Special Collections Department
1893 - 1949
(bulk dates 1919 - 1927)
Manuscript Collection Number: 480
Accessioned: Gift of Milt Chaski, Jr. 2003 and purchase, 2004
Extent: 3 linear ft.
Content: Receipts, invoices, correspondence, bills of lading, pictures, manuals, catalogs, and certificates.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: September/October 2003 by Theresa Hessey, revised April 2004
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
The collection consists primarily of materials related to three prominent businesses that were active in Georgetown, Delaware, at the turn of and into the mid-twentieth century. J.W. Blizzard operated a general store located at the corner of Rose and Prince Streets in Georgetown, as well as an additional business called The Foot Store. Included in the collection are invoices, receipts, and correspondence from the many distributors whose goods were sold by Blizzard. The firm of Layton & Layton, established by L. Lee Layton, Jr., furnished supplies for J.W. Blizzard. As a wholesale distributor, Layton & Layton not only provided goods for other local businesses such as J.W. Blizzard but for numerous Sussex County residents as well. Also included in the collection are delivery receipts for the Georgetown Gas Company. Customers consisted largely of individual residents rather than local businesses. The collection also contains assorted materials related to individual residents of Sussex County and a small collection of ephemera concerning agriculture, particularly tractor manuals and catalogs.
The Archives of Georgetown, Delaware, Businesses is the gift of Milt Chaski, Jr., who acquired the material in one “odd lot” at an auction sale. Related business miscellany from a later purchase was added to the collection. The collection comprises business records and receipts from three businesses, as well as additional ephemera from Sussex County, allowing a glimpse of regional dry goods transactions, wholesale delivery, and agricultural supplies in the area. As paper Americana, the collection yields many examples of interesting letterhead and receipts. Spanning the years 1893-1949 with the bulk of the material dating from 1919-1927, the collection is divided into three series related to businesses and two series of miscellany.
The first series consists of materials related to J.W. Blizzard’s Georgetown business including invoices, receipts, bills of lading, and correspondence. Blizzard acquired his goods from companies across the country, especially from Baltimore and Philadelphia, including Lippincott and Company and the Howard Manufacturing Company. Blizzard had many transactions with distributor Layton & Layton.
The second series includes materials related to the wholesale distributor, Layton & Layton, another Georgetown supplier. Layton & Layton had dealings with some of the most prominent suppliers in the country, such as Postum Cereal Company, McCormick and Company (spices), Sherwin-Williams Company (paints), and the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (tobacco products).
The third series in the collection contains receipts generated by the Georgetown Gas Company. These include carbon copies for gas deliveries made to residences. The collection also contains a fourth series of material related to Sussex County, Delaware. Included are bills of lading for deliveries made to Sussex County by the Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington Railroad, materials related to stock purchases by Susan Ennes, legal documents regarding the estate of James H. Warren, and items belonging to Linda Lank of Lewes. The final series of the collection consists of ephemera concerning agriculture. Included in this series are pictures and manuals and catalogs related to various makes and models of tractors.
