Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Harzfeld & Goodman, Cloaks and Dolmans

This die-cut, folding trade card dates from 1880 to 1883.

Albert Harzfeld, father of Sig Harzfeld, founder of Harzfeld's specialty store, was in partnership with Louis Goodman. J. F. Jordan must have been a representative / salesman for the firm.

The Madison St. address may be difficult to pinpoint since street numbering in Chicago was revised in 1908.

Goodman left the partnership in 1883. Samual Friend joined Harzfeld along with E. (possibly Edward) Harzfeld to carry on the firm which manufactured its own garments and employed between 80 and 100. By 1884, it moved to 210 Monroe Street.

Many of these details came from the Chicago Daily Tribune of the time.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Harzfeld & Goodman

We recently acquired our earliest Harzfeld's related item. Here's the front side. The reverse and more details on Wednesday.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Kansas City Chronicles Just Released

Hot off the press! Get your copy of Kansas City Chronicles: An Up-to-Date History by David W. Jackson (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2010) through the Jackson County Historical Society’s virtual bookshop.

Also, mark your calendars for the debut presentation and book signing at the National Archives of Kansas City (400 W Pershing, Kansas City, MO) on Thursday, August 12, 2010 (6 p.m. reception; 6:30 presentation).