Misfit Parlors, 4 Hayward Place, Boston

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“Misfit Parlors. No. 4 Hayward Place, Boston.” 

A very similar card for this establishment (with moon and dog) was found online as having been sold at auction; hence the heavy watermarks on ours above. But what a beauty, with the winking moon, the sky colors, and the little white dog! The reverse side advertises their price listing for custom-made pants and overcoats, and includes the lovely phrasing:

“High Art and Elegant Garments in Silk and Satin Lined Overcoats and Ulsterettes, rendering a most opportune chance to secure….A $50.00 Custom-Made Overcoat for  – – – $20.00…..”  

“Recollect, every Garment bears the name of the Tailor.”

“Misfit Parlors. Private House, 4 Hayward Place, Near Globe Theatre, 3 doors from Washington St.   Open evenings till 9 o’clock; Saturday, till 11 P.M.”

A want ads posting in the Boston Post dated September 10, 1892, finds the Boston Misfit Clothing Company located just down the street, at 26 Hayward Place. (Newspapers.com)

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In checking city directories for both the addresses, it would appear that the Misfit Clothing Company may not have been long in operation. Various individuals show at the Hayward Place addresses in the 1880s and 1890s, under a variety of occupations, so it would seem there was a high turnover for tenants. This fact, along with the above ad being in the want ads, probably indicates the proprietor didn’t have a lot of money to spend on advertising, and was not doing well enough to continue for very long, or perhaps just moved on to something he or she liked better.

The phrase “misfit clothing” seems to have been one used back in the day. Another ad for a tailor (unrelated to the trade card company) advertised in the 1880 Fall River, Mass city directory,  “Misfit clothing altered to perfect fit.” 

A parlor is not always a brothel….

The very similar card (mentioned at the beginning of this post) that we found online as having been sold at auction, was described as advertising a brothel. And one can see how the use of the word “parlors” could invite this interpretation, but really without any records found to back up this claim, or even stretching it, as if the clothing store was a “front” or something….well, you can do the math.

Trade Card. Circa 1892.      Selling price:  To be determined. Please contact web owner if interested.     Size:  About 5 and 1/8 x 3 and 1/8″

Sources:  Boston Post. 10 September 1892. Saturday, p. 7. (Newspapers.com.)

Ulster coat. n.d. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulster_coat. (accessed November 8, 2015).

Sampson, Davenport & Co.’s Fall River Directory, 1880, Vol 14. p. 526. (Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1989.)

A Case Of Lock-Jaw

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“Sept 6. I am afraid you will be in such a case some day. have you got over to homestead yet. I am going down to Uncle H’s today so write then. Herman.”

Addressed to:   “Miss Mabel Wildrick, 30 Tonnelle ave, West Hoboken, N. J.  % Geo Bartow.”

This postcard was sent to Mabel J. Wildrick, born June 1888, from her younger brother, Herman P. Wildrick, born October 1889, New Jersey born (both). From the 1900 Federal Census taken in Stillwater Township, NJ:  They are with their parents, Jacob B. Wildrick, born June 1863 and Susan E. born August 1859, both in NJ. He is a foreman at a creamery.  Also in the household is Arthur Linaberry, born October 1879 in New Jersey, who is the nephew to head of head of household, Jacob.

Find A Grave shows the entry for the Wildricks, and gives Susan E. Wildrick’s maiden name as Youmans. Arthur Linaberry turns out to be Susan (Youmans) Wildrick’s nephew, son of Phillip Linaberry and Martha D. Youmans. And George Bartow (the “care of” on the postcard) appears to be related on the Linaberry side, with Phillip Linaberry showing up on an Ancestry tree with the middle name of Bartow.

As for the artist, Antlers, his identity was not found. He did a whole comic series though, about mosquitoes, and those postcards, dated 1905 and 1906, are easily found at the moment for sale on eBay and other sites.

Lastly, Mabel’s younger brother Herman, that funny guy (!) was correct about his older sister. She married Orestes Hendershott.

Undivided back, artist-signed, used postcard. Postmarked September 6, 1905 from West Hoboken, New Jersey. Artist:  Antlers.

Price:  $10.00

Sources:  Year: 1870; Census Place: Blairstown, Warren, New Jersey; Roll: M593_892; Page: 26B; Image: 56; Family History Library Film: 552391. (Ancestry.com)

Year: 1900; Census Place: Stillwater, Sussex, New Jersey; Roll: 995; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 0175; FHL microfilm: 1240995. (Ancestry.com)

“New Jersey Births and Christenings, 1660-1980,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FC2S-1L8 : accessed 8 November 2015), Phillip B Linabery in entry for Linabery, 23 Jul 1885; citing Warren, New Jersey, reference Vol. 21; FHL microfilm 494,203.

