This is a folder of advertisement cards for several Chattanooga based businesses. They look as though at one time they may have been part of a larger scrapbook or other collection as many of them are loose and have paper similar to that of the folder glued to the back while other loose cards seem to have a different paper attached or none at all. The folder cover is in two pieces and is catalogued separately.
a) This is the front cover. It has a cut out picture of George Washington and a handwritten inscription below the picture. It says: "To Pearl From Mrs. Ford (illegible) Dec. 1881 (Faded initials, unclear)" It appears something was painted on the reverse side of the page but it is unclear.
b) Advertisement card for T. A. Snow Stove Company. The front is titled "A Cabin in the Good Old Time" and copyrighted 1882 by J. H. Bufford's Sons. The drawing shows a group of African Americans dancing, clapping, and one individual playing a stringed instrument. On the back is a drawing of a stove and says, "Perfection Roasting and Baking is only attained by using Charter Oak Stoves and Ranges with Wire Gauze Oven Doors"
According to "A History of Tennessee and Tennesseans" by Hale and Merritt, Thomas A. Snow began his working life as a helper in a stove factory in Nashville at the age of 14. Thirteen years later, he had worked his way up to head salesman in the company store. In 1873, Snow moved to Chattanooga with two others from Nashville to form the Ashley, Johnson and Snow Stove Company which ran a factory and store. Within the first two years, Ashley and Johnson each sold out their share in the company so that it became T.A. Snow & Company. The company's signature line was the "Southern Queen" Range. In 1905, Snow sold T.A. Snow & Company to begin business with J. F. Loomis called the Tom Snow Heating and Roofing Company. The book says Snow was a prominent Mason, co-founder of the Humane Society of Chattanooga, a leader of the Lewis Mission, and prominent member of Centenary Methodist Church. He is buried at Forest Hill Cemetery.
In the book, "East Tennessee: Historical and Biographical", Snow is spoken of in the present tense as having a great reputation both socially and professionally. The Chattanoogan.com also corroborates many of the above business details as well as placing the company at 710 Market Street around 1888.
c) Advertisement card for T. A. Snow Stove Company. The front is titled, "In The Land of Cotton" and copyrighted 1882 by J. H. Bufford's Sons. The drawing shows a group of African Americans working in a cotton field harvesting cotton. The back includes a drawing of a stove with the wording, " Perfection in Roasting and Baking is only attained by using Charter Oak Stoves and Ranges with Wire Gauze Oven Doors."
d) Advertisement card for T. A. Snow Stove Company. The front is titled, "Happy Hours on the Quay" and copyrighted 1882 by J. H. Bufford's Sons. The drawing shows a group of African Americans laughing on a dock with a steamboat in the background. The back is mostly obscured by attached paper, but seems to include the same information as the previous two cards.
e) Advertisement card for T. A. Snow Stove Company. The front is titled, "A Revival" and copyrighted 1882 by J. H. Bufford's Sons. The drawing shows a group of African Americans some of whom appear to be praying while others raise their hands and appear to shout. The back is mostly obscured by attached paper, but seems to include the same information as previous cards.
f) Advertisement card appears to be for T. A. Snow though including the misprinted F. A. Snow. The front shows two children who have recently visited the well in the background. One child seems distraught over his water having spilled out of the cooking pot he was carrying. The insignia above the children includes an iron pot and reads "Patent Granite Iron Ware". The back reads, "Granite Ironware. For Broiling, Baking, Boiling, Preserving. Is Light, Handsome, Wholesome, Durable. The BEST Ware Made for the Kitchen. F. A. Snow, Hardware, Stoves & Tinware. Chattanooga, Tenn."
g) Advertisement card appears to be for T. A. Snow though including the misprinted F. A. Snow. The front shows two children and a cat, the female child apparently washing dishes in an iron tub while the male child hugs her and the cat looks on. A stove with an iron kettle is in the background.
h) Advertisement card. Shows picture of a woman in fine clothes. Reads, "King's perfected Spectacles and Eye Glasses Each Pair Warranted Perfect at E. P. Durando's 246 Market St." Durando's appears to have been a jewelry shop. The following texts appear to include information on the business, but could not be accessed online: The Jeweler's Circular and Horological Review Volume 27, Engineering News-Record Volume 21, Tennessee State Gazetteer and Business Directory 1876, and Chilton's Jeweler's Circular/Keystone 1970 Jeweler's Directory Issue.
