Sunday, October 30, 2011

Fay & Cox - engravers and Grand Central Station

Augustus Fay and Stephen Cox were the firm partners. I was not able to find out much about the pair. Jay Last's The Color Explosion lists the firm operating from 1871-1872 and making calendars and book illustrations. One engraving was that of Grand Central Station.



Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Livery

Livery stables were essential businesses in towns prior the combustion engine. They were places to rent a horse or board one. They offered delivery services for customers. A lot of livery owners got involved in the undertaking business as they traditionally moved the caskets. The livery was also a source of hay, grain, coal and wood. The stable attracted men and usually was the scene of nightlife which included gambling, animal fighting and other vices. Add to that the smell and varmin the stable attracted, and while an essential business, the stable wasn’t always welcome in certain parts of town.