Tuesday, May 19, 2015

page 53 -- D. French, Boston Branch Shoe Store, Davis Sewing Machine Co.

updated 23 August 2016
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40 1/2 E. Main St., (Morgan's Block?) Meriden CT
We know from the Arthur D Budd papers that Lt. Col. Arthur D. Budd was photographed by D. French. According to the records, it was a "full-length studio portrait, wearing [an] altar boy outfit." (The photo was taken when the Lt. Col. was 8 or 10 years old.)

also 43 Central Square in Keene NH, 177 Essex St. in Salem MA & 845 Chapel St.,
New Haven CT (Ralph C. Pratt & Co.)
D.M Corthell apparently managed both the Meriden and New Haven stores. Here's his ad from Forgottenbooks,
Peck, Henry. (2013). pp. 114(115).
 
The New Haven State House With Some Account of the Green.
London: Forgotten Books. (Original work published 1889)

I suppose it's possible that descendents of that landmark elm are still sheltering New Haven residents at the corner of Chapel & Church...

Google Street View, 2014
Here's a September 2014 Google Street View look at the Boston Branch Shoe Store building in New Haven:


The former location of the New Haven store at 845 Chapel St. has another strong historical link:
"The Institute Library is New Haven, Connecticut's oldest independent circulating library and one of the last remaining membership libraries in North America. Founded in 1826 with the purpose of "mutual assistance in the attainment of useful knowledge," the library provides quiet reading areas, a large circulating collection of up-to-date literature, and rich opportunities to engage with members and the surrounding neighborhoods of downtown New Haven." Interior views appeared in a 2016 photo essay (The New Haven Daily Nutmeg).
While I've found nothing yet on the Meriden store, the following information was discovered regarding the Keene NH branch in the Keene NH Directory via Archive Org:

(1895-96)
Oran Brown, Proprietor
Elmer L. Sparks, Manager
Wesley F. Wilbur, Boot Maker
Gertrude M. Emerson, Cashier




The history of the Davis Sewing Machine Company is recounted by the International Sewing Machine Collectors' Society (ISMACS International).



I assume the pansies on these pages were clipped from a seed catalog, but have yet to find any clues as to which catalog they belong. Stay tuned!


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