Each week Albany Herald researcher Mary Braswell looks for interesting events, places and people from the past. You can contact her at (229) 888-9371 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A gander through the November 1908 Albany Herald papers turned up some interesting advertisements. Here's a look.
* Bacon's Garage at 240 Pine Avenue sold Gulf Refining Company's oils, kerosene and gasoline. Also available was a fresh stock of Columbia dry batteries.
* Albany Foundry & Machine Works at the foot of Third Avenue specialized in cotton gin repairs.
* S.B. Brown Co. offered a 25 percent discount on boys' suits and trousers for cash purchases.
* For the largest stock of buggies in Southwest Georgia, Albany Buggy Company was the place to shop. Prices ranged from $50 to $175. In additional to the extensive stock of vehicles, Albany Buggy Company has a selection of blankets for "ladies who drive."
* Coca-Cola advertised its drink as one great for a winter day. "In cold weather it gives the body a mild stimulation that sends warm blood throbbing through the veins and arteries."
* Just around the corner from the train depot was Albany's new hotel. The St. Nicholas Hotel featured a brick structure with elegantly furnished rooms. Each room had hot and cold water and steam heat. Rooms were also available with private baths. The hotel also featured electric lights and a sample room that could be viewed before renting.
* Georgia Farm Machinery had in stock the Hoosier grain and fertilizer drill as well as a full line of Syracuse plows, disc plows and harrows.
* Georgia Grocery Co. (phone 73) had these specials: 10 pounds of granulated sugar for $1, six bars of Octagon soap for 25 cents, and a two-pound can of hand-packed tomatoes for eight cents.
* Clarke's Pure Rye was a whiskey aged and bottled by the United States government and "used throughout the civilized world for family and medicinal purposes." The green stamp guaranteed age, strength and purity. The price for 12 full quarts was $12, including delivery.
* For those not partial to rye whiskey, the Swift Creek Distillery in Kentucky would ship 12 full quarts of Georgia corn whiskey for $11 or four full quarts of the finest Kentucky bourbon for $4. Payment was accepted by postal money orders or the New York Exchange.
* H.A. Klein was Albany's official water tapper. Klein guaranteed sanitary plumbing, repair work and prompt. Located at 121 S. Jackson Street, Klein Plumbing also handled steam and hot water heating.
* Bottled right here in Albany, Bludwine was available for five cents at fountains and in bottles. The non-alcoholic drink was billed as "absolutely pure and wholesome and thoroughly beneficial in its life giving properties."
* Max Cassel & Sister had received the latest in winter hats and millinery. Everybody was welcome at 311 Broad Street "whether they buy or not."
* A.F. Churchwell sold it for less with the offer of black overcoats for $10. The regular price was $15.
* Cottolene Lard was one of the products pure food advocates endorsed. "Nature's gift from the sunny south" also had a cookbook available. For just a two cent stamp to coverage postage, the new collection of 300 recipes would be mailed.
* Albany Drug Company had fresh Nunnally's Bon-Bons and chocolates - "Made in Atlanta yesterday and sold in Albany today! "
* Georgia countries were soon to be required to keep record books on convict labor. The Herald Publishing Company has books available designed just for that purpose and printed on-site.
* Need a Christmas gift? Lonsberg's Book and Music House had fountain pens for $2.50 and up.
* R.L. Jones had the following Christmas toys available immediately: hobby horses, wagons, dolls, doll furniture and trunks, building blocks, tea sets, Humpty Dumpty , balls, games, tool chests, blackboard sets, iron, toys, mechanical toys, trains, horns and drums, musical toys, Teddy Bears, children's desks, iron banks, trains and more.
* S. A. & W.T. Freeman had special prices on numerous items of furniture. A solid oak dining table with claw feet and six leather bottom chairs could be purchased for $38.
* Artesian Drug Co. at 242 Broad Street was the sole local agent for the Negro Doll Company of Nashville, Tennessee. Dolls were available in "black, white and all intermediate shades. Buy a doll the color of your child." With prices from 50 cents to $7, there were rag dolls, rubber dolls, jointed dolls,, China dolls, big dolls, little dolls, Bisque dolls and dolls with or without clothing.
* National Biscuit Company has Oysterettes (delicate crackers) available at stores across the city. A moisture-proof package cost five cents.
* The Dollar Store (yes, that was the actual name) in Albany had 60 men's suits for $4.90 each. All other items in the store were priced at $7.50, $10, $12.50 and $15.
* Star Brand Shoe Store had men's Pilgrim Shoes for $3.50. The comfortable and long-lasting style was made in plain calf, kid and box calf.
* Rosenberg Brothers had 1,000 yards of dress material on hand. The regularly 59 to 75-cent per yard fabric was on special for 48 cents per yard.
* Georgia Banking Company paid four percent interest on deposited savings. The banks capital totaled $50,000.
* Cohn Bros., "the best of everything man wears", carried the new Miller hat at the price of $5. Other styles ranged from $3-$4.
* Flint Rock Ginger Ale was available at locations throughout the city. "Matchless in flavor, superior in quality", a bottle of this refreshing drink was only five cents.
* Watt-Sapp Hardware located at 110 Washington Street carried a full line of Cosey Oak heaters. There was no charge for delivery and set up of the heater.
* Clark's Garage on Pine Street was the place to purchase a 1909 Model White Steam Car. The larger Model "M" featured a 40-horsepower steam engine and a seven passenger body for $4,000. The smaller Model "O" was a 20-horsepower vehicle with a five passenger body for only $2,000.