Merts & Riddle Coach and Hearse Company advertisementsSave
Description: Dated ca. 1880-1900, these are advertisements for coach and hearse models from Merts & Riddle Coach and Hearse Company in Ravenna, Ohio. The first page features an Improved No. 9, page 2 features No. 70 and includes a description which reads "This cut represents our medium size Funeral Car. It has finest quality polished French plate glass; hammer cloth on seat, black broad-cloth lambrequin curtains, trimmed with heavy black silk fringe and tassels; large, hand carved wood center urn on top; late style silver-plated inside drop rails, with bouquet holders. Table plates, table rollers, bier pins, hub-caps, hub-bands, seat rail and pole crab, silver-plated; elegant silver lamps; best Collinge axles; best oil-tempered Swede steel springs and best steel tire. Foot rug, pole straps and wrench, " and provides its dimensions. Page 3 advertises Improved No. 132, page 4 No. 136, and page 5 No. 236. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: MSS1606A_B01F15_009 Subjects: Ravenna (Ohio); Carriages & coaches; Ohio Economy--Economy--Business; Funeral industry; Funeral vehicles; Advertisements Places: Ravenna (Ohio); Portage County (Ohio)
Merts & Riddle Coach and Hearse Company advertisementsSave
Description: Dated ca. 1880-1900, these are advertisements for coach and hearse models from Merts & Riddle Coach and Hearse Company in Ravenna, Ohio. The first page features a No. 857 model with text to either side which reads "Builders of Fine Funeral Cars and Funeral Coaches, Broughams, Landaus, Palace Pall Bearers' Coaches, Berlin Coaches and Coupes." The text below the image reads "New Styles! Handsome Designs! Silver grey funeral cars a specialty; a large Stock of finished work constantly on hand to select from. Also some excellent second-hand Hearses, Landaus, Coaches, Broughams, Coupes, etc. Correspondence solicited." Page 2 advertises model No. 887, a back funeral car, page 3 No. 83, page 4 No. 356, and page 5 No. 479. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: MSS1606A_B01F16_857 Subjects: Ravenna (Ohio); Carriages & coaches; Ohio Economy--Economy--Business; Funeral industry; Funeral vehicles; Advertisements Places: Ravenna (Ohio); Portage County (Ohio)
Description: Taken in the 1910s, this photograph shows a series of billboard advertisements managed by The Columbus Bill Posting Company in Columbus, Ohio. The billboard on the left advertises a performance by the Al. G. Minstrels at Hartman Theatre. The billboard on the left is divided into two panels, with the left panel promoting electricity in Columbus homes with the caption "Electricity in the Home; Just press the button, easy, quick, clean; Now on, see demonstration of everything electrical, 104 North Third Street." The right panel advertises Garland Furnaces sold at Geo. Snyder & Son. This photograph is part of the Columbus Railway, Power, and Light Company collection, consisting of 53 glass plate negatives with images related to the Columbus Railway, Power and Light Company in Columbus, Ohio. In the mid to late nineteenth century, there were many power and streetcar companies in Columbus, Ohio. These companies eventually merged into four main companies, and by 1914 all the remaining companies merged to form the Columbus Railway, Power and Light Company. In 1933, with 1,509 employees, the company was the largest employer in Columbus, Ohio. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AV118_B01F37 Subjects: Columbus (Ohio); Electric utilities; Advertisements; Theater--Ohio; Arts and entertainment Places: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)
Description: This is an oversize advertisement for a play titled 'Two Nights in a Barroom' (1858), a prohibitionist play by William W. Pratt based on a story by T. S. Arthur. The play tells the story of Joe Morgan, the village drunkard, who is encouraged to drink by Simon Slade, the owner of the Sickle and Sheaf bar. Even Morgan's daughter, Mary, can not stop Morgan from visiting the bar. In a barroom brawl Mary is accidentally struck by a glass thrown at her father, and the shock helps Morgan reform. Although the play was was not popular in major cities, it was second only to Uncle Tom's Cabin on rural circuits. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: OVS7448_1 Subjects: Theaters; Advertisements; Prohibition; Alcohol; Temperance--United States
Description: This color poster advertises a 1946 film based on author Zane Grey's novel "Sunset Pass." The poster's dominant image, an illustration, portrays a fistfight between two men wearing Western clothes. In the background a woman wearing a hat is watching the fight. At the bottom right corner is the figure of a cowboy holding a six-shooter. The poster lists the film's major credits: actors, director, producer, screenwriter, and Grey's novel. The movie stars an actor named James Warren. The poster is exhibited at the National Road and Zane Grey Museum, Norwich, Ohio.
The novel "Sunset Pass" was serialized in 1928 and first published as a complete work in 1931. Three motion pictures dating from 1929, 1933, and 1946 were made based on the novel.
Zane Grey (1872-1939) was a popular and widely read novelist of the American West. Grey was born in Zanesville, Ohio, on January 31, 1872. As a teenager, Grey was an excellent baseball player. He won a baseball scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied to become a dentist. After beginning his dental practice in New York, Grey realized that he was not happy. He decided to leave dentistry behind and become a writer.
Grey's first novel, "Betty Zane," drew inspiration from the stories he had heard about frontier Ohio when he was growing up. He wrote "Betty Zane" in 1904 but was not able to find a publisher at first. Refusing to give up, Grey traveled west and continued writing. In 1910, he had his first success when "Harper's Magazine" published "The Heritage of the Desert." Two years later, "Harper's" published "Riders of the Purple Sage," one of his best-known works.
Grey married Lina Elise Roth in 1905. The couple had three children, Romer, Betty, and Loren. After publication of "The Heritage of the Desert," the family moved to Altadena, California. Grey also had a hunting lodge in Arizona. Each year, Grey spent time traveling in the west and fishing in the Pacific. He then would return home and spend time writing.
Grey died unexpectedly of a heart attack on October 23, 1939. By the time of his death, he had written almost ninety books. Most of his books were Westerns, but he also wrote nine books that had a fishing theme. Grey also published many short stories, a biography of George Washington as a young man, and several stories for children. Some of Grey's other popular Western novels included "Spirit of the Border," "Desert Gold," "The Last Trail," "The Call of the Canyon," and "The Thundering Herd." View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL05844 Subjects: Cultural Ohio--Literary Ohio; Motion pictures; Posters; Grey, Zane, 1872-1939; Western films; Advertisements
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