Wednesday, May 27, 2015

page 41 -- A.G. Bassett


updated 10 October 2015
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For cat lovers, A.G. Bassett had a special deal! Color and shading are emphasized on these cards. Prior to the lithographic printing process, everything (except for paintings) was black & white. From the trade cards, one would never guess the business advertised was drug store rather than a pet shop.




(Albert G. Bassett)

A note from A.G. Bassett (Google Books):




A brief biography of Albert G. Bassett is presented in this reference found via Google Books:

Google Street View, Sept 2014,  captured a view of several buildings lining one side of State Street at the corner of Brown St. in Rochester:
Possible site of original
A.G. Bassett store

In 1884, A.G. Bassett was an elder in the First Presbyterian Church, at one time located at the corner of Plymouth Ave. and Spring St., Rochester, NY. as per Google Books:

The official page of the Presbyterian Church in Rochester presents a summary of the complicated history of  Presbyterian congregations in Rochester. The former First Church building is now the home of the Central Church of Christ. I suspect A.G. Bassett would recognize the edifice from this Google Street View in 2014:

As of 2015 the Central Church of Christ is vibrant and thriving,
supported by an expanding and enthusiastic membership. 

Meanwhile, someone--we're not sure who, but I suspect a school--was trying to grab the attention of parents using the most innovative concept of the time, color:




Activities pictured were typical for the late 1800s.
Cities were growing, but the rural population was still very large.




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