Tuesday, May 12, 2015

page 59 -- Stuart Robson and William H. Crane, W.F. Brainard & Co., J.H. Otis, Riggs & Arnold House Painters, Diamond Dyes, Wells Richardson & Co.

updated 29 August 2015
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From John Benjamin Morgan's PhD dissertation, "The Partnership of Stuart Robson and William H. Crane: American Comedians (New York)", Abstract, University of Illinois, 1983:
"For twelve and one-half seasons (January 1877 to May 1889), actors Stuart Robson and William H. Crane maintained a theatrical partnership which presented fourteen productions of contemporary comedies and "old comedies" to the American public. On the road and in New York, they developed into one of the most popular, financially successful, and critically acclaimed star attractions of the period. Contemporaries particularly cited two of their productions--The Comedy of Errors (1885-87) and The Henrietta (1887-89)--as standards of excellence in their field."
"... Robson and Crane's partnership--largely overlooked by historians and analysts of the nineteenth century American theatre--exemplified and contributed significantly to the development of production and performance styles which shaped the emerging native American theatre. Indeed, their success among contemporaries is directly related to their impact as practitioners of "modern" American theatre techniques."
 The reverse of the above card, from Digital Commonwealth:


The Comedy of Errors & Rhyming (YouTube)


From the last page (8?) of the Weekly Phoenix an ad for W.F. Brainard:



The Block Diagram, Business Diagram of the Connecticut Historical Society (about 1896) pinpoints the location of J.H. Otis on Asylum St.:



AHA! Earl J. Arnold, veteran newspaper reporter and Chamber of Commerce executive apparently  painted houses for a living as a young man. I wouldn't be surprised if H.H. Riggs later became the Congregational missionary assigned to the Kurdish population in Constantinople as descriped on page 61 of  THE ONE HUNDRED AND ELEVENTHAnnual Reportof theAmerican Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.




Diamond Dyes were manufactured by Wells, Richardson & Co. of Burlington, Vt. The importance of this product is well documented by Saul Zalesch in Antiques & Auction News 22 April 2014 in his article, "Diamond Dyes Were Once A Woman's Best Friend."

The NARD Journal discusses Diamond Dyes and their value as a mainstay of druggists' profits thusly (Google Books):


The history of Wells, Richardson & Co. is best told by the site Mills and Factories.

In October 2014, Google Street View captures the reflection of the Wells-Richardson Building
in the glass facade of the building across the street.
Isn't Google Street View spectacular?!
(Three cheers for the architects who planned this effect!)




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