Month: October 2013

Benjamin Payn

Whoever designed this wonderful ad for Benjamin Payn was obviously quite delighted with his artistry. And it was quite the blend of products that Mr. Payn sold from his location at 7 Broadway. He manufactured tobacco, snuff, and cigars, as well as chocolate and prepared cocoa. In addition, he sold pipes, matches, mustard, plug tobacco, …

Amsdell Brothers Brewery

Back when Albany Ale was king, Amsdell Brothers were a major brewer and distributor. Their brewery stretched from 135 to 145 Jay Street, in a time when hyphenating addresses was apparently not in vogue. “The Empire State: Its Industries and Wealth” explains that: “An opinion once prevailed among certain classes of the community, that first-class …