Thursday, April 23, 2015

page 89 -- Burnside & Marshall apothecaries, American Machine Co., W.C. Winne & Co., Howard Arms sculptor, Dole & Merrill Mfrs., White Star Line, Welch & Gray iron founders

updated 4 December 2015
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American Machine Co., manufacturers of such hardware specialties as clothes wringers,
was located on the Northeast corner of Lehigh Ave. and American St.,
Philadelphia, PA
W.C. Winne & Co. was succeeded by Fessenden, Lambert & Tower Dry Goods
"Boston Store," Troy, NY.
Here's a typical ad from Fulton History's copy of  the Washington County Post, North White Creek NY, 1875:


By 1884, again from Fulton History, an ad in Glen Falls NY Daily Times notes the change in ownership:




As shown on the Google Street View below (May 2014), some of the flavor of old Boston survives in the architecture of these State St. buildings, though it appears that the Dole & Merrill building at #182 has been replaced.




In 1882, the White Star Line was known for the speed of its ships, as Wikipedia explains:
"During the late nineteenth century, White Star operated many famous ships, such asBritannic (I)GermanicTeutonic, and Majestic (I). Several of these ships took the Blue Riband, awarded to the fastest ship to make the Atlantic crossing."
Later, the White Star Line concentrated on luxury and ceded the speed records to other lines. As of 2015, the company under that name has vanished except for the term "white star service" to indicate first class accommodations and, of course, the very bad memory of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.

Too good to pass up:
In January 2013 Google Street View catches a white star in front of the former location
of the White Star Lines, 37 Broadway



So far, the only thing found for Welch & Gray has been the paragraph reproduced below from Google Books.

O.N.T.?...Our New Thread! The site "Textile Industry History" does a great job detailing the history of the Clark Thread Co. (1866-1949). 900 Passaic Ave., E. Newark NJ
According to Make it Coats,
"The Clark Thread Company opened its first plant in Newark, New Jersey in 1866. Similarly, J & P Coats started production in Pawtucket, Rhode Island around the same time. Later, in 1896, both companies merged but retained their respective trading names."
Google Street View, September 2009
Views above and below are of the Clark's Newark thread plant, which appears to have had tenants, but may have been largely abandoned recently. The Pawtucket plant seems to be in somewhat less abandoned shape, and both are in historic districts.

Clark-thread-co.jpg
"Clark-thread-co" by Dmadeo - Own work. Licensed under GFDL via Commons.


Coats PLC, as the Coats/Clark companies are known today, has posted their history online.




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