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Welcome to Vintage 1895 Logos

Most companies strive for simplicity when