Monday, April 6, 2015

page 132 -- N.L. Birge & Son, T.F. Barbour & Co., B.T. Alvord, Miss Carrie Gilmore

updated 21 January 2016
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A most humble card this was, considering the importance of Birge to the Bristol CT vicinity! From Google Books the following information has been retrieved:

Bibliographic information
N. L. Birge knitting works, Bristol CT

As found in the Souvenir History of the Town of Bristol Connecticut (1897), p.47 (scanned for the Diver collection and now in the public domain), the life experiences of Nathan L. Birge were extraordinary:



"Heavy Merino Underwear" was made from Merino Wool, which is very soft and has many other good qualities, including warmth, according to Wikipedia. In 2016, there are several online stores selling undergarments that have Merino Wool in them.

T.F. Barbour was located in the Gridley House Block,
137 Main St., Bristol CT






Google Street View captures the corner of Carlton & Flatbush Aves. in  October 2014:



I suspect this printer was also publisher of the following:


Via Google Books, this 1884 listing gives a brief glimpse of Carrie Gilmore, the "Skatorial Queen" of Special Day at the Rink:


Miss Gilmore was well-known outsite of New England. Her appearance at the Meridian skating rink was noted on p.3 of the Indianapolis News, Indianapolis IN, Marion County, 8 November 1884:



In 1884, the Willimantic Chronicle reported that "Miss Carrie Gilmore the roller skater was married ... to Will Livesey, who also an artist in the same line. It is stated that Miss Gilmore has cleared $4000 a year by her skill on the rollers."

From the Library of Congress comes the following drawing of a typical 1880's era roller skating rink:

  • Title: District of Columbia - glimpses of life at the national capital - a fashionable roller-skating rink
  • Date Created/Published: 1880.
  • Medium: 1 print : wood engraving.
  • Summary: Men and women skating.
  • Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-59217 (b&w film copy neg.)
  • Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication.
  • Call Number: Illus. in AP2.L52 1880 (Case Y) [P&P]
  • Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
  • Notes:
    • Wood engraving after a sketch by Miss Georgie Davis.
    • Illus. in: Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, v. 50, 1880, p. 85.



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