Thursday, April 30, 2015

page 80 -- Philip Grace Jr., S.R. Hart, E.C. Abbey M.D., the New Jewel, Hub stove, Smith & Anthony Stove Company

updated 22 November 2015
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Phillip Grace, Jr. was a "dealer in choice wines liquors and cigars [with] lunch at all hours"
S.R. Hart's card provides the only information I have on his business.


East Carolina University displays the back of this card:


The text of  The Sexual System and its Derangements is available from the Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health, together with information which puts the contents in proper historical context.

East Carolina University's Digital Collections displays another of the four cards in the Toll Gate series which is reproduced below. (As you have probably observed, these cards were "puzzle cards" with hidden images. A portion of the back of the card is also reproduced to give you an idea of the challenge before you. Can your 5-year-old find all the images? If you are having trouble, refer to the original image on the East Carolina site.)



On a roll, are you? Toll Gate no.3 was just added to the Diver collection:



Got it! Here's Toll Gate no. 1:

(reverse of card appears below)
Good Luck finding all these!
From the Huntington Digital Library:



Google Books carries an ad that clarifies the products made by the Buffalo Last Works:






A brief biography of Emery C. Abbey appears in this Google Books reference:


The only other reference to E.C. Abbey, M.D., I can find is below, from the NY State Assembly via Google Books:






Jewel stoves were made by the Detroit Stove Works. The following excerpt from Google Books' version of Michigan: a History... gives one an idea of the importance of the industry as a whole to the Detroit area before it became known as the primary producer of automobiles in the U.S.A.


The Catalog for the Detroit Stove Company (no.67) via Google Books yields the following picture of its founder:




"Founder of the largest stove plant in the world, the Detroit Stove Works.
and pioneer stove foundryman of the northwest."
Detroit Stove Company Catalog #91 (almost 200 pages!) is on the archiv.org site. Page 4 gives this view of the Detroit Stove Co. complex in 1911 (I wasn't able to find any remaining buildings on Google Street View in  2015):


As of 2015, the Detroit Historical Society has 86 archival records and 2 photo records concerning the Detroit Stove Company. 

Hub stoves were manufactured in Boston MA at 52 & 54 Union St. by
the Smith & Anthony Stove Company.

From Harvard University Library's description of their Smith & Anthony holdings:
"Smith & Anthony Company of Boston, Massachusetts was a high end stove, fireplace and range furnace manufacturer during the late 19th century. The firm was founded by William E. Smith and Edgar Waterman Anthony in 1879 as the Smith & Anthony Stove Company, later shortening it's name to Smith & Anthony Company. Smith served as president and Anthony as treasurer. The company had two locations in Boston, an office on 48 - 54 Union Street and a double store on 35 - 41 Friend Street where it sold its famous "HUB" brand stoves, ranges furnaces, and artistic fireplaces. The company also manufactured cooking equipment for hotels, kitchen appliances, bathtubs, kitchen sinks, grates, a wide variety of heating equipment, water boilers, and steel doors. Its brass and iron foundries were located north of Boston in Wakefield. Smith & Anthony also had branch houses in New York and Chicago as well as wholesale agents in Chicago, San Francisco, and London. Among the qualities of the equipment was the designs of Elihu Vedder, which combined Yankee utility and ingenuity with the distinctive style of the Decorative Arts period. The company went out of business in 1917."
The 1894-95 catalog for Smith & Anthony is in the public domain and can be downloaded (mouse over the "i" in the upper right of the page for various versions) as a PDF, Kindle, etc. courtesy of the Internet Archive.



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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

page 81 -- Rough on Rats, Chesebrough Manufacturing Co., Vaseline, Louis Steinert, H.A. Bartlett, Dr. Mettaur's Headache Pills

updated 23 November 2015
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For a colorized version of this card and other additional product information,
see page 175 of the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection


Robert Augustus Chesebrough invented Vaseline (U.S. Patent No. 127,568, 1872). The company itself was successful though its name was never as famous as that of its product. Wikipedia's article on Chesebrough Manufacturing discusses both the product and the history of the company. James Bennett's site, comestics and skin, also has an excellent article tracing company history and elaborating on variations of the company product itself.

Variously labeled as "Monarch Luggage Company" and "American Can Company, Stopper Factory," this Google Street View (Jan 2013) shows what remains of a large complex of Chesebrough buildings as described by Maggie Land Blanck on her detailed site. The history of this Brooklyn location is complicated. To unscramble it, Maggie's site is highly recommended.


The process of making Vaseline in the late 1800s was not for the faint of heart. As some of the resources above note, fires were frequent, punctuated by the occasional explosion.

also listed in Yale Literary Review 1884 ad as 292 Chapel St., New Haven CT
In 2015, 292 is a park and 229 is a parking lot.
ouch! Dr. Mettaur to the rescue!

H.A. Bartlett, 115 & 117 N. Front St., Philadelphia PA
From Google Books report of the Centennial Exhibition of 1876:



H.A. Bartlett invented a better bottle for its blacking (from Google Patents):

"The object of the invention is to produce a bottle with a recess or chamber in which the sponge or swab may have the superfluous material removed therefrom to good advantage, and which may be readily kept clean externally when the sponge is withdrawn."



Antique-bottles.net has a number of photos of this new bottle along with a photo of a bottle of the design pictured in the card above. The Company manufactured both shoe and stove blacking. The bottle was designed for many such subtances, as the patent makes clear.


Brown Chemical Co., Baltimore, MD
The Peachridge Glass site details the history of Brown Chemical, its trade cards and of course, its bottles. Peachridge Glass is a great source of historical information on many late 19th century manufacturers.

Here's an ad for the product courtesy Google Books & Vick's Monthly Magazine:





I think you'll agree that the ad above is plain. It has no attention-grabbing features except for the LARGE, BOLD FONT. In the midst of several such ads, it could easily be ignored.

Leave it to the ad agencies to notice this little problem! Here's how they solved it as per Google Books:







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Monday, April 27, 2015

page 82 -- Frank Miller & Sons, Mason & Hamlin

updated 25 November 2015
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Hubbard & Norton was located at 185 Main St., New Britain, CT.
In July of 2015, Google Street View finds that 185 Main St. is now the home of the Institute of Technology and Business Development, a part of Central Connecticut State University:



Frank Miller & Sons started in Warsaw, NY (1838) before moving operations to NYC. The site Glass Bottle Marks summarizes firm history and elaborates on the various glassware associated with the company's distribution and advertising.





Google Books presents us with a sample ad for Frank Miller & Sons:



Mason & Hamlin's success story began with the invention of a twisted reed.


Mason & Hamlin elaborate on their corporate history.

Google Street View captures a recent view of 154 Tremont St., the location of Mason & Hamlin's factory:

Statue: "Industry"
Information Booth, Boston Common
"An 1895 Mason & Hamlin Model 512 reed organ. Displayed above the keyboard are the various medals and awards won by the company at international exhibitions." - jozg44, Wikimedia Commons
demo from YouTube:
1898 Mason & Hamlin Reed Organ: 3 Manuals and Pedal, performer unknown



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