Friday, October 5, 2012

The Toggery Shop Cabinet Photo

Great cabinet photo of The Toggery Shop. I'm not sure of the location of this shop or who the gent is in front of it. I'd love to get my hands on those cardboard die cut advertising pieces in the window.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Emerson Shoe Advertising Ink Blotter

Advertising ink blotter from The Emerson Shoe Company. Great use of type and color.

Friday, September 28, 2012

1905 Trojan Laundry and Custom Shirt Factory Advertising Envelope

Great illustrated advertising envelope from the Trojan Laundry and Custom Shirt Factory in Detroit, Michigan. The cover is postmarked April 25, 1905 from Detroit. The front of the cover is pretty nice, but it's the type elements on the back that really caught my attention.

Undated photo from the Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library

Thursday, September 27, 2012

1909 The Hub Advertising Postcard

1909 advertising postcard from The Hub Clothing Store. Henry C. Sytton was the president. The card was produced by Alfred Holzman Company. The illustration on the front is very J.C. Leyendecker like, but I'm pretty positive it's not by him. I've found a few entries online for clothing stores called "The Hub" in different locations. The photo below, dated 1932 is from Madison, Wisconsin and has the same logo as the front postcard.

From the Wisconsin Historical Society

Monday, September 24, 2012

Israel London Advertising Card

Advertising card for Israel London, dealer in ladies' and gent's garments. London's shop was located in Salem, Massachusetts. The card is undated but probably from the late 1800s. The card has a note on the back. it reads. Mr. Goldstein, Please deliver to Mr. Oulette one sheep skin coat and charge it to me. I. London.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Palm Lite by Palm Beach Company Advertisng Postcard

Illustrated advertising postcard for Palm Lite Suits by the Palm Beach Company. This new summer garment was a blend of Dacron, polyester and worsted wool.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

1903 W.C. Kern Company, College Goods Letterhead

Great illustrated letterhead from The W.C. Kern Company of Chicago, Illinois. The letter is dated May 2, 1903. William C. Kern established his company in 1898 right after graduating the University of Chicago. The company manufactured college and society goods.

Monday, September 10, 2012

J.H Ellis Men's Furnisher Advertising Card

Early 1900s advertising card for J.H. Ellis Men's Furnisher, Hatter and Tailor in Troy, New York. The card also advertises the Star Theatre.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

1902 American Trouser Company Advertising Envelope & Letterhead

Amazing illustrated advertising envelope and letterhead from the American Trouser Company Inc., located in Indianapolis, Indiana. The envelope is double postmarked with one on July 3rd from Indianapolis and another from New York City on July 5th. Even though the letterhead states that the were the largest exclusive trousers manufacturers in America, there is very little information on the company on the web.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Circa 1902-03 Schultz the Tailor Real Photo Postcard

Great real photo postcard showing Schultz the Tailor. Not sure if any of the four men shown is actually H. Schultz. The card does have a stamp on the back but never appears to have been mailed becuase there's no postmark. The Benjamin Franklin stamp on the back was issued in 1902-1903.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Paul Wolff Shirt Company Advertising Card

Pretty simple but great advertising card from the Paul E. Wolff Shirt Company in St. Louis, Missouri.

Paul Wolff got his start in the shirt business in 1881 while working at a factory in Warrensburg, NY. After relocating to St. Louis in 1883, he became a manager at a manufacturing plant for F.J. Dexter & Company. In 1886 Wolff became a partner. In 1889 he bought out Dexter and in 1890 started the firm of A.T. Hungerford & Company. In 1895, Wolff bought out Hungersford and in the following year of 1886 started the Paul E. Wolff Shirt Company.


