Queen Anne Soap, Detroit Soap Co.

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Trade card, Detroit Soap Company. Circa 1883. Copyright, Clay & Richmond, Buffalo. N.Y.

Price:  $20.00            Size:   About 2 and 1/2 x 3 and 3/4″

Here’s an unusual choice for a trade card image, sort of:  a knight on a white horse, thundering down a country road. Looks like he’s on a mission, or exhausted coming back from one. You would expect to see a more victorious image of a knight in armor, the well-rested horse and rider….majestic bearing, etc. But that’s one of the great things about pursuing old trade cards:  finding the unexpected. Musing on an idea now…of things being less standardized decades ago. Makes sense, and sounds like a good theme for a college paper. Or, maybe more accurately, how images evolve over time. But back to the trade card, which shows:

“Queen Anne Soap. The Favorite Family Soap of America. The Purest and Best in the World. Manufactured by Detroit Soap Co., Detroit, Mich.”

“Copyright, Clay & Richmond, Buffalo. N.Y. 1883.”

From Detroit Free Press newspaper ads and articles the Detroit Soap Company started up in the summer of 1881, or shortly prior, and were originally located at Dix Avenue, between 24th and 25th streets in Detroit. The company was managed by Samuel Post of Ypsilanti, and his sons William R., and Samuel, Jr. (The time-frame for the sons was not researched.) A fire on May 7, 1898 destroyed the Dix Ave plant which then stood abandoned for at least a couple of years. Sometime after the fire in the same year, 1898, the factory was re-built at a different location on 25th St. and another constructed at what was the foot of Leib St. on the riverfront, just west of Mt. Elliott Ave and kitty corner from the western edge of Belle Isle. Queen Anne Soap stores were located on 77 Woodward Ave in Downtown Detroit, as well as in Saginaw, Grand Rapids and Toledo. In 1915 the Detroit Soap Co. was sold to Lautz Bros. & Co., making that a pretty good soap-making run of about thirty-four years.

A couple of “buy local” requests from about 135 years ago….so timely for today, eh?

Detroit Soap Co Ad 10 Aug 1881   Detroit Free Press, August 10, 1881

Detroit Soap Co Ad 14 Aug 1881   Detroit Free Press, August 14, 1881

From the top, Michigan in 1881 is still considered to be  “in the West.”  And from the article above,  “All things being equal, home industries should be patronized exclusively, for the support given by the people of a city to its manufacturers, encourages and sustains them. Without manufacturing enterprises no village could ever hope to become a city.”  Funny to think of Detroit as a village, but then in 1881 that village image was not as far removed, time-wise. Fast forward to today, in 2016, and here we are talking about, getting involved in, and cheer leading for, the continued resurgence of the city of Detroit. (If one could be in two places at once…anyway, Luv baby, 313 😉 )

Fire at the original building on Dix

Reduced To Ashes   Detroit Free Press, May 8, 1898

From the above, seven fire engines were called to the scene, firefighters Edward Bates, Joseph Hockenfeldt and Frank Gaffney of Engine Company 10, miraculously escaped death. Other names mentioned are Fire Chief Broderick and Night Engineer Bullock who discovered the fire and Night Watchman, William Robbins who sounded the alarm.

Factories   Detroit Free Press, January 1, 1899

According to the above, which was under the heading,  “Building in Detroit in 1898. Operations show an improvement despite contrary figures”  it appears the company re-built at a different location on 25th Street, as well as building a new factory at 304-312 Wight Street. The Wight St. address must have been what became referred to as “foot of Leib St.” and would be the location in the drawing below.

The Riverfront, Detroit Soap Company and civic pride

Queen Anne Soap Factory   Detroit Free Press, May 27, 1906

The riverfront location for the Detroit Soap Co. was at the foot of Leib Street, just west of Mt. Elliott Ave, at what is now the Harbortown area. Leib is no longer at the river, only a portion of it remains, a little further north. Check out the current era before and after photos of the riverfront (awesome transformation!) under the Riverwalk category at the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy website. That’s part of Belle Isle at the bottom right in the image below.

