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page 78 -- Jumbo, Kerr's thread, American Thread Company, J & P Coats

updated 28 September 2021
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The elephant depicted here is "Jumbo," and the advertising sequence is a play on actual events that happened when Jumbo was purchased (along with the Bailey Circus operation) by P.T. Barnum, forming the famed Barnum & Bailey Circus.  For more on the story of Jumbo, see the next page of this blog.

"Jumbo reaching for candy"
"Jumbo objects to being put in irons"
"Jumbo with his new friends, Madison Square Garden, NY"
"Prospective fun for the children"

The American Electric Company installed electric lights in the F.H. Allis & Co. building in January of 1882 according to this Google Books resource:

KERR'S Thread was manufactured by the American Thread Company, according to the Official Gazette of the U.S. Patent Office.

For more on the American Thread Company, Walter Grutchfield's site is recommended. The New York headquarters of the company is now famous as a landmark in its own right. The building has its own Wikipedia page.

Google Street View of 260 West Broadway as of Oct. 2014

For more on the J&P Coats Company, see page 174 of the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection.

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