Ad from The Postal Record of 1900

Thursday, August 30, 2012

J. & P. Coats/Clark's The Wedding Best Man Card

Interesting trade card from J. & P. Coats/Clark's Threads. It is part of a six card set made up of the bride, bridesmaid, minister, bridegroom, best man and the bride's mother. Not quite sure when these were issued, but a similar set issued by Coats/Clark's was issued around 1916. This set had one more doll, the bride's father.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Homestead Shirt Box Label

Really nice box label for The Homestead Shirt. Not quite sure what company this was produced for. The label does have OK & Co. on it, but a quick search doesn't show anything.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Circa 1870 T.J. Irving & Co., Advertising Envelope

Advertising envelope from T.J. Irving & Company in Baltimore, Maryland. It hard to make out the postmark, but the George Washington three cent stamp on the envelope was issued in 1870. The cover served as an ad for their cashmere and yoke shirt as well as a moving announcement. With all the type on the cover, it's hard to believe this piece was actually delivered to the address hidden underneath it.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Late 1800s Boys Overshirts Size Tag

Really nice late 1800s size tag for boys overshirts. I have no idea what brand this tag originally came on. I like the type on overshirts. It appears to be hand done.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Bayless The Haberdasher Advertising Card

Late 1800s advertising card for Bayless The Haberdasher in Louisville, Kentucky. The card also serves as an advertisement for the Claudent Scarf by Fisk, Clark & Flagg Makers.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

c.1887 Lone Star Shirt Company Advertising Envelope

Advertising envelope from the Lone Star Shirt Company in Chicago, Illinois. The envelope is canceled with a "Chicago" stamp but does not have a date of cancelation. I put the piece around 1887 because of the one cent Benjamin Franklin stamp. It appears to be a Scott #212 which was issued in July of 1887.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Circa 1883-85 E.R. Hull & Co. Advertising Card

Established in 1873 as E.R. Hull, the company changed its name to E.R. Hull & Company in 1883 with the edition of S.E. Graves and J.C. McWatters. Graves retired from the company in 1885. In 1890 Wilbur Dutton joined the company and it became E.R. Hull & Dutton. In 1899 the company was bought by the May Department Store Company.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

1880s J.S. Preston Jrs. Advertising Card

1880s advertising card for J.S. Preston Jrs., located at 15 Dwight Street in Holyoke, Massachusetts. From what I could gather, it appears they went out of business in 1890. I love the use of the word "Nobby" on the card.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Friday, August 17, 2012

Weigert, Meyer, Gross & Co., Pants Makers Advertising Card

Early 1900s advertising card for pants makers, Weigert, Meyer, Gross & Company located in New York City. Around 1910 the company changed to Weigert, Meyer & Company.

1911 ad for Weigert, Meyer & Company's Pennant Pants

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Oversized The Royal Tailors Advertising Ink Blotter

Oversized The Royal Tailors advertising ink blotter. This blotter was handed out at various authorized resident dealers for Royal Made-To-Measure Clothes. In this case it came from C. Wright, Custom Tailors in Durham, New Hampshire. Royal Tailors was established in 1886 by Joseph Vehon.

The Royal Tailors Light Up Sign from Showtime Auction Services

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

1914 Geo. P. Ide & Co., Collar Advertising Fliers

These two 1914 advertising fliers are from the Geo. P. Ide & Co., located in Troy, New York. The company, which started in 1865, was originally called Ide & Ford. In 1867 Samuel Ide joined the company and it became Ide Brothers & Ford. In 1872 it became Ide Brothers & Bruce after S. V. R. Ford left and Charles Bruce joined the firm. That company dissolved in 1878 and became George P. Ide, Bruce & Company. The final name change came in 1884 when the company became George P. Ide & Company.

The piece below is a platinum print by Paul Outerbridge, Jr. from 1922 that was used in a Ide & Company advertisment. The original print was auctioned by Christie's in October of 2000 and sold for $314,000.


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

1876 Joseph Schiller & Co., Hats Advertising Card

Advertising card for hatter Joseph Schiller & Company, St. Louis, Missouri. The back of the card has a great graphic celebrating the centennial of the United States.