Related Collections: L. Lee Layton, Jr., Papers (see Manuscripts Librarian)
I. J.W. Blizzard II. Layton & Layton III. Georgetown Gas Company IV. Miscellaneous Sussex County, Delaware documents V. Agricultural Ephemera
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Series I. J.W. Blizzard 1 F1 A.B. Cunningham, 1904-1921 Philadelphia distributor of tobacco products F2 A.G. Walton, 1919-1926 Shoemaker based in Boston F3 American Wholesale Corporation, 1919-1927, n.d. Baltimore manufacturer of clothing, shirts, overalls, cloaks, and suits and wholesaler of general merchandise F4 Argee Hair Net Company, 1925 New York manufacturer and importer of hair nets F5 Atlantic Refining Company, 1904-1949, n.d. Located in Wilmington F6 Automotive Equipment Company, Inc., 1925 Newark, New Jersey manufacturers of wireless equipment F7 Baltimore Bargain House, 1913-1919 Wholesaler of general merchandise and manufacturer of clothing located in Baltimore F8 Bell, Walt, and Company, 1919-1927 Philadelphia manufacturer of wholesale boots, shoes, and rubbers F9 Booker, Scott, and Moore Company, 1904-1926, n.d. Manufacturers and dealers in confectionary and grocers specialties located in Wilmington F10 Brown and Williamson Tobacco Company, 1926-1927 Located in Georgetown, Delaware F11 Butler Brothers, 1902-1922 New York wholesalers of general merchandise F12 Butler Brothers, 1923-1927, n.d. F13 Carter, Webster, and Company, 1904-1921 Baltimore company specializing in hosiery, underwear, gloves, white goods, and notions F14 Carter, Webster, and Company, 1922-1927 F15 Claflin, Thayer, and Company, 1902-1904, n.d. New York distributor of boots and shoes F16 Daniel Miller and Company, 1904-1927 Baltimore company specializing in dry goods, notions, millinery, garments, draperies, and floor coverings F17 Delaware Power and Light, 1947-1949 F18 Diamond State Roller Mills, 1906-1919 Roller flour processing company located in Milton, Delaware F19 Diamond State Roller Mills, 1921-1923 F20 Diamond State Roller Mills, 1925-1928 F21 Dixon-Bartlett Company, 1919-1926 Baltimore company specializing in shoes F22 Endicott Johnson Company, 1919-1925, n.d. Leather and leather shoe company located in Endicott, New York F23 English American Tailoring Corporation Ltd., 1922-1923 Tailoring company based in Baltimore F24 Everwear Hosiery, 1922-1923 Milwaukee distributor of hosiery F25 F.A. Davis and Sons, 1919-1927 Tobacco, cigarettes, and snuff distributor located in Baltimore 1 F26 Frank and Sons, 1921-1925 Philadelphia distributor of cloth hats and caps F27 Frank China Company, 1927 Salisbury, North Carolina, based china company F28 Garrett, Miller, and Company, 1925 Distributor of electrical supplies and construction materials located in Wilmington F29 George E. Kennerly and Company, 1927 Confectionery located in Salisbury, Maryland F30 Georgetown Lumber Company, 1935-1940 Georgetown based lumber company F31 Gilbert Brothers and Company, 1906-1923 Wholesale druggists located in Baltimore F32 Goodyear Rubber Company, 1925 Philadelphia rubber company F33 Greenfield Glove Manufacturing Company, 1926-1927 Greenfield, Ohio company specializing in gloves and mittens F34 H.O. Wilbur and Sons, Inc., 1925-1927 Philadelphia confectionery F35 Howard Manufacturing Company, 1923 Baltimore manufacturer of men’s and boy’s pants F36 Hudsons Bakery, 1919-1923 Georgetown based bakery F37 Hudsons Bakery, 1925-1927 F38 J.H. McCullough and Son, 1925 Automotive equipment, radio sets and parts company located in Philadelphia F39 J.L. Taylor and Company, 1925 New York merchant tailoring for merchants F40 Joseph M. Zamoiski Company, 1925 Wholesale distributors radio equipment and supplies located in Baltimore F41 Kern, Lauderbach, and Company, 1902-1906 Philadelphia company specializing in boots, shoes, and rubbers F42 Laing, Harrar, and Chamberlain, 1921-1923 Shoe company located in Philadelphia F43 Lambertville