Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Groton Carriage Company

Groton, NY
The Groton Carriage Company


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Above is the card that started it all. Though most know what "fancy robes" means, few in the 21st century know the difference between a "Buck Board" and a "Swell Cutter."



Below are some examples of the carriage types listed above from the Groton Carriage Company Catalog. Not all could be found.

CARTS:

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BUGGIES:



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CARRIAGES:



SPRING WAGONS:



BUCK BOARDS:


SURRY:



PORTLAND CUTTERS:

TWO-SEATED PORTLAND SLEIGHS:


The Carriage Museum of America has links to additional catalogs.

For the complete carriage listings from this Groton Carriage Catalog are available to the public.






Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Utica's Reynolds Brothers...

...Shoemakers

(a short story: click most images to enlarge)


The Reynolds brothers led exciting lives. According to the source below, Richard Samuel Reynolds "was in Denver [CO] when six log cabins housed its population!"

The following three pages are from the resource above:


Bibliographic information for the excerpts above & below:
Title    The Union Army: Biographical
Volume 8 of The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States, 1861-65 -- Records of the Regiments in the Union Army -- Cyclopedia of Battles -- Memoirs of Commanders and Soldiers
Publisher    Federal Publishing Company, 1908 p.386-7

Click the image to enlarge the business description below:

Bibliographic information for excerpt above:
Title    History and Commerce of Central New York: With Illustrated Supplement of the Columbian World's Fair at Chicago. Syracuse, Utica, Rome, Binghamton, Elmira, Horseheads, Auburn, Oswego, Ithaca, Owego, Ogdensburg, Canandaigua, Geneva, and Watertown
Contributor    A.F. Parsons Publishing Company
Publisher    A.F. Parsons Publishing Company, 1893
Original from    University of Chicago
Digitized    Dec 23, 2015
Length    234 pages p.91

Below is a selection of cards chosen by the Reynolds Brothers to advertise their business:
from the Arnold Collection
recent addition to the Arnold Collection
Stuart A. Lassen Postcard Collection, Willard Library Digital Collections





























































































































Item Information
Derived from Digital Commonwealth
Title: Reynolds Brothers fine shoes, Utica, N. Y.
Date: [ca. 1870–1900]
Location: Boston Public Library Print Department
Collection (local): 19th Century American Trade Cards.
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    http://ark.digitalcommonwealth.org/ark:/50959/sq87ck17m
Terms of Use: No known copyright or use restrictions.
    Publisher: Five Points, N. Y. : Donaldson Brothers
    Retailer: M. M. Joslyn, West Winfield, N. Y.