Monday, April 27, 2015

page 83 -- Reid's Seeds, Brown's Iron Bitters, Charles C. Yund's Clothing House, Demorest, David S. Brown & Co., Palmer's Extra Cologne

updated 24 November 2016
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For information on Reid's Seeds, see page 121 of the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection.


Brown Chemical Company, 29 Hanover St. Baltimore, MD
Page 129 of  the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection has an additional example of Brown Chemical Co. advertising and another image of this particular trade card.

According to Bottle Pickers,
"In 1879 the Brown Chemical Co. began marketing Brown's Iron Bitters. The company was located in Baltimore, Maryland. The product was 39% proof alcohol and by the 1890s it was one of the top selling bitters. The formula was targeted for female infirmities. The main ingredients were Iron Phosphate, Calisaya Bark, Phosphorus, Vibernum Prowifolium and Coca."
The best online collection of Brown Chemical Company paraphernalia I have seen is on the Peachridge Glass site, which hosts an article on the subject by Ferdinand  Meyer V.


Reproduced below is the obituary of Charles C. Yund, as it appeared in Textile World. Digitized by Google Books:




Rue Scribe, Paris France
#5 was probably on the right, perhaps
a shop in Le Grande Hotel
(Google Street View, June 2015)
The back of the card:

Ellen Louise Demorest was the inventor that brought women's high fashion within the means of the average American. As Wikipedia explains, she did not patent her idea, so someone else eventually cashed in on it. Lauren Whitley's article on Mme.Demorest (part of the Lovetoknow site) is better than anything else I've read on this topic. It includes a bibliography for those who wish to pursue the subject further.

Via Google BooksNew York's Great Industries gives a glowing account of the Demerest's many businesses:





David S. Brown & Co. operated out of 8 Thomas St., NYC. Google Street View captures the image below of the building in September 2014.




For further information on the David S. Brown Co. and this very grand building, I encourage you to visit Daytonian in Manhattan the excellent blog by Tom Miller with outstanding photos of the property by Alice Lum.

David S. Brown also had a house designed for himself on Riverside Drive that was, unfortunately, demolished years ago.




back of the card from Digital Commonwealth
M.J. Haskins lived in a beautiful rural area. Though Google Street View apparently missed the business district of Chester MA in 2008, it did capture the essence:


Here's how Chester MA appeared in 1905 (per Wikipedia):


An 1912 post card gives an "updated" view of Chester MA in 1912:


Looks like Chester MA was a great place for "blackberrying!"
The house on Federal St. in Beverly is now a duplex in good condition.


For information on the history of Palmer's company, see Collecting Vintage Compacts' post, "The History of Solon Palmer - Almost America's Oldest Perfumer."



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