Daily Archives: November 10, 2014

It’s Mayell’s for Rubber!

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HenryMayell.pngHenry Mayell & Son was established sometime in the 1850s, and by 1894 proclaimed itself Albany’s headquarters for rubber goods, located at the corner of State and Broadway, its curved building shown here at Douw’s Corner. Mayell not only sold rubber goods, but had at least one patent “for use in the making of soling for boots and shoes, or for any purchase in which leather protected over its whole surface by india-rubber covering may be needed in arts or manufactures.”

Mayell1891directory.pngAs shown in this ad in 1891, if you wanted rubber boots, shoes, cement, clothing, goods, hose or packing, Henry Mayell and Son was your place. But furniture castors? Apparently beneath him.

Henry Mayell was born in 1824 in New York City. He was living at 161 Hamilton St., in Albany when he died, August 18, 1890 (aged 66 years, 3 months and 6 days) from “fatty degeneration of the heart.” He’s buried in Albany Rural Cemetery.