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|note the huge crowd on the roof|
I hope Jumbo was not as distressed as portrayed here!
The Barnum Museum has a good online exhibit on Jumbo.
In the midst of all this hype for Jumbo, if you're still interested in Willimantic Thread, see The Willimantic Cotton Mills page of textilehistory.
|"Jumbo reaching for candy"|
177 Main St. (Fortis Henry Allis 1854-1911)
"Hart's Block was located at 181 Main Street. F.H. Allis & Co. first appears in the 1877-78 New Britain City Directory. The address is 177 Main Street. The company remained at that address until the 1887-88 directory. In the 1888-89 directory, F. H. Allis & Co.'s address is Booth's Corner. Booth's Corner was located at the corner of Main and Church St. The address remains at Booth's Corner until 1901. F. H. Allis & Co. is not listed in the 1902 city directory. According to the 1906 directory Fortis H. Allis moved to Haverhill, MA."
|"... Hart's Block is the taller of the two buildings. 177 Main may have been the building to the right and it may be that Mr. Allis used the Hart's Block designation because it was the bigger building."|
-Pat Watson, New Britain Public Library
"Jumbo leaving England, on the way to the steamer"
46 Bank St., Waterbury CT
|"the way Jumbo was suspended"|
|"Jumbo with his new friends, Madison Square Garden, NY"|
|"giving Jumbo a friendly push up Broadway NY"|
From page 117 of 150 Years of Meridan it is possible to get an idea of the neighborhood at the time Smith, Stevenson & Co. were in business:
150 years of Meriden; published in connection with the observance of the city's sesquicentennial, June 17-23, 1956 Published 1956, Publisher Meriden, Ct. : The City ; Pages 410
|traces of the Byxbee Block,|
acquired in 2000 for back taxes by the City of Meriden and demolished in 2005
Here's what these buildings looked like when historical status was nominated:
|Byxbee House (left) and Byxbee Block|
The National Register of Historic Places could not save this bit of history.
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