Find A Grave Memorial# 39988077. (Findagrave.com) Accessed November 8, 2015.

Find A Grave Memorial# 39988436. (Findagrave.com) Accessed November 8, 2015.

New Year Moon

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Running a little behind with getting posts up, so here’s another for the new year; heavily embossed with  “A Happy New Year,”  a very expressive crescent moon, and a nice geometric-style border. The sender wrote:

“Dear Georgia Belle. Recd both your letters. The postal that was written you had some truth in it and when I hear from Henleyville I will write you a long letter. Dont you worry about matters. If I dont get a letter Monday night I will write out there and then write you all about it. Give my love to all the folks. Good by, Aunt Lala.   That postal was more to hurt you than anything. She came up here but is in Henleyville now.”

The card is addressed to:  “Georgia Belle Blanchard, Stockton, California, H.S.B.C.”

Well, here’s a postcard message with some drama behind it! We hope that everything got sorted out and, most of all, that all hurt feelings were mended.

Henleyville is located in Tehama County, about 20 miles southwest of Red Bluff, but a quick online search is not showing any facts regarding current population. Around the time this postcard was written, it looks like the land supported the raising of poultry and sheep, according to a couple of old journals from 1903 and 1907. I couldn’t resist displaying this 1907 article (The American Sheep-Breeder and
Wool-Grower, Volume 27
)  by D.C. Beaman which was originally published in the Denver Post. It’s an eye witness account of a BIG LEAP.

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Now on to the addressee of this postcard:  A record of California births shows Georgia Belle Blanchard, born December 12, 1888 in Tehama County. Her parents are listed as Albert Simon Blanchard and Mary Catherine Burress. The 1900 Federal Census taken in Corning, Tehama County, shows Albert, born Maine, July 1849, occupation Farmer; his wife Mary K., born Missouri, January 1856; their daughters Nannie L. born December 1885, Laura[?] born July 1887, and Georgia Belle, confirming the birth record date here on this census. The Blanchard daughters were all born in California. Also in the household are Hugh Delaney, John Benson (both doing farm labor) and Jackson LeClair, machinist for the railroad. A little further up the page is an entry for another Blanchard family, that of Simon, wife Lura A. (the possible sender of our postcard?) and their children, Judson B., Lura B., Marie and Albert L. Blanchard.

On a last note, what is the “H.S.B.C.” in the postcard address? Wondering if this could stand for Humphreys Stockton Business College, which doesn’t seem to have been the official name of said college but Georgia Belle does show up in a number of city directories as Bookkeeper. Or if it was H.L.B.C. still nothing definite shows up online. Hmmm, a mystery.

Divided back, embossed, used postcard. Outgoing postmark January 5, 1908 from Red Bluff, California. Incoming postmark January 6, 1908 in Stockton, California. Publisher:  The International Postal Card Company, Chicago.

Price:  $10.00

Sources:  The American Sheep-Breeder and
Wool-Grower, Volume 27.
January 15, 1907. p. 568. Web accessed January 8, 2015. (Google eBook)

California, Births and Christenings, 1812-1988. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013. (Ancestry.com)

Year: 1900; Census Place: Corning, Tehama, California; Roll: 115; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 0180; FHL microfilm: 1240115. (Ancestry.com)

Humphreys College. n.d. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humphreys_College (accessed January 9, 2015).

Haslett & Gladding Druggists

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Here’s a beautiful and unusual old trade card. Too bad about the tears in the card on the left, but what an interesting one! The printing at the top shows  “Compliments of Haslett & Gladding, Druggists, Constantine, Mich.”  and the artwork shows a figure of a little man wearing what this web author first thought of as a Pagliacci style clown suit, sitting on a tree branch, singing a song from an opera. As always, the research for old trade cards illuminates a little bit of history, and informs the researcher. This little figure actually represents Pierrot, described in a Wikipedia entry as  “…a stock character of pantomime and Commedia dell’Arte whose origins are in the late seventeenth-century Italian troupe of players performing in Paris and known as the Comédie-Italienne; the name is a hypocorism of Pierre (Peter), via the suffix -ot. His character in postmodern popular culture – in poetry, fiction, the visual arts, as well as works for the stage, screen, and concert hall – is that of the sad clown, pining for love of Columbine, who usually breaks his heart and leaves him for Harlequin.”