Leib St 1901  1901 map showing Leib St.

The partial Riverfront map above is from Polk’s city directory for Detroit, 1901. It’s a great reference if you’re looking for a city map from this era, and will be found at the beginning of the directory, right before the cover page.

Free Excursions   Detroit Free Press, May 27, 1906

May 1906:  50 soap wrappers per adult and 35 per child would get you a trip and back to Bois Blanc on the “magnificent” steamer Columbia and 75 per adult and 40 per child would get you a trip and back to Put-in-Bay on the “flyer of the lakes, the handsome” steamer Frank E. Kirby. If you notice, the offer says Queen Anne Soap has been around for 30 years, but nothing was found for them or Detroit Soap Co. prior to 1881, so maybe the facts were stretched a little.

Detroit Soap Sells to Buffalo Firm   Detroit Free Press, Sept. 13, 1915

Above, the Buffalo, N.Y. firm, Lautz Bros. & Co. acquire the Detroit Soap Co.

Sources:  “Patronize Michigan Manufacturers!” Detroit Free Press, Wednesday, August 10, 1881. p. 5. (Newspapers.com)

“Business Points.”  Detroit Free Press, Sunday, August 14, 1881. p. 1. (Newspapers.com)

“Reduced to Ashes.”  Detroit Free Press, Sunday, May 8, 1898. p. 20.  (Newspapers.com)

“Factories.”  Detroit Free Press, Sunday, January 1, 1899. p. 7. (Newspapers.com)

“Sayings and Doings”  Detroit Free Press, Wednesday, August 15, 1900. p. 5. (Newspapers.com)

“Plant of Detroit Soap Co. Where Improvement of River Front Began.”  Detroit Free Press, Sunday, May 27, 1906. p. 4. (Newspapers.com)

Detroit city map. R. L. Polk & Co.’s Detroit City Directory, 1901. (Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995).

“Free Excursions to the Users of Queen Anne Soap.”  Detroit Free Press, Sunday, May 27, 1906. p. 14. (Newspapers.com)

“Detroit Soap Co. Sells Business to Buffalo Firm.”  Detroit Free Press, Monday, September 13, 1915. p. 5. (Newspapers.com)

Brown & Dawson, Druggists

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Trade Card, circa 1887. Syracuse, New York.

Price:  $15.00     Size:  About 2 and 5/8 x 4 and 3/8″

“I use Toilet No. 13 Cologne. Made by Brown & Dawson, Druggists, No. 13 South Salina Street, Syracuse, N. Y.    Fragrant!    Delicious!”

Yikes, delicious?! Not how we would describe perfume or cologne today, I don’t think. Wonder if they named it number 13 after their address? In any case this is the second Bufford trade card of the same design (see prior post) and we’ll see what we can find for Brown & Dawson.

The 1879 city directory shows W. L. Brown and E. S. Dawson, Jr., Druggists.

W. L. was living at 223 Genesee Street in Syracuse in 1880, per the Federal Census, occupation Druggist. He was born in New York, about 1845. Married to Gertrude F., about five years his junior. Their children on this census are Garrett, Mabel and Guy, ages ten to three. Also in the household are Minnie Carey, domestic servant, and James Burrell, boarder.

The 1870 Federal Census for Syracuse reveals that W. L.’s given name is Willet (spelled with two t’s here). He’s there with wife Gertie, other family members Rebecca and Frank, and a Sarah Elmendorf, maybe a servant or border.

We also see Find A Grave has an entry for him, and this shows his wife’s maiden name was Garrett. And the 1910 Federal Census shows that Willet Brown is still operating as a druggist.

So, who was E. S. Dawson, Jr?

We went to Google eBooks to find that he was Edward S. Dawson, Jr. and how nice to find a biography and a photo. Edward was born September 29, 1852 in Syracuse and got into the pharmacy business as a bottle washer at age 16, eventually partnering with Willet Brown in 1887.  See The Pharmaceutical Era, Vol. 35  for the full account.

Edward S. Dawson Jr

Sources:  Boyd’s Syracuse City Directory, 1879 – 1880. p. 92. Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.

