Sunday, May 10, 2015

page 65 -- E.W. Hoyt & Co., W.A. Hoyt & Co., W.J. Austen, Hiscox Co.

updated 11 December 2016
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Recently, the card below was added to the Arnold Collection. "Fragrant & Lasting" was the claim. Is it my imagination, or can I still detect some slight odor to this card a century or so later?



Though not in the original scrapbook, this new acquisition  would
have been something to be proud of in 1890. After over a century,
it still is vaguely fragrant. It must have been a spectacular
"room freshener" in its day!
the reverse of the previous card...
Note that this Hoyt is E.W. Hoyt & Co. of Lowell, MA. See page 191 of the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection for additional information on this company and an unusually close friendship that was associated with it.




Canal Dover OH merchant A. H. Putt was listed as a beekeeper as well as a dealer in "Drugs, Paent Medicines, Chemicals, Fancy and Toilet Articles, Brushes, Perfumery, etc." in the 1889 National Beekeepers Directory. His grave is in Mound View Cemetery in Mount Vernon, Knox County OH according to findagrave.com



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Of course,  any location with a unique name like "Canal Dover" cannot remain uninvestigated! Seems rather awkward, doesn't it? The Post Office did it. In the late 1800s there were several areas in Ohio that claimed to be Dover. Until others wandered off into obscurity or chose other names, what is currently the Dover OH postal address was distinguished from the others by inserting "canal" before it, after the village's primary mode of transportation (until railroads came along), the Ohio & Erie Canal. The Google Maps snip below highlights all that remains of the canal in the Dover vicinity as of 2016, a road named Canal St. and a modest depression following route 800:

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or
go to Google Maps
Further north on Route 800, the ditch actually begins to look something like a canal....
Google Street View
When travelers reach Canal Fulton OH (yes, I suspect the Postal folks struck again) the towpath is hikable:

Erie Ave. NW, Canal Fulton OH
Google Street View
By the time the traveler arrives at Valley View OH, the Canal actually looks like a canal, at least in the vicinity of some of the locks:

Lock 38, Hillside Rd, Valley View OH

Water (ahem), well, a bit of liquid appears in the canal bed north of Valley View:

Google Street View
It looks a bit more like water when one gets as far as the towpath bridge on Warner Rd. (Google Street View):

...with more water soon to come!
The CanalWay Center, a part of Cleveland Metroparks,
 is located near what is now the northern terminus of the Canal.
...And now for the "other" Hoyt on this page....Since they evidently were competitors making similar products, it's easy to confuse the two!

May I gently suggest there were a few too many "Hoyts" in this business? This is W.A. Hoyt out of Boston  MA, not E.W. Hoyt (page 191) out of neighboring Lowell MA.

Below is a listing of some W.A. Hoyt products as described in Google Books digitization of New Remedies:







Peachridge Glass has a very informative discussion of Austen's various products and the history of the company.


Information regarding Floreston and Hiscox Co., its manufacturer, see pages 85 and 107 of the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection.


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