To finish describing the above card, Pierrot is singing with great emotion, and holding sheet music on which we can read the words  au clair de la lune mon ami pierrot  (in the moonlight my friend Pierrot.) A benevolent full moon, smiling down upon Pierrot, appears in the top right corner. The background is gold tone with white stars, but what seems most unusual and somewhat perplexing are the two dog-like animals perched on the branch below our subject. Dogs in trees?

As for the “opera” – the sheet music turns out to be actually that of the classic french children’s song Au clair de la lune. Author unknown, and dating from at least back to the mid-18th century, this song made history in 2008, when the first known recording of the human voice was digitized, and it was detected that what was being heard was a couple of lines from this folk song. The ten-second snippet was recorded in 1860 by Parisian inventor Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville using a device called a phonautograph, and pre-dates Thomas Edison’s recording of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” by seventeen years. From an article by Jason Dearen of the Associated Press,  “Using a needle that moved in response to sound, the phonautograph etched sound waves into paper coated with soot from an oil lamp.”   “Au Clair de la Lune” and other recordings were discovered by audio historian David Giovannoni and his research partner Patrick Feaster in France’s patent office. Earliest Known Voice Recording Discovered in France.

Getting back to the question of the two animals perched on the lower tree branch:  I thought at first that they might be lynxes, after coming across the image below just a few days after getting the trade card. This drawing was done by New York artist Edmund Henry Garrett (1853 – 1929.) And it depends upon how you look at the animal on the right in the top image – that appears to be his left ear rather than snout. If you view the ear as a snout then Pierrot’s animal friends might appear to be more coyote-like, but look again and you’ll probably decide that that is not the animal’s profile that we’re looking at, in which case the lynx idea doesn’t fit. Of course, they may have just been something created from the artist’s imagination….To be treed by lynxes though, what an unusual subject, so I just thought it would be fun to include this here.

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Last but not least, Haslett & Gladding Druggists show up in Polk’s city directories for Constantine, Michigan for 1875 and 1877. The 1877 directory shows that they were Charles M. Haslett and Benjamin O. Gladding. As of the the date of this post, no other trade cards were found online for them.

Charles McLean Haslett was born in New York, December 8, 1846, son of Peter and Helen Haslett. (The christening and birth record does not state his mother’s maiden name.) He married Charlotte E. Knowlen January 25, 1870.  The 1870 Federal Census for Constantine shows the newlyweds living with Charles’ parents. His occupation is retail druggist. Sadly, Charles died young at the age of 40, May 24, 1887, in Detroit.

Benjamin O. Gladding was born in Michigan, August 5, 1847, son of John Gladding and Martha E. Howard. The 1850 Federal Census for Constantine shows Benjamin, his parents and his two older sisters, Emily and Jerusha Gladding. Also in the household is 18-year old Elisabeth Churchill[?], possibly a boarder or domestic servant. Benjamin married Louisa Lantz,  born Pennsylvania, April 30, 1849. (Louisa is “H. Louisa” on a couple of her census records.) The 1880 census for Constantine shows Benjamin and Louisa, and their children, William O., age five, and Mary L., eight months. Benjamin’s occupation is druggist. Find A Grave shows the death year for Benjamin as 1919.

Trade card, circa 1875 – 1880.  Size:  About 4 and 1/2 x 3″

Price:  $20.00

Sources:  Pagliacci. n.d. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pagliacci. (accessed September 23, 2014.)

Pierrot. n.d. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierrot. (accessed September 23, 2014.)

Romer, Megan, “Au Clair de la Lune Lyrics and Translation,”  About.com. http://worldmusic.about.com/od/instrumentation/a/AuClairdelaLune.htm. (accessed September 24, 2014.)

Dearen, Jason, “Earliest Known Voice Recording Discovered in France.” Associated Press (March 28, 2008.) Web article from National Geographic News (October 28, 2010.) http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/03/080328-AP-earliest-re.html (accessed September 24, 2014.)

Garrett, Edmund H., Treed By Lynxes.  American Art and American Art Collections. Ed. Walter Montgomery. Boston:  E. W. Walker & Co., 1889. p. 266. (Google eBooks.)

Edmund H. Garrett. n.d. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_H._Garrett. (accessed September 23, 2014.)

