Saturday, May 30, 2015

page 34 -- T.F. Barbour & Co.

updated 3 October 2015
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As of May 2015,  a Google search for "T.F. Barbour & Co." comes up with almost nothing of interest except other pages of the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection on which we find:

another card, scant information, page 71
two more cards, even less information, page 95
yet another card and, well shall we say you can help with this? page 132

There is, however, some information in this reference (Google Books):
Page 161





According to The Making of Bristol (p.161), the July 4, 1876 centennial parade passed by T.F. Barbour's store.

"The parade paused near the railway station. On one side were grocery stores and men's furnishing shops.The large Merrick and Merriman grocery and merchandise stores were in the Nott-Seymour buildings, which had burned down [in 1873]...but had been rebuilt in more handsome modern style. Adrian J. Muzzy and his partner, Thomas F. Barbour, had a men's clothing store there. The post office rented a room in the same building."

The Nott-Seymore buildings, p.156, original: Bristol Public Library
 I think this is about the corner of Main St. and Riverside Ave.
Bristol's population was about 5,000 at the time, give or take a few hundred depending on the number of fatal cases of typhoid fever, which was common at the time.


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