Thursday, March 12, 2015

page 194 -- Thorpe Boots and Shoes, Horsfords Acid Phosphate

updated 28 October 2016

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ThorpeW. W., Shoes, Trunks and Bags, 144 Main Street
Thorpe, Alice A. Dunbar, wife of W.W., born 1847, died 1912Thorpe, Warren W., born 1839, died 1927

info from "in the Olden Time New Cambridge"
City Print Company 1 Jan 1907
via Google







In 2016, I am unable to find a definition for the use of "hard pan" or "hardpan prices" in relation to commerce. Several can be found that refer to this phrase as a noun describing a soil condition. So I will make up my own, based on the usage I see here. "Hardpan prices" = low, rock-bottom, small profit margin, you won't find any lower prices among competitors in this region.

Rumsford Chemical Works printed a booklet that outlines possible uses of its acid phosphate:



Acid Phosphate

by  on July 31, 2010
"The most popular drink in the world was once made using Acid Phosphate. Today, Coca-Cola no longer uses this unique ingredient, instead they have simplified their formulation by using phosphoric acid, which still makes it a phosphated soda, but not the classic version. The 'phosphate drink' was the most popular drink at soda fountains for over 70 years, but once Acid Phosphate disappeared the real phosphated soda disappeared too."
-- quote from "Art of Drink" I recommend the whole article, as it is an excellent summary of the history and use of this product.
The Rumford Chemical Works, manufacturer of Horsfeld's, exists today as the Rumford Center in Providence, RI. Here's a photo of their buildings from their website:

For additional information, see: 

East Providence Historical Society

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