|<PREVIOUS PAGE ~ index ~ NEXT PAGE>|
|Did you know Detroit, MI was once the stove capital of the world?|
The Detroit Historical Society wants you to know.
For a comprehensive look at the history of Lowell MA's C.I. Hood & Co. see the part of the Old Main Artifacts site devoted to Hood's Sarsaparilla.
The Arnold Collection has added another Hood card that has an interesting story behind it. Below is the image, which evidently was taken from an original watercolor. We haven't tracked the original artist down yet. Can you help?
|"Wild Rose" #Victoriansinhats|
Recently acquired by the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection is this 1896 calendar, which was not in the original scrapbook:
|My scanner did not pick up the lettering. This is from the original eBay listing.|
eBay item number:112284767366 indian7248
|One of Hood's most famous cards was recently added to the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection 1885. This did not appear in the original scrapbook.|
|The reverse of the card above reflects the state of medical knowledge in the late 1800s.|
The Old Main Artifacts project itself is worth a look. The post featuring Hood's Sarsaparilla grew out of Jessica Griffin's research for her thesis, In the Shadow of Old Main: Campus Life, Consumer Choice and Foodways at Illinois State Normal University from 1860 to 1932.
What's the connection between Lowell, MA and the University of Illinois? The glass bottles in which C.I. Hood's products were distributed.
Hood's was not the only Sarsaparilla on the market at the time. Ayer's (Arnold Collection, pages 29, 95) made a similar product. In 2015, it is marketed as a soft drink internationally, but has not made any great penetration into the U.S. market. Root Beer is a close relative according to Wikipedia. Both Ayer's and Hood's products were produced in Lowell MA.
Meanwhile, back in Lowell, MA, it appears as though the Hood's building could use some restoration. As captured by Google Street View, while worn, the building still gives away its origins...
|Faded glory (all photos: Google Street View)|
|"Made by Hood. It's Good." Hood Lab in the early 20th century. (Postcard, publisher unknown)|
|1215 State St., Racine WI|
Here I fell asleep. But you can read the rest, without embarrassment, here.
The author of this blog has attempted to correctly apply terms and conditions to Content. These pages and associated images are being made available exclusively for use in non-commercial and non-profit study, scholarship, research, or teaching . Researchers are responsible for using these materials in accordance with Title 17 of the United States Code and any other applicable statutes. All trademarks, service marks, trade names, trade dress, product names and logos appearing on this blog are the property of their respective owners.. In the event that any Content infringes your rights or Content is not properly identified or acknowledged please email me. Thanks!
This site includes historical materials that may contain negative stereotypes or language reflecting the culture or language of a particular period or place. These items are presented as part of the historical record, and do not represent or in any way reflect the personal views of the author of this blog, his ancestors, or his family.