Saturday, May 30, 2015

page 37 -- John English & Co., H.C. Robinson & Co.


updated 5 October 2015
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These needles were widely available in American shops in the 1880s. Though I have not found a source for obtaining a copy, a Google Books resource lists a thesis written about the history of this company:


High in Feckenham
Google Street View, April 2009
H.C. Robinson & Co., Boston MA
Souvenir program from Historic New England:

written by Bartley T. Campbell  (1874)
According to Wikipedia, Bartley Campbell, author of My Partner, became a playwright after having been a drama critic. This seems to be a well-worn career path among American playwrights.

This playbill from the Library of Congress, says the play is "powerful"...


...but a review of My Partner, the film version, as quoted in GoodReads disagrees:
"My Partner, A Play
by 2.25 of 5 stars2.25 of 5 stars 
Bartley Campbell was a playwright who was famous for his overwrought, old time melodramas. One of them, The White Slave, contained this tongue twister: "Rags are royal raiments when worn for virtue's sake!" Another play he wrote around the same time was My Partner, and this is the film version. Joe Saunders (Burr McIntosh) is a miner who, although beloved by the townsfolk, is not necessarily a great judge of character. He takes on a young partner who wins the heart of the girl he loves, then takes advantage of her. Saunders packs up and leaves, but before going, he insists that his partner marry the girl. But the partner is murdered, and Saunders is accused of the crime. During the trial, he marries the girl, who is still grieving over the death of her lover. Saunders is convicted, but Wing Lee (John Leach), a Chinese servant, reveals circumstantial evidence that clears him. Saunders and the girl finally find happiness together. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi"

Meanwhile, our sponsor, H.C. Robinson & Co. Chemists and Perfumers, was attracting complimentary attention at the 1880 Pharmaceutical Exhibition at Saratoga (Google Books):



Before we leave the Pharmaceutical Exhibition of 1880, there is one other note of possible interest to historians as cited in Google Books:




Dr. E. R. Squibb founded the company which later merged to form Bristol-Myers Squibb. In a sea of scoundrels, he turned out to be one honest physician!


The trade cards on page 37 of the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection were printed at the lithographic press of Potsdamer & Co., Philadelphia PA. On March 29 1883, the American Stationer (p.460) reported that Potsdamer had a bad fire, but was already working to restore the facilities. After 1885, the firm was taken over by Ketterlinus.





Google Street View in August 2014
captures restored housing, across S. 3rd St. from Potsdamer site.


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