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Woolen Suitings, Dress Fabrics, Housekeeping Goods! Spangler and Rich, Marietta, Pa.

Woolen Suitings, Dress Fabrics, Housekeeping Goods! Spangler and Rich, Marietta, Pa.
For the front of this advertising trade card, see Spangler and Rich, Dry Goods and Groceries, Marietta, Pa.

Woolen Suitings, Dress Fabrics, Housekeeping Goods!

Choice styles. Satisfactory prices.

An early visit is respectfully solicited from yourself a…
Added on October 15, 2018

Spangler and Rich, Dry Goods and Groceries, Marietta, Pa.

Spangler and Rich, Dry Goods and Groceries, Marietta, Pa.
"Spangler & Rich, dry goods, groceries, Marietta, Pa. Marietta Times Print."

A nineteenth-century advertising trade card for Spangler & Rich's store in Marietta, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. For the other side of this card, see Woolen Suitings, Dress…
Added on October 15, 2018

If He Gets No Puncture—Kreider Shoe Manufacturing Company, Elizabethtown, Pa.

If He Gets No Puncture—Kreider Shoe Manufacturing Company, Elizabethtown, Pa.
A humorous "advance card" for the A. S. Kreider Shoe Manufacturing Company in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. Salesmen from the company sent postcards like this in advance of their trips to let store owners know when they planned to visit.

The salesman depi…
Added on October  9, 2018

Philadelphia Electric Company Wheel Chart, ca. 1930s (Side 2)

Philadelphia Electric Company Wheel Chart, ca. 1930s (Side 2)
The reverse of an advertising wheel chart promoting the use of electricity. For more information, see the front side.

The average cost of operating an electric refrigerator of about 7 cu. ft. capacity is $1.40 per month.

The cost to heat water on the o…
Added on September 30, 2018

Philadelphia Electric Company Wheel Chart, ca. 1930s

Philadelphia Electric Company Wheel Chart, ca. 1930s
In January 1934, the Philadelphia Electric Company (now PECO) was the first utility to license the Reddy Kilowatt character to promote electricity usage, according to Wikipedia. The early date may explain why Reddy's first name is misspelled as "Ready" on…
Added on September 30, 2018

Dr. LeGear, Largest Horse in the World

Dr. LeGear, Largest Horse in the World
What would be a good name for the "largest horse in the world," a Percheron owned by Dr. L. D. LeGear, whose company manufactured patent veterinary medicines in the early twentieth century? Well, how about "Dr. LeGear"? That wouldn't confuse anybody, woul…
Added on September 27, 2018

W. R. Cheney, Carriage Builder, Lancaster, Pa.

W. R. Cheney, Carriage Builder, Lancaster, Pa.
"W. R. Cheney, Carriage Builder. Repairing and repainting done promptly. 26 North Christian St., Lancaster, Pa."

William R. Cheney (1859-1932) was a blacksmith and carriage builder in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

For similar business cards from the same job…
Added on September 14, 2018

Glick's Hickory and Apple Wood-Smoked Meats Sign

Glick's Hickory and Apple Wood-Smoked Meats Sign
"Glick's Hikory & Apple Wood Smoked Meats. Home Made Cheese. Home Made Butter & Brooms. Bologna Sticks."

A wonderfully unpretentious hand-painted sign for Glick's Meat and Cheese stand at Root's Country Market and Auction, located near Manheim, Pennsylva…
Added on August 20, 2018

Think

Think
A cigar box label.
Added on August  6, 2018

College Ribbon Cigar Box Label

College Ribbon Cigar Box Label
A colorful cigar box label.
Added on August  4, 2018

Spangler and Rich, Dealers in Dry Goods, Marietta, Pennsylvania—Then and Now

Spangler and Rich, Dealers in Dry Goods, Marietta, Pennsylvania—Then and Now
This is a side-by-side comparison of a nineteenth-century advertising card with a Google Street View (from 2011) of the building depicted on the card.

It's quite surprising to discover that the façade of the building, which was a store in the late 1800s…
Added on July 14, 2018

Spangler and Rich, Dealers in Dry Goods, Marietta, Pennsylvania

Spangler and Rich, Dealers in Dry Goods, Marietta, Pennsylvania
A nineteenth-century advertising card for Spangler & Rich, a store in Marietta, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Amazingly enough, the building that housed the store is still standing, and its façade hasn't changed dramatically in over 100 years. A laundr…
Added on July 14, 2018

C. L. Hartz, Dealer in Meats and Cheese, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

C. L. Hartz, Dealer in Meats and Cheese, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
A business card by Pluck Print with an illustration of anthropomorphic pigs by the Philadelphia engraving firm of Crosscup and West.

C. L. Hartz

Dealer in all kinds of first-class smoked meats, such as ham, dried beef, bologna, breakfast bacon, &c

Che…
Added on July 13, 2018

Russ Bros. Modern Ice Cream Plant, Harrisburg, Pa., 1920s

Russ Bros. Modern Ice Cream Plant, Harrisburg, Pa., 1920s
"The Russ Bros. Modern Ice Cream Plant, Harrisburg, Pa. The home of Velvet Ice Cream."

According to "Russ Bros. New Ice Cream Plant," an article in the Ice Cream Trade Journal, March 1920, pp. 47-49, the Russ Bros. Ice Cream Company bought an old typewri…
Added on July  9, 2018

Rosey's Auto Graveyard, Lincoln Highway, Vintage, Pennsylvania, 1919

Rosey's Auto Graveyard, Lincoln Highway, Vintage, Pennsylvania, 1919
"Rosey's Auto Graveyard on Lincoln Highway at Vintage, Pa. Between Philadelphia and Lancaster, Pa."

The Lancaster County Postcard Club's book, Lancaster County Postcards: Windows to Our Past (Stevens, Pa., 1998), p. 94, gives a date of 1919 for this post…
Added on July  9, 2018

Admira Movie Camera Matchbox Label

Admira Movie Camera Matchbox Label
"Admira. Kamera náročných. Meopta. Solo Lipnik."

A Czechoslovakian matchbox label advertising the Admira movie camera manufactured by Meopta. Check out the illustrated list of movie cameras on the Meopta Virtual Museum site.
Added on July  2, 2018

Easy-Lite Gold Sparklers Box

Easy-Lite Gold Sparklers Box
Sparkler box with unique typefaces for Fourth of July merriment.
Added on June 25, 2018

I'm Coming Some on Motorized Roller Skates

I'm Coming Some on Motorized Roller Skates
An amusing "advance card" that a traveling salesman could send to let customers know when to expect his visit.

For other early twentieth-century advance cards, see I'll Be There Soon to Tell You How to Jinger Up Your Trade, Zing! Coming Round Your Way, a…
Added on June 11, 2018