Rubber Company, 1921-1925 Lambertville, New Jersey based rubber company F44 Layton & Ayers, 1923-1927, n.d. Flour manufacturers of Georgetown, Delaware F45 Layton & Layton , 1902-1904 Georgetown wholesale distributors F46 Layton & Layton, 1906-1917 2 F47 Layton & Layton, 1919 F48 Layton & Layton, 1921 F49 Layton & Layton, 1922 F50 Layton & Layton, 1923 F51 Layton & Layton, 1925 F52 Layton & Layton, 1926 F53 Layton & Layton, 1927 F54 Levering Coffee Company, 1919-1927 Baltimore coffee distributor F55 Lippincott and Company, 1902-1906 Wholesale grocers and tea dealers of Philadelphia F56 Max Miller and Sons, Inc., 1922-1925 Baltimore company specializing in shirts, pants, and overalls F57 Menzies Shoe Company, 1921-1923 Fond Du Luc, Wisconsin shoe company F58 Mexican American Hat Company, 1925-1926 Hat company based in St. Louis F59 Miltonian Company, 1914 Milton, Delaware based manufacturer of shirts, overalls, and notions F60 Miscellaneous Receipts and Invoices, 1902-1948, n.d. F61 Music Master Corporation, 1925 Philadelphia based music company F62 National Biscuit Company, 1919-1927, n.d. Wilmington based company that later moved to Salisbury, Maryland F63 Otto Eisenlohr and Brothers, 1923-1925 Philadelphia cigar manufacturer F64 P.W. Minor and Son, Inc., 1925-1926 Women’s shoe distributor located in Batavia, New York F65 Rouse, Hempstone, and Company, 1922-1925 Baltimore company specializing in hosiery, gloves, underwear, and shirts F66 Rummel, Himes, and Company, 1906-1927 Menswear company located in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania F67 Scholl Manufacturing Company, Inc., 1919-1925 Foot specialties company of New York F68 Scotch Woolen Mills, 1925 Chicago based distributor of woolen goods F69 Sterling Company, 1925 Chicago dress company F70 Steven Strong Shoe Company, 1925-1926, n.d. Shoe company located in Milwaukee F71 Trenton Shirt Manufacturing Company, 1925-1927 Trenton based manufacturer of shirts F72 Union Candy Company, 1919-1922 Candy supplier located in Baltimore F73 Union Oil Corporation, 1925-1926 Georgetown oil distributor F74 Union Republican, 1925-1927 Georgetown company specializing in book and commercial printing F75 Walls and Brothers, 1902-1904 Proprietors of Georgetown Roller Mills, manufacturers of flour, meal, and bran 2 F76 Whittemore Brothers Corporation, 1921-1924 Cambridge company dealing in shoe polishes and dressings F77 W.L. Douglas Shoe Company, 1919-1926 Shoe company located in Brockton, Massachusetts F78 W.O. Covey, 1926-1927 Seaford distributor of Easton’s mayonnaise, Kraft’s cheese, as well as other goods Series II. Layton & Layton F79 A.B. Griffing and Son, 1909-1915 Linesville, Pennsylvania company that distributed cream cheese, eggs, and butter F80 Bawo and Dotter, 1896-1908 Company specializing in china and crockery based in New York F81 Berry Brothers Limited, 1895-1906 Varnish and Japan manufacturers located in Philadelphia F82 Boorum and Pease Company, 1902-1908 New York based manufacturers of standard blank books F83 Bosman and Lohman Company, 1902-1908 Supplier of peanuts and peanut butter based in Norfolk F84 Clawson Company, 1909-1915 Philadelphia supplier of spices, seeds, and herbs F85 D.I. Bushnell and Company, 1906-1909 Seed company based in St. Louis F86 Frank Burns, 1910-1917 Philadelphia steam biscuit bakery F87 George Blome and Son Company, 1909-1910 Baltimore confectionery F88 George W. Helme Company, 1911-1914 Tobacco distributor based in New York F89 J. Bolgiano and Son, 1906-1911 Wholesale seed grower and seedsmen located in Baltimore F90 J. Frank Shull and Company, 1898-1907 Philadelphia based wholesale grocers and tea dealers F91 John J. Buffington and Company, 1906-1912 Wholesale seed merchants located in Baltimore F92 Kenton Baking Powder Company, 1914-1916 Cincinnati based baking powder company F93 Liggett and Myers Tobacco Company, 1915-1916 St. Louis distributor