R. L. Polk & Co.,’s Michigan State Gazetteer and Business Directory. 1875, p. 195 and 1877, Vol. III. p. 231. (Google eBooks.)

“New York, Births and Christenings, 1640-1962,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FDTF-RMQ : accessed 26 Sep 2014), Charles Mc Lean Haslett, 08 Dec 1846; citing , reference ; FHL microfilm 363878.

Year: 1860; Census Place: Constantine, St Joseph, Michigan; Roll: M653_561; Page: 355; Image: 365; Family History Library Film: 803561. (Ancestry.com)

“Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N3KK-TM5 : accessed 27 Sep 2014), Chas. W. L. Haslet and Charlotte E. Knowlen, 25 Jan 1870; citing Constantine, St Joseph, Michigan, v 3 p 210 rn 59, Department of Vital Records, Lansing; FHL microfilm 2342452.

Year: 1870; Census Place: Constantine, St Joseph, Michigan; Roll: M593_700; Page: 63B; Image: 130; Family History Library Film: 552199. (Ancestry.com)

Ancestry.com. Michigan, Deaths and Burials Index, 1867-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

Year: 1850; Census Place: Constantine, St Joseph, Michigan; Roll: M432_362; Page: 295A; Image: 365. (Ancestry.com)

“Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1935,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VNLS-J18 : accessed 27 Sep 2014), John P Gladding and Martha E Howard, 10 Oct 1839; citing p. 132, St. Joseph, Michigan; FHL microfilm 1295528.

“Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N3X1-LHY : accessed 27 Sep 2014), Louisa Lantz in entry for Wm. O. Gladding and Clara H. Cummings, 20 Sep 1898; citing Centerville, St Joseph, Michigan, v 4 p 269 rn 2516, Department of Vital Records, Lansing; FHL microfilm 2342510.

Year: 1880; Census Place: Constantine, St Joseph, Michigan; Roll: 603; Family History Film: 1254603; Page: 292A; Enumeration District: 191; Image: 0239. (Ancestry.com)

Year: 1900; Census Place: Chicago Ward 35, Cook, Illinois; Roll: 291; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 1134; FHL microfilm: 1240291. (Ancestry.com)

Find A Grave Memorial# 75381891 (Findagrave.com)

Turbaned Young Woman And Moon

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In keeping with the prior theater topic of the last post here is a dandy! A Real Photo Postcard showing a photo of a gorgeous and happy young woman, dressed in long skirt and blouse and wearing a head turban. She is seated on a stage prop that is a crescent moon. The moon is wonderfully charming with upturned smiling eye, substantial nose, and thin-lipped smile which shows his teeth, if you look closely. The young woman leans into the moon, head turned (in that flattering angle that photographers like), one hand resting in her lap, and the other draped around her buddy, the moon. The background props are some stars and a pennant with the lettering “Spokane.”  One imagines that this was taken after a college play production somewhere in Spokane, Washington. Since it’s a divided back card and the stamp box shows AZO with all four triangles pointing up, the date of the postcard would be from about 1907 – 1918. The card shows some pin marks, so it was probably pinned to someone’s bulletin board for a time, before it made it’s way to a photo album. This one was found in an antique store in Soquel, California.

Divided back, Real Photo Postcard, unused. AZO stamp box. Circa 1907 – 1918.

Price:  $25.00

T’is The Wise That Visit

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Owl on tree branch with red moon in the background, with the caption  “Tis the wise that visit.”

The sender wrote:  “S.M. Anne:  Send me by return mail pattern for your blk skrt; one with a cluster of tucks at front, back, and sides. Yours lovingly, Jo.”  Inside the owl drawing Jo wrote,  “Will write – later”  and on the side,  “How many yards / how wide did you get?”

Postcard addressed to:  “Miss Annie Friyouf, Plymouth Iowa, Cerro Gordo Co”

Anne Friyouf turns up on the 1930 Federal Census for Plymouth, Iowa, as Anna Bliem, widowed head of household, born Iowa, about 1884, married at about age 31. Living with her is her widowed mother Barbara Friyouf, born Czechoslovakia about 1842; sister Mary Friyouf, single, born Czechoslovakia about 1872; and sister Barbara V.[?] Friyouf, single, born Czechoslovakia about 1874. No one in the family is listed as having an occupation on this census.

Anna married John Bliem on August 30, 1915 in Mason City, Iowa. The marriage record shows Anna as born about 1884 in Plymouth, Iowa and that her parents are Joseph Friyouf and Barbara Mar…k? (original image not available from online source.) John Bliem was born in New York City, age at time of marriage about 49, and his parents are John Bliem and Clara Claus.

