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Sulphur Kisses: 1907

Hartford, Connecticut, 1907. "Hartford Life Insurance Co." Home to Duggan & Co. Druggists, purveyors of Moxie, and Sulphur & Molasses Kisses. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

Hartford, Connecticut, 1907. "Hartford Life Insurance Co." Home to Duggan & Co. Druggists, purveyors of Moxie, and Sulphur & Molasses Kisses. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.


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The action is up top

This beaux-arts beauty was not lacking embellishment. My eye is drawn to all the detail in and under the cornice. The date of construction is up there, 189 ... I'm guessing the last digit is 4. Each garland swag is occupied by two cherubs. My favorite piece is the lion's mouth straining to hold up the ornament around the oculus window. Then we have two rowdy office workers. We can only imagine what sort of things they're yelling down at pedestrians.


Instead of being at their assigned workstations, we have two young lasses achieving an early photobomb.

Sulphur & Molasses for a long life.

Growing up in the 1960's, our neighbors the Surette sisters lived well into their 90s. They attributed their longevity to eating sulphured molasses on bread.

A dime ain’t what it used to be

If you bought something for 10 cents in 1913 (earliest data in the inflation calculator), it would cost three bucks today.

Spears are from Kentwood but McManuses are everywhere

To Miss McManus:

There are a few McManuses down here. I was friends with "Mackie" McManus in Ponchatoula. She'd be 68 but I believe she's passed on. And my 3rd grade teacher in 1963 was a Mrs. McManus in Metairie!


"What are the benefits of sulphur and molasses?"

-- of the two, molasses smells better.

At ten cents per box

I'll try (almost) anything once.

Their "A" game

As in the corner of Asylum (foreground) and Ann Streets. The cars don't stop at this corner anymore. (Well, they've stopped everywhere in Hartford, actually.)

The building was a member of the class of '95 - voted "best looking", perhaps? - but didn't quite make it to the 70th reunion: by then known as the Lincoln Building, it was destroyed by a fire in 1963. (Ironic? Perhaps, but note it was the home of Hartford Life, not the Hartford Fire Insurance company.)

XL Center

The Hartford Life building is long gone, formerly residing on the block now occupied by the XL Center (formerly Hartford Civic Center) built in 1975. The building was on the corner of Asylum and Ann Streets. Ann Street was renamed Ann Uccello Street in 2008 after Hartford's (and Connecticut's) first woman mayor, who took office in 1967. Mayor Uccello is still with us having celebrated her 100th birthday last May.

Sounds gross

I'll have to wash that kiss down with a slug or two of Moxie. Meanwhile I spy with my little eye, my maiden name on one of the signs ... although my people hail from Louisiana and not Connecticut, so, no relation. Hint: it's near Spear. Made you look.

New title

This photo should be titled (you've got to sing it), "Standing on the corner, watching all the ghosts walk by".

Sulphur and molasses was the dose.

At least, that's what the song says. Everyone knows that Moxie cures paralysis, softening of the brain, nervousness, and insomnia. That's what the label once claimed. What are the benefits of sulphur and molasses?

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