Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

Passing the Block

Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

Passing the Block

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Among the Providence, Rhode Island, tool and hardware dealers in the second quarter of the nineteenth century were Henry Reynolds Green and his son, David C. Green. Henry appears in the 1830 Providence Directory in the partnership of Green & Belcher, Hardware & Cutlery at 11 Broad Street. By 1836, Belcher had been replaced by Henry's son, and the store moved to 25 Weybosset Street. The 1841 directory indicates that David had taken over the business and was running it himself. Perhaps after their partnership of five years, his father was confident in his son's ability to carry on and was content to enjoy retirement. Presumably they remained on good terms, for they shared a residence at 60 Pawtuxet Street. After another five years, Green was on the move, first to 20 Broad Street then to 53 Westminster Street, where lie styled himself an importer of cutlery and general hardware as well as a dealer in carriage lace, patent leather, elliptic springs, axles, and harness trimmings. He also described his business as a "one price tool store," which meant that lie offered no discounts. To promote that part of his business, he had a nice billhead with a wood engraving illustrating a bench plane, an axe head, and a hatchet (Figure 1). The cut was surrounded by a border with type. Rut early in 1849, Green sold the business to Chester Pratt and is not listed in the 1853-4 directory. …

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