of tobacco 3 F94 McCormick and Company, 1916 Baltimore based importers, exporters, and grinders of drugs, teas, and spices F95 Miscellaneous Receipts and Invoices, 1899-1921 F96 Parke, Davis, and Company, 1896-1906 New York supplier of various chemicals F97 Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company, 1907 Glass company based in Baltimore F98 Postum Cereal Company, Ltd., 1909-1913 Located in Battle Creek, Michigan F99 R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, 1916 Winston-Salem, North Carolina, tobacco company F100 Sherwin-Williams Company, 1893-1905 Paint and colors distributor based in New York F101 S.H. Levin’s Sons, 1915-1916 Philadelphia distributor of salt fish F102 Soda Mint Gum Company, 1904-1905 Gum company based in Pittsburgh F103 Spool Cotton Company, 1907-1909 Cotton company located in New York F104 Standard Mineral Water Company, 1893-1904 Philadelphia based mineral water company F105 Steuart, Knatz, and Company, 1905-1908 Distributors of New Orleans molasses and sugars located Baltimore F106 Strater Brothers Tobacco Company, 1898-1909 Louisville based tobacco distributor Series III. Georgetown Gas Company F107 Georgetown Gas Company, January 1924 F108 Georgetown Gas Company, April 1924 (I) F109 Georgetown Gas Company, April 1924 (II) F110 Georgetown Gas Company, May 1924 F111 Georgetown Gas Company, June 1924 F112 Georgetown Gas Company, November 1924 F113 Georgetown Gas Company, December 1924 F114 Georgetown Gas Company, April 1925 Series IV. Miscellaneous Sussex County, Delaware documents F115 Ennes/Ennis/Evans, 1912-1930, n.d. Receipts for the purchase of stock, correspondence F116 Lank, 1933-1943 Miscellaneous receipts for services provided and materials purchased, Maytag certificate F117 Warren Estate, 1929 Legal documents establishing Linda E. Warren as administratrix of the estate of James H. Warren. F118 Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington Railroad, 1907-1914 Bill of lading for items shipped to J. Horace Derrickson of Dagsboro and an additional bill of lading for goods shipped from Georgetown to W.S. Morris of Felton. Series V. Agricultural Ephemera F119 Acme Road Machinery Company Rollers Catalog, 1927 F120 Agricultural Almanac Consists of years 1907, 1930, 1934-1936, 1938, and 1940 F121 Agricultural Pictures Various pictures relating to agricultural work F122 Antique Tractor Serial Number Index, 1900-1965 F123 Carbureter Tune-Up Manual, 1934 F124 Del-Mar-Va-Lous Chicken Recipes, 1949 F125 Dunbar Manufacturing Company, 1961 F126 Ford Dealers’ Equipment Directory, 1927 F127 Fordson Tractor: An Advertising History, 1919-1937 F128 Frick Company Catalog, 1912 F129 Gas Engine Magazine, Vol. 26 No. 12, December 1991 F130 Gasoline Engines, 1884-1934 F131 Gas Power, 1909 F132 Ignition Tune-up Analyzer Manual F133 International Harvester Company Data Book #1, 1900-1940 F134 John I. Brown and Son, Lozenge Advertisements F135 John Deere General Purpose “A”, “B”, “G” Series 3 F136 John Deere General Purpose Models “A”, “B”, “G”, “H” Series F137 John Deere General Purpose Two Cylinder F138 John Deere Instruction Manual F139 John Deere No. 5 Power Mower Directions F140 John Deere Parts Catalog, 1940 F141 John Deere Shop Manual, 1953 F142 John Deere Tractor Plows Directions F143 John Deere Tractors, 1918-1976 F144 John Deere Various Advertisements F145 Management of Marine Gasoline Engines, 1914 F146 Massey-Harris High Arch Tractors F147 Massey-Harris Operating Instructions F148 Massey-Harris Wallis 20-30 Tractor F149 McCormick No. 3 Operator’s Manual F150 Minneapolis-Moline Data Book #2, 1910-1959 F151 Novo Engine Company Operating Instructions, 1927 F152 Oliver Serial Numbers and Years, 1982 F153 Operator’s Manual, Oliver Corporation, 1957 F154 Spencer Magazine Feed Heaters F155 Threshers, 1900-1948 F156 Year of the Tractor, 1919
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