Thursday, May 14, 2015

page 58 -- Chadborn & Coldwell Mfg. Co., A.H. & E.W. Abbe, Excelsior Lawn Mower

updated 26 October 2015
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176 W. Lake St.
From Hardware Dealers' Magazine (Google Books), a pair of ads for the product:




Archive.org posts a contemporary account of Chadborn & Caldwell:
Newburgh; her institutions, industries and leading citizens. Historical, descriptive and biographical


Published 1891


Chadborn, Coldwell & Co. buildings
Google Street View of Johnes St. looking towards Lafayette St. in June, 2012




2013 video on horse-drawn lawn mowing.

What about Abbe? Here's what can be found on Google Books:



As you may have guessed, this is not a stock card. Mayer, Merkel and Ottman, Lithographers designed and produced unique cards for each customer. The Donaldson Brothers were the other large lithographers of the late 1880's.

Last, Jay T., The Color Explosion: Nineteenth-Century American Lithography
Hardcover: 316 pages
Publisher: Hillcrest Pr (January 30, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0914589113
ISBN-13: 978-0914589112
Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 11.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds

Jay T. Last's book is an outstanding resource for all things related to trade cards. The information above was summarized from page 112. By the way, Last's book is not just an authoritative reference. Lavishly illustrated, it would catch the eye and the interest of any of your guests and maybe even distract your kids in one of their rare off-line moments.

For a summary of  Mayer, Merkel and Ottman history, I recommend the biographical note on the New York Historical Society Museum & Library site, from which the following quote was taken [emphasis added]:
"In 1885, Mayer and Merkel retired from the firm and Ottmann took over the business, renaming it J. Ottmann Lithographing Company. That same year Ottmann joined with the publishers of Puck magazine, Joseph Keppler and Adolph Schwarzmann, to commission construction of a new office building on Houston Street. By 1886, the Puck Building, today a New York City historic landmark, was ready for occupation. Four years later, at the age of 41, Ottmann died. The J. Ottmann Lithographing Company continued in business until the first decade of the 20th century, after which it was merged into the United States Printing & Lithographing Company."


Google Street View captures the astounding beauty of the Puck Building from Lafayette Street




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