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When doing historical research on 19th century companies, the easily accessible information often gives a somewhat incomplete portrait of the business. From the Buffalo Express, Friday, 15 October 1869, for instance, we learn that A. Hoefner sold the Erie County Poorhouse about $200 worth of soap during the year.
"Manufactured by A. Hoefner Soaps, Candles & Potash 162-172 Van Rensselaer Street Buffalo, New York 1854-1929
"A. Hoefner & Sons produced such brands as “Olivine”, “Star”, “Sunshine”, & “Cotton Oil”. The factory was burned in 1881, condemned through Eminent Domain for the purpose of a railroad crossing in 1906, and finally sold in 1929. "
|back of card similar to one above|
Anslem Hoefner d.1912
|Ray was Earl J. Arnold's brother|
Roberts & Arnold, Plumbers offices were on N. Main St., Bristol CT.
Page 48 of the book below shows a 1920's image of N. Main.
Roberts & Arnold are identified in the caption.
|a New York dry goods store|
Frederick Waller and John T. McSorley, proprietors
|Thomson's claimed |
their corsets were "glove-fitting," which I
would interpret as "very uncomfortable."
I found the missing portion of this card on Digital Commonwealth:
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