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|Added to the Arnold Collection is a complete copy of the torn card in the original Arnold scrapbook. (Reverse below)|
The above two images are generic cut-outs.
These die cuts were sometimes sold or given away
to victorian scrapbook enthusiasts.
|See also Cliff and Linda Hoyt's page on E.W. Hoyt, its history, many|
of its trade card designs, containers and means of distribution. Thanks, Cliff & Linda & Simon Hoyt!
A brief history of the business and friendship is presented by Helene Desjarlais in the online booklet:
|Click here to read the entire booklet.|
"Eli W. Hoyt was born in Alexandria, New York, September 5, 1838 and began working for E. A. Staniels when he was fourteen. He was later taken on as a partner and, upon the death of Staniels in 1861, became sole proprietor of the drugstore. Nine years later he formed a partnership with Freeman Shedd.
"The up-and-coming firm of E. W. Hoyt, purveyors of Hoyt's famous German cologne, was one of the first firms to use advertising cards. Freeman Shedd designed the labels and wrote the copy. The distribution of the 'cologne card' [infused with the product] was a clever advertising strategy and soon their product had spread beyond the city of Lowell and the state of Massachusetts...."
"...In 1875 Freeman Shedd and Eli Hoyt moved to their "twin mansions of cologne" on Andover Street. These prosperous local businessmen were only thirty-one and thirty-seven years old, respectively... The design was Mr. Shedd's - two magnificent homes, each the mirror image of the other. They shared a front veranda, inner garden, and summer house, all bearing testimony to a close and enduring friendship."
A realtor's tour of the interior of the Hoyt home (as it was in 2013) is on YouTube:
|(from the video)|
|E.W. Hoyt portrait|
William Raveis, R.E & Home Services, Andover MA also posted an interactive floor plan for the Hoyt mansion.
|Follow this link,|
then hover over the red arrows
for small images of the interior spaces.
It's easy to take a look back on Google Street View. Simply click the "clock" in the upper left of the Street View to reveal other Street View trips through the area if they are available:
|Click the white dots on the time line for various years.|
In 2008 the Shedd mansion exterior was stripped down to the bare essentials:
|Google Street View, Sept 2008|
|Google Street View, Oct 2008|
|Google Street View|
|Google Street View|
According to the Center for Lowell History's booklet by Helene Desjarlis,
"About 1884, two barns were built on East Merrimack Street, one for each home, with driveways bordering the outer sides of the residences. These massive structures were built by James W. Bennett, and had minaret-like towers. They were of solid brick and heavy timber construction, and living quarters were provided in each barn for a coachman and his family."
These "barns" are unlike anything I would describe as a barn!
|The Shedd "barn" with accommodations for the Coachman|
|The Hoyt "barn", both buildings as seen from Google Street View|
in August 2013
|Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Hartford CT|
|If you can identify this,|
please let me know!
|"Gracie" is most likely Earl J. Arnold's sister, Grace (Arnold) Brightman.|
Grace & Pearl's friendship left no mansions, just this note...
and very fond memories, no doubt.
|J.R. Mitchell & Son -- pages 55, 95, 189|
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