Thursday, June 11, 2015

page 16 -- Lautz Brothers & Co., E.M. Lusk

updated 26 February 2017
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After all that, the frog seems unimpressed...
Lautz Brothers & Company, manufacturers of Acme Soap, are listed in the Buffalo City Directory (Google Books):


Buffalo's Hanover St. has been recreated without any of the buildings as it passes beneath the Buffalo Skyway (Google Street View, Sept 2011):


The back of an Acme card just acquired by the Diver collection:


Recently acquired is this Acme card:


Reverse of the previous card.
Here's what Lautz Brothers would send for 100 Acme Soap wrappers (Wikimedia Commons, public domain):

Hailing the Ferry, oil on canvas painting by Daniel Ridgway Knight, 1888

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

For additional paintings by Daniel Ridgway Knight, see
Complete works by Daniel Ridgway Knight Slideshow, biography, eCards & more!
If you had saved only 25 wrappers, you got  a copy of "Little Rosebud," which I believe to be:
Little Rosebud, 1890 (w/c on paper), Hayllar, James (1829-1920) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images.


"Wash Day" by Daniel Ridgway Knight could have been sent,
but Acme sales might have suffered. This looks like work!
(But the rewards of companionship probably made it enjoyable.)
From the Athenaeum.
For a woman's perspective on Wash Day, both contemporary and historical, the blog "Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth" is highly recommended.

Meanwhile, as might be expected, children have their own perspectives on group activities as portrayed in the Lautz card below. In spite of the "Marseilles" name, this soap was not French and was manufactured in Buffalo NY along with other Lautz brands.


You can view this card and others featuring unique Victorian hats in the Arnold Galleries, by searching the hashtag #Victoriansinhats or by viewing the Victorian Hats Collection.

The shading on this card is unusual, giving it a 3-dimensional aspect.
If you know anything about this card, "E.M. Lusk" or "L.D. Fleming" of Rochester NY, please comment below or email me. Thanks!


(or maybe falling down a well)


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