Item #23256 [Photo] Advertising Parade Float Featuring a Model of a Silk Mill, ca. 1880s

[Photo] Advertising Parade Float Featuring a Model of a Silk Mill, ca. 1880s

Boudoir card (5" x 8") albumen photo on the mound of "Richardson, Artist" showing a team of horses pulling a large model factory building with the words "Glenwood Mills Dress Silks" on the roof. Not further identified, but most likely the Glenwood Mills in Easthampton, Massachusetts, which, according to an account in the Fitchburg Sentinel, began manufacturing dress silks in August, 1881.  We have been unable to locate an image of that factory for comparison, likely because it burned to the ground in 1887.  Several flags are mounted on the building, suggesting it may have been part of an Independence Day parade. In any case, it surely would have been an attention-grabbing form of advertising. Mount is chipped at one corner and rubbed at the others; image very good. .

Item #23256

Price: $100.00