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page 166 -- Hoefner's Chief Soap, Waller & McSorley, "glove-fitting" corsets

updated 20 June 2017
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When doing historical research on 19th century companies, the easily accessible information often gives a somewhat incomplete portrait of the business. From the Buffalo Express, Friday, 15 October 1869, for instance, we learn that A. Hoefner sold the Erie County Poorhouse about $200 worth of soap during the year.

 From Buffalo History Buff, we learn:
"Manufactured by A. Hoefner Soaps, Candles & Potash 162-172 Van Rensselaer Street Buffalo, New York 1854-1929 
"A. Hoefner & Sons produced such brands as “Olivine”, “Star”, “Sunshine”, & “Cotton Oil”. The factory was burned in 1881, condemned through Eminent Domain for the purpose of a railroad crossing in 1906, and finally sold in 1929. "
No soap here, at least none from Hoefner, but you can park for free on the old factory site:

(Google Maps)
back of card similar to one above
Anslem Hoefner d.1912

Ray was Earl J. Arnold's brother
Roberts & Arnold, Plumbers offices were on N. Main St., Bristol CT.
Page 48 of the book below shows a 1920's image of N. Main.
Roberts & Arnold are identified in the caption.

a New York dry goods store
Frederick Waller and John T. McSorley, proprietors
Thomson's claimed 
their corsets were "glove-fitting," which I
would interpret as "very uncomfortable."

I found the missing portion of this card on Digital Commonwealth:

The card is an adaptation of "Three Little Maids from School:"

Gilbert & Sullivan, Mikado via YouTube

Here is the back of a Thomson's trade card as reproduced by Digital Commonwealth:

There were no doubt multiple products trading on the popularity of Gilbert & Sullivan's Mikado. Below is one example:

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