out their voices. I have always practiced mezza voce, for, if you can sing a thing with the half voice, to yourself, you can always sing it with the full voice when you are before the public."
She also had fond memories of Wagner:
"When the singer was asked for some personal reminiscences of the master whose music she had parsed so much tears swelled up in her kind eyes and she answered quickly: "No, I cannot talk of him. When I sing his music my whole heart goes out into it, but when I think that so good a man, so great a composer is dead, then—excuse me," and Materna tried to smile away some big tears and hastily turned the conversation to her pleasure at being in the golden California sunshine."
If you are interested in voice training, the site from which the above quotes were excerpted, Voice Talk by Daniel James Shigo is highly recommended.

Rubenstein: Arthur Rubinstein, pianist, was a child prodigy born in 1887. Over his decades-long public career, he was famous not just for his generally superb talent, but also for his expert interpretation of the works of Chopin. From Wikipedia, here's a photo showing him in his youth, perhaps a few years after the trade card artist depicted him above:


Patti: Adelina Patti was a famous soprano. A trade card featuring Adelina Patti is on page 153 of the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection. YouTube has a six-part documentary on Patti's life.



Nilsson: Christina Nilsson was a Swedish operatic soprano, a contemporary and rival of Adelina Patti.



Liszt: Franz Liszt performed by Arthur Rubinstein. Here we go. Nice how we can weave these things together, isn't it!

Artur Rubinstein plays Liebestraum nº3 by FranzLiszt

from YouTube

Mozart: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was also performed by Rubinstein, ours via YouTube:



Piano Concerto No 23 in A major, K 488

Arthur Rubinstein, piano

English Chamber Orchestra

Sir Colin Davis, conductor

Live recording. London, July 1962


Wagner: Courtesy of YouTube, here's Richard Wagner conducting Amalie Materna in 1880*:


Richard Wagner's Tristan and Isolde, Opera, WWV 90, 1865 - Love Duet (fragments) conducted by Richard Wagner (1813-1883) with Amalie Materna, soprano, Albert Niemann, tenor, Marianne Brandt, mezzo-soprano. Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Bayreuth, 1880.
00:00 Act II. Love Duet (fragments), original
04:05 Act II. Love Duet (fragments), restored
Recording: c. 1880, Cylinder.
Wagner Conducts Wagner: Tristan Und Isolde, Grammofono.
* The date of this recording may have been 1882. There seems to be some dispute about this.
For further details, see comments on the original YouTube post.


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