The 1940 census, which shows Anna as head of household and includes her sisters, is very interesting in that it states Anna’s occupation is Postmaster.  National Archives (NARA) records shows she was nominated for the post on April 23, 1934, was confirmed on May 7th, and that she retired on December 31, 1949. You might be surprised (as I was) to learn that it was not uncommon for women to be appointed as Postmaster (this is the official title, though some say Postmistress.) There were women postmasters before the Revolutionary War when the country was still under British rule, and in fact (without going into much researching and comparison) on May 5, 2008, in the United States, there were more women than men holding the position. The NARA website indicates also that it was common in rural areas for women to be appointed.

As far as Jo, the sender of the postcard, it’s possible she was a relative. There is a Josephine Friyouf showing up in city directories in Des Moines. Regarding the publisher, this info is not given but similar postcards found online show a copyright mark for R. L. Wells.

Undivided back, used postcard. Postmarked May 22, 1907 in Des Moines, Iowa. Publisher possibly R. L. Wells.

Price:  $15.00

Sources:   “Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XJNP-46Y : accessed 11 Aug 2014), John Bliem and Anna Friyouf, 30 Aug 1915; citing Mason City, Cerro Gordo, Iowa, United States; FHL microfilm 1481039.

Year: 1930; Census Place: Falls, Cerro Gordo, Iowa; Roll: 647; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0006; Image: 695.0; FHL microfilm: 2340382.  (Ancestry.com)

Year: 1940; Census Place: Plymouth, Cerro Gordo, Iowa; Roll: T627_1146; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 17-8. (Ancestry.com)

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832-Sept. 30, 1971; Roll #: 36; Archive Publication #: M841.  (Ancestry.com)

“Post Office Records” National Archives Records Administration. Web accessed 12 Aug 2014.

“Women Postmasters”   United States Postal Service. July 2008. Web accessed 12 Aug 2014.

It’s High Time

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A funny one showing a guy who’s been picked up, to his complete surprise, and has sailed through the air on the hook of a crane, to come face to face (no pun intended) with a large clock on the side of a building. It’s nighttime, there’s a full moon, he’s in spats and has lost his straw boater and his walking stick, but still has his monocle in place. Good thing, that way he can see that “It’s high time…”  The senders finish this sentence as,  “you were writing, dont you thing so!”  And it’s signed,  “L. G. & A. G.”  (L. or S? And did whoever wrote this mean to say “thing so?”)

Addressed to:  “Miss Ella Ellison, 26 St. & Cheyenne Ave, Pueblo, Colo.

On the back the senders wrote,  “A Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.”  I was going to say that I normally do holiday ones in season, and say something about Christmas in July but just noticed that this is postmarked in May. A kind of funny card all the way around!

Divided back, used postcard. Postmarked Frontier, Wyoming, May 1908. Publisher unknown.

Price:  $6.00

I Think It Great

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Cute postcard circa 1918 (another example of this same postcard shows up elsewhere online with this date) showing a boy and girl, the smiling moon, and the caption,  “I think it great spoon by the light of the moon.”  This is signed by the artist Witt, and one of at least several of series 852 showing a similar theme. See the prior post for the other one (so far) that we have on this website. The fact that there is incorrect grammar in the caption is interesting. At least I presume it is incorrect. I don’t see any other phrases that start off this way. It looks like there wasn’t quite enough room to fit a correctly worded phrase next to the illustration, so the phrase needed to be altered slightly. The effect is rather unique I think, and adds to the charm. But who was this artist who signed his or her work under the single name of Witt?

Divided back, unused postcard. Publisher unknown. Series 852. Made in the U.S.A. Circa 1918.

Price:  $5.00

You’re Just My Style

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There is no artist’s signature on this postcard but it seems to have been done by the person who signed his or her name Witt. The next post will show a similar card that does have the signature. This and the following are from series 852:  a series which is evidently regarding this couple with a cute caption and an animated moon in the background. There’s always a chance that more information will show up on this artist in the future, but for now it’s another for the mystery pile; and it’s also another from the Alice Ellison collection. The card was never sent, has an unused stamp, and the would-be sender wrote,  “Dear Uncle: –  I received your letter. This fair”

Divided back, unused with writing on the back. Publisher unknown. Series 852. Artist:  Witt. Circa 1918.

Price:  $5.00