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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

State St. Fruit Company: 1890

State St. Fruit Company: 1890

Taken in my old hometown of Springfield, Massachussets and printed from an original 5x7 glass negative in my collection. The envelope protecting the negative is labeled "Corner of State & Dwight Str. City. Old house occupied by Mrs. Gordon and owned by RB & Co. May 29, 1890 4:30 AM."

On the telegraph pole to the right of the building is a broadside for Edison's Talking Doll, which was only in the market a brief few weeks in May 1890 before being recalled. View full size.

Edison Talking Doll

The dolls (22" high, weighing 4 lbs.) were offered for sale in April 1890 at $10 each ($20-25 with a full dress), but of 2,500 shipped, only 500 sold, many of which were returned by unhappy customers, leading to an end of production in May. There was no spring motor so the child had to turn the crank at a steady speed to play the 6-second nursery rhyme.

 
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