Year: 1880; Census Place: Syracuse, Onondaga, New York; Roll: 908; Family History Film: 1254908; Page: 496A; Enumeration District: 222; Image: 0292. (Ancestry.com)

Year: 1870; Census Place: Syracuse Ward 6, Onondaga, New York; Roll: M593_1063; Page: 364A; Image: 118471; Family History Library Film: 552562. (Ancestry.com)

Find A Grave Memorial #74337313. (findagrave.com). Web accessed May 22, 2016.

Year: 1910; Census Place: Syracuse Ward 12, Onondaga, New York; Roll: T624_1057; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 0152; FHL microfilm: 1375070. (Ancestry.com)

Kennedy, Ezra J., Ph. C. (ed.). (1906) The Pharmaceutical Era, Vol. XXXV. p. 417. (Google eBook).

Page & Nunn, Brockton, Mass

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Trade Card, circa 1882, Brockton, Massachusetts.

Price:  $15.00             Size:  About 2 and 5/8 x 4 and 3/8″

“Page & Nunn, Manufacturers of the Purest and Finest Confectionery, 427 Main St., Brockton, Mass.        D. L. Page.     F. T. Nunn.”

A trade card in what we like to call the “Breakthrough” style (see category under this name for more) and we couldn’t resist putting this one up after the Lupe Patton post because of the hairstyle and angle of the pose (he he). This was done by the well-known lithography firm Bufford of Boston, Mass. This particular design of the beautiful child with the soulful brown eyes may have been a popular choice back in the day:  We have another that will go up next, advertising a different company.

Dudley and Frederick

Page & Nunn were Dudley L. Page and Frederick T. Nunn according to the 1886 Lowell, Mass. city directory. Dudley was living in a house located on Humphrey “near Dracut line” and Fred was rooming at the shop, which was located at 46 Merrimack in Lowell. They appear in the 1888 Lowell directory, as well.

Page & Nunn Ad 1886

1882 in Brockton

But per our trade card Page & Nunn were found in the Brockton city directory 1882 with the business address same as on the card. There was supposed to be an ad for them on page 456, but evidently it never got submitted. The 1882 shows Dudley was living in a house in Lowell, and Fred was rooming at the Star Building on Main St. in Brockton.

A little more on Dudley

Dudley L. Page was found on the 1880 Federal Census for Lowell, living with his widowed mother, Ann Page, at 42 Church St. Dudley is listed as married, born in New Hampshire about 1846. Also in the household are grandchildren of Ann:  Lucien, Lena and Archie McLoon.

Sources:  John Henry Bufford. n.d https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Henry_Bufford (accessed May 22, 2016).

Sampson, Murdock & Co.’s The Lowell Directory, 1886, No. XXXV. p. 460, 473, 828. Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.

C. F. Copeland’s, The Brockton City Directory, 1882. pp. 155 and 161. Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.

Year: 1880; Census Place: Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts; Roll: 545; Family History Film: 1254545; Page: 563D; Enumeration District: 469; Image: 0628. (Ancestry.com)

Lupe Patton, Phoenix 1923

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Lupe Patton wasn’t identified in online records, as there could be several possibilities, and the same for her aunt and uncle Antonio and Lupe Rodriguez. But it’s a great photo, made into this Real Photo Postcard, of a beautiful girl in 1923, with a bobbed haircut, wearing a drop-waist dress with a beaded design on the bodice. I like the partial glimpse of the rocking chair behind her. She writes:

“Phoenix, Ariz. Nov. 30, 1923. Recuerdo a mis tios Antonio y Lupe Rodriguez y familia. Su Sobrina, Lupe Patton.”

Divided back, Real Photo Postcard, unused with writing. Dated November 30, 1923. AZO stamp box.

Price:  $12.00

Hotel Tres Reyes, San Carlos de Bariloche

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Here’s a vintage 1950’s postcard involving two hotels:  Hotel Tres Reyes in Bariloche, Argentina (the card does not do the place justice) and Hotel Monteleone, located in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana – check out their film and t.v. history, as well as their haunted one!

