Monday, November 5, 2012
William Manson's Business Card
This detailed advertisement comes from the 1869 edition of the Albany city directory (where such ads are referred to as business cards). It shows a variety of marble items offered by William Manson's establishment, including elegant fireplace mantles and a selection of funerary work.
There are quite a few examples of Manson's work in the Rural Cemetery, including the Col. Mills monument, the massive granite marking the Appleton lot, the Fireman's Monument on the North Ridge, the Thomas W. Olcott monument, and the beautiful marble sarcophagus marking the grave of Ellen Hardin (wife of President Chester Arthur).
It's amusing to note that the business card for James Gazeley's Monumental Marble Works just a page or two away in the same 1869 directory features some of the same images as Manson's. They apparently came from a set of ready-made printing dies used by the publisher and were essentially the clip art or stock images of the era.