Need to mend a broken heart? We have the glue for you!

Cupid’s Glue Trade Card, c.1910

This vintage trade card for the Dan Cupid Company was found in the Society’s archives in the Blanche Proctor and Leona Proctor Cail Collection

The interior of the Cupid’s Glue card includes a drawing of a couple and the following text: “If only you were stuck on me as I am stuck on you. Then we might always live without a need of “Cupid’s Glue.”

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Kathleen Fahey, Executive Director

Cupid’s Glue Trade Card, c.1910.

White Lily Lotion

Cold weather causing dry skin? Try Hayden’s White Lily Lotion, manufactured right here in Bedford at the New York Pharmaceutical Company, located at the Bedford Springs.

The New York Pharmaceutical Company’s Souvenir Hand-Book for 1893 notes that the White Lily Lotion may be used not only as a moisturizer for dry skin, it is also a “soothing and healing” eye lotion, face wash, and head wash. It also claims to relieve a variety of ailments including nasal catarrh (mucus) and dandruff. For the brave, it can also “be taken into the stomach without harm.”

It’s too bad that Mr. Hayden is no longer harvesting the white lilies for his lotion from Fawn Lake, the lilies have become an invasive species and have drawn the attention of the Bedford Conservation Commission.

The Bedford Historical Society is proud to have an excellent collection related to the New York Pharmaceutical Company, Dr. William R. Hayden, and Bedford Springs including archives, photos, and even medicine bottles. Check out our online collection here: https://bedfordmahistory.pastperfectonline.com/search. Try typing “Hayden” into the keyword search to see more of this collection.

Kathleen Fahey, Executive Director

History Mystery: The Boston Electric Spinning Company

A recent research inquiry about the Boston Electric Spinning Company led us to a History Mystery here at the Bedford Historical Society. This company was located in Bedford, Mass. on Loomis Street near the former train station and is visible on a 1906 map from our collection (above). What was the Boston Electric Spinning Company and what did they produce?

Research in our collection brought us to a 1909 Bedford guidebook published by the Edison Electric Company. An enigmatic entry in the guidebook notes that “already here are the large factory buildings of the Boston Electric Spindle [sic] Company, in which experimental work is now underway with rather a small present force, and another factory in which experiments are being conducted also.” The 1909 guidebook also published the image seen below.

Of course, we wanted to know what type of “experiments” were being conducted so we had to reach outside our collection for more information. The Boston Electric Spinning Company is mentioned in the Jan. 28, 1904 issue of the “American Machinist: A Practical Journal of Machine Construction” which has been digitized and available on the internet. According to this journal, the Boston Electric Spinning Company “is issuing a catalog devoted to a new electric spinning machine which it is putting on the market . . . there is included in the book a pictorial history of the evolution of cotton from the plant to the finished yarn.” Mystery solved – they produced electric spinning machines for textile production!

Its unclear how long Boston Electric Spinning Company was located in Bedford but a 1916 map shows that it has been replaced by Bedford Safety Razor and The Bedford Lumber Company. Do you have a history mystery that needs solving? Send your research inquires to Kathleen Fahey, Executive Director of the Bedford Historical Society, at info@bedfordmahistory.org.

Kathleen Fahey, Executive Director