The Atherholt Company Envelope

Jun 10, 2024 | Museum Monday Treasures

Today’s Museum Monday treasure from the Museum of American Glass in WV is a wonderful example of how business stationery can be used as an effective means for advertising. It is an envelope from The Atherholt Company, dealers in wholesale crockery and glassware, from Erie, Pa. postmarked Dec. 20, 1897. The envelope has an image of the “Finest street lamp on earth,” featuring C. T. Ham Manufacturing Company’s No. 9 Improved Globe Street Lamp. As it proudly proclaims, it “Will not smoke or blow out.”

On the verso of the envelope is an image of Ham’s No. 15 Dash Lantern, with Bull’s Eye Globe, the “Best all-around lantern on earth.”

Our collection includes an example of a C. T. Ham lantern, though a different model. It is embossed on the bottom: “C. T. HAM MFG. CO. / No 0 CLIPPER,” and dates to circa 1907. It is 13 ½” high.

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