Updated 6 January 2019
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Historic New England, a great resource for your research, has Diamond Dye colors:
The reverse has additional information:
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The Wells, Richardson Building still stands in Burlington. Photographers Street View has two images of the facade. The authors favorite originated on page 59 of the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection, which has additional information on the Wells, Richardson Company:
|Well, Richardson & Co. reflected|
Here's a look at the Victorian-era facade of this building as well as more advertising for Wells, Richardson, both from Waymarking:
|Using buildings as billboards was common Victorian practice.|
|Notice the absence of an ingredients list. This tonic was 21% alcohol.|
Additional trade card images and further details can be found on SeeSaw by Liza Cohen.
The application and associated documents presented for registration of the Wells, Richardson complex of buildings onto the National Register of Historic Places contains fascinating commentary on the history of the business and its products. Below are some abstracts:
|Well of Reflection. Google Street View, Aug 2017.|
Additional corporate history and trade cards can be found in the Arnold Collections at:
Want still more information on the founders of Wells, Richardson with many additional images from Company publications and more Wells, Richardson trade cards, too? We recommend the blog published in September 2018 by Malcolm A. Goldstein.