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page 106 -- Van Stan's Stratena, Cadden Clothing, Rheumatic Victor, Freeman's, Domestic Sewing, German Corn Remover

updated 5 October 2019
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Van Stan's Stratena is featured on page 121 of the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection.

While I have found some tidbits about the (Abraham) Cadden (born: Germany 1839, home: 86 Sumner, trustee: Isaac Leeser Lodge no. 142) Clothing Company, such as it was buried along with others in Hartford, CT's blizzard of '88 and was a participant in a court case a year later, no substantial company history has yet surfaced. If you have information about the company, please post your comments below or email me. Thanks! Special thanks to Bobby Shipman who contacted me via my messaging service to convey their comment below!

Rheumatic Victor bottle from
Antique Medicines' Nexus
a free online guide to antique medicine bottles
Google News found this ad for Rheumatic Victor:

2 August 1883 p.4

Google Books reveals that a "Dr. Melville of Prescott" was the inventor of Rheumatic Victor, which we have learned from above was evidently manufactured in Norwich, CT by a company of the same name. This is how one begins to put together stories about these cards. I will now attempt to confirm this information with a more reliable source.

A copy of this resource from the Library of Congress reveals just why it will be necessary to investigate the matter of Dr. (Andrew?) Melville of Prescott, Ontario, Canada (!) further: 

S.I. Freeman's, Hartford, CT
Page 56 has another trade card for this merchant.

for more information on the Domestic Sewing Machine Company,
see p. 112 of the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection

84 Front St., NYC
Thanks to Miami University Libraries, we have an example of a fold-out (metamorphic) trade card:

In addition to cards with sponsored ads, there is a card that has no advertising on this page. This may have been a "scrap" - distributed to scrapbookers as filler.

Gilbert & Sullivan's "Patience" mocked the fads of Victorian America
British contralto Anne Collins gives the definitive performance of the role portrayed in the trade card above (Lady Jane's Recit & Aria) in this YouTube video:

"Uploaded on Dec 20, 2010
The great British contralto Anne Collins ( 1943-2009 ) captured here giving her last performance of a role she made her own . A tribute to a wonderful artist and a lovely lady.
The production was specially devised to re-open the stage of the historic Nomansfield Theatre. Directed and devised by Anthony Baker and produced in collaboration with Carl Rosa Opera in January 2007"

From the script:

"Lady Jane: Sad is that woman's lot, who, year by year,
Sees, one by one, her beauties disappear,
When time, grown weary of her heart-drawn sighs, 
Impatiently begins to dim her eyes!
Compelled, at last, in life's uncertain gloamings,
To wreathe her wrinkled brow with well-saved combings;
Reduced, with rouge, lip-salve and pearly grey 
To make up for lost time as well she may.

"Silvered is the raven hair, spreading is the parting straight,
Mottled the complexion fair, halting is the youthful gate.
Hollow is the laughter free, spectacled the limpid eye!
Little will be left of me in the coming bye and bye.

"Fading is the taper waist, shapeless grows the shapely limb,
And, although severely laced, spreading is the figure trim.
Stouter than I used to be, still more corpulent grow I!
There will be too much of me in the coming bye and bye!"

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Jeff Diver said…
From Bobby Shipman:

A. Cadden was born in 1839 in Halsdorf, Germany, in a Jewish family whose roots in the town went back almost 200 years before. He emigrated to Hartford, CT sometime between 1850 and 1860. He did what most German Jews in Hartford did at the time-opened a clothing store. It ran for many years, into the 1900s. He married Jennie (Goldsmith) Cadden of Rauschenberg, Germany with whom he had many children- four or five of whom died in infancy. He was one of the earliest members of the city first synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel. He died in 1912. He is my great-great-great uncle's father-in-law. I have been searching for something like your trade card for TWO YEARS. I am breathtakingly happy!!!
Unknown said…
Wow, this is interesting. I think though that Abe Cadden's wife was Bertha, and his daughter Jenny Cadden married Abe Katten in Hartford. Abe Cadden would be my great great grandfather!