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College Ices: 1908

College Ices: 1908

Circa 1908. "Allyn House, Hartford, Conn." At the drug store: Egg Drinks and "College Ices." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Philo W. Newton & Co.

I looked up Philo W. Newton & Co., the drug store pictured above in the Allyn House, and found this from the Druggists Circular and Chemical Gazette, April 1904:
"Charles F. German, a member of the firm of Philo W. Newton & Co., has recently been quite ill, but is now improving." Druggist, heal thyself. Or maybe that was the problem?

Allyn House (1857-1960)

From whatwasthere.com:

"The Allyn House, on the corner of Asylum Street and Trumbull Street, was the finest hotel in Hartford when constructed in 1857. It was designed by Octavius J. Jordan and was located near the railroad station. It was demolished in 1960. William T. Stevens was the proprietor of the Hartford Optical Co. Charles Avery sold boots and shoes at 148 Asylum Street."

"College Ice"

is just another name for the old fashioned ice cream sundae.

My father used to make a "college ice" as a treat for us kids on a Friday night. Vanilla ice cream, Hershey's chocolate syrup and whatever fruit was available. Delicious.

A respectable lifespan

Downtown Hartford has many nicely preserved older buildings, alas the Allyn House is not among them. Which isn't to say that it met a premature end. Built in 1857 as the city's first hotel, and standing at the northwest corner of Asylum* and Trumbull streets, it lasted a respectable 103 years before being demolished. It hadn't been used as a hotel for many years.

The Allyn House was demolished on account of general decrepitude, not because the site was urgently needed for something else. In fact the site was a parking lot for a decade before the Hartford Civic Center (now the XL Center) was built on it.

* = Asylum Street, one of Hartford's major thoroughfares, takes its peculiar moniker from the former name of the American School for the Deaf, once located along it.

 
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