“Did any one say that the wives and daughters of 5,000 of Albany’s best men are not interested in pianos?” Not just sexist, but oddly specific. But who can blame Frank Thomas for trying anything to off load his remaining stock. Perhaps smoke inhalation led him to see destroying angels and Dame Rumor, but again I offer evidence that ad copy was once very different.
This fire also led to a great piano fire sale, about which more anon.
The Albany Filter was apparently a water-cleansing miracle from the Albany Steam Trap company. A steam trap is generally part of a boiler system, for discharging condensate and noncondensable gases. So how did they move from this piece of heating and plumbing hardware to water filtration? No idea. The point is, they named it for Albany, and were certain that was the best name they could give it.
“There is no excuse for drinking impure water. It is a mere matter of choice. You drink it, or you use an Albany Filter, and you don’t drink it. Which do you prefer?”
Comment is unnecessary. All grocers sell Thepure.
“Backed by Albany capital, pushed with Albany enterprise, and indorsed by twenty thousand Albany house-keepers, it was sent broadcast into the world with the home stamp of hearty approval.”
This marvel of Albaniness was made by the Albany Baking Powder Co. at 17-19 Green Street. Why was it “Thepure”? Because it was free from adulteration, and no alum. There are still collectible trade cards to be found on the internet, and this wonderful old receipt.