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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Immense Chewing Candy: 1904

Immense Chewing Candy: 1904

The Jersey shore circa 1904. "Young's Hotel and Boardwalk, Atlantic City." Where strollers confront a plenitude of amusements, confections and refreshments. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Mexican Penochis

This from Historical Sketch of the Chicago Confectionery Trade:

BELL, Jonas N.
Started jobbing and is now (1905) a manufacturer of sweets at 606 West Madison Street
As Senior Partner began manufacturing as BELL & PFEIFFER at 40 Fifth Avenue and 612 West
Madison 1901
Has also manufactured vending machines
Ex-Vice President of the Jobbing Confectioners' Association
Ad: (Photo of BELL) "JONAS N. BELL Manufacturer and Jobber of High Grade Confections, Sole
manufacturer of the Original "Mexican Penochis" as made in Old Mexico, Tin Boxes 25 cents.
Texas Pecan Clusters made of Texas Selected Pecan Nuts, Tin Boxes 30 cents, 604 W. Madison
Street -- Chicago"
Page 83, 119, 122 (Ad/Photo)

Low down on Mexican penochis...

http://www.newspapers.com/newspage/38621364/

As it's poorly OCR'd it's a bit of a puzzling read, but worth a couple minutes.

That's The Beer Brewed in Columbus

In the middle left of the photo (right above the Brady's Baths sign) is a sign for Hoster's Beer which was one of the major breweries here in Columbus, Ohio in those days.

Early Atlantic City

Is that Nucky I see down there on the boardwalk smiling?

Where It All Began

The custom of keeping right of oncoming traffic. Perhaps it was a continuation of the American Revolution, when Patriots began to drink coffee vis-à-vis British tea, while the British had and still have the custom of keeping left?

Ten-cent cigar

Actually, something of a premium smoke back in 1904.

25% purer

From the Boston Evening Transcript, May 8, 1902.

 
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