i) Advertisement card. Front is a color drawing of a little girl who seems to have been scratched by the cat in the bottom of the frame. The back is text only: "'Naughty Puss!' the title of the present picture, (twelfth of our series), has evidently caused the pretty little child to dread too much familiarity with Pussy hereafter. But simple as the incident which has served the artist in this case is, we hope the care taken to improve with each succeeding edition recognized, for we will then be sure that the current issue will be accepted as an agreeable medium for impressing on all that when once a cold is contracted, it should have prompt treatment or the cough may so rack and inflame the Lungs that tubercles will form, and Incipient Consumption, instead of a simple Cold, have to be dealt with. If you will try in such a case, Dr. Jayne's Expectorant - using small doses, and repeating according to the urgency of the symptoms - your expectoration will soon become loose, any tendency to inflammation will be allayed, and the cold soon disappear. If Bronchitis, sore throat, or any bronchial disorder manifest itself, the expectorant detaches the mucus matter adhering to the lining membrane of the throat...(missing because the card was once glued to another paper)...Jayne's Tonic Vermifuge has proven to be the best and safest Worm Medicine for children, as well as one of the surest Tonics for children or adults, and a reliable remedy for Dyspepsia in either. It is used by most families in the United States and should be used by all. Presented by Bazemore Bros., Chattanooga, Tennessee."
The Bazemore Brothers were William Jerome Bazemore M.D. and George M. Bazemore M.D. who had "acquired a very large and lucrative practice" in Chattanooga between 1877 the earliest date the brothers could have been in Chattanooga due to attending medical school or practicing in other cities and 1885 when they seem to have moved to Cleveland, TN. Source.
j) Advertising card, "Compliments of R.F. McCoy, Temple of Music, Chattanooga, Tenn." The card shows two children and a turtle. One child plays a recorder while the turtle dances and the second child looks on. The back of the card is completely covered by an attached piece of paper. According to Music and Drama Volume 2 of 1882, R.F. McCoy was a music dealer based in Chattanooga, TN. Several issues of The Music Trade Review from around 1906 mention McCoy as a sales representative of Bush and Lane Piano Company out of Chicago.
k) This is a complete page from the folder/scrapbook with four advertising cards and one card whose front shows flowers and reverse is attached to the page.
The first card is for R.F. McCoy and shows two children and a large beetle. One child appears to be cheering on the beetle which is walking on its hind legs while the second child is wearing a fur lined robe and looking at a document.
The second card is for Thacher's Liver and Blood Syrup which was manufactured by Thacher Medicine Company in Chattanooga. The third card shows a woman leaning on a box. The text says "Leave this card in the package until empty; Frey's Famous Yara All Tobacco Cigarettes; Sweet as a Nut." The card is glued to the page in such a way as to prevent the back from being read. Worthpoint.com, however, has a listing for an identical card that includes the following: the woman is an Indian Queen and she is leaning on a crate of cigarettes; the back side of the card should be an advertisement for L. C. Frey & Co Cincinnati, Ohio.
|Dates of Creation||
a) December 1881
f) Circa 1882
g) Circa 1882
h) Circa 1881
i) Circa 1880
j) Circa 1882
k) Circa 1882
|Extent of Description||
a) 7.50" x 10.75"
b) 2.75" x 4.45"
c) 2.74" x 4.45"
d) 2.75" x 4.45"
e) 2.75" x 4.45"
f) 2.75" x 4.25"
g) 2.75" x 4.25"
h) 2.50" x 4.25"
i) 3.10" x 4.50"
j) 5.25" x 5.75"
k) 10.50" x 8.00"
a) Cover Front
b) A Cabin in the Good Old Time
c) In The Land of Cotton
d) Happy Hours on the Quay
e) A Revival
f) Granite Ironware
g) Granite Ironware
h) King's Perfected
i) Naughty Puss!
j) Compliments of R. F. McCoy
k) Compliments of R. F. McCoy