“Nov. 29th.  Dear Gang – The lake country is a must for the ones who can take it – and it really isn’t rugged. Hotels fine, food superb, and what scenery! Couldn’t get into BA yesterday because flight schedule changed but we didn’t care – it’s so gorgeous here. Everyone wears ski suits (except me). Love to you all, and I’ll be home soon – Mary.”

BA would be Buenos Aires….and the card is addressed to:

“McDougall’s Travel Source, Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans 40, Louisiana U.S.A.”

McDougall’s was located in the lobby of the hotel. Two city directory listings show up online for this travel agency, one in 1952 and the other in 1956. Listed as McDougall’s Travel Service, 214 Royal.

Divided back, used postcard. Postmarked circa December 4, 1954. Unable to read location sent from. Printed in Argentina.

Price:  $5.00

Sources: Hotel 3 Reyes – Bariloche. http://www.hotel3reyes.com.ar/ (web accessed May 14, 2016).

Hotel Monteleone. http://hotelmonteleone.com/history/ (web accessed May 14, 2016).

Polk’s New Orleans City Directory, 1952. p. 1565. (Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995).

Polk’s New Orleans City Directory, 1956. p. 341. (Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995).

Latin Dancers Bridge Tally Set

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Elegant and beautiful in black on dark cream, this bridge score card set of four. Each show the above tally printing on the back. Is the couple dancing the tango, the rumba or some other Latin-style dance?

Vintage bridge score card set of four. Publisher unknown. Circa 1930s.

Price for the set:  $20.00      Size of each:  About 4 and 1/2 x 4 and 1/4″

Marsiana Michîl, December 1923

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A Real Photo Postcard of a pretty young woman who looks to be in her early twenties, in a photo of the same era, early 1920s that is, wearing the unmistakable drop-waist dress –   too bad we can’t know the color, and note the beautiful bead work or sequins at the cuffs, neckline and at the vertical overlay flap (there must be a term for this part but I’ll be darned if I could find it) and and wearing double-strap shoes with button closures. The message on the back is:

“Este serbia [servia?] de un recuerdo de una amiga y mucho la estima, Marsiana Michîl   15 de Disiembre de 1923.”

Translated as:   “This serves as a memory of a friend, with much esteem, Marsiana  Michîl, December 15, 1923.”

Addressed to:   “Fra Gadalupe de Rodrigues     Nogales  Sonora.”

The above is most likely:   “Francisca Guadalupe de Rodrigues”  and the city of Nogales is located in the Mexican state of Sonora, and is on the border of Arizona.

Divided back, Real Photo Postcard, unused with writing. Dated December 15, 1923. AZO stamp box.

Price:  $4.00

Rosa Arce, Ensenada, August 28, 1916

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This Real Photo Postcard from 1916 shows a graceful young woman, standing on a porch, her hand resting on the back of a wooden chair. The composition is wonderful:  the door slightly ajar, the arbor effect of the vines, the roses in the right-hand corner, the glimpse to the street in the background. The woman has a narrow, oval-shaped face, is dressed in a long dark skirt, white blouse with lace collar, and if you look closely you’ll notice she’s wearing long gloves of a very thin material. She writes:

“Dedico este Recuerdo mi querida hermani tu como una prueba de cariño que le tiene su nita,    Rosa Arce   Encenada   Agosto 28 de 1916.”

It seems “hermani” should be hermana (sister) and possibly  “nita” should be nieta (granddaughter). “Encenada” is Ensenada, so the photo was probably taken in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, however there is a small town in New Mexico by this name and also a neighborhood in Guánica, Puerto Rico called Ensenada. I’m not understanding the full context with the reference at the end to su nieta (his/her granddaughter) however I believe the first part translates as:

“This memory is dedicated to you my dear sister as proof of my affection…” 

Addressed to:   “Señorita Eloisa Moreno.”   (The word appearing underneath the name is a mystery at the moment.)

Divided back, Real Photo Postcard, unused with writing. Dated August 28, 1916. AZO stamp box.

Availability status:  SOLD