It is always tough for me to find info on the companies behind various Victorian trade cards. I thought I’d pass along a resource/place to look when researching trade cards in your collection.
I found info on Atmore & Sons in an 1879 general survey of factories and mills in Philadelphia, PA. It had detailed info on the factory building, plus where various business functions occured (canning on west side of factory in shed also used for wagons, main building – dried fruit storage in basement, fruit sorting on third floor, apple paring on second floor, etc).
I also found out this factory was not their first as it was erected in 1878 and the business was established in 1842. So, where were they previously? For now that will remain a mystery.
Anotherwards, look in old building survey records for info on companies and how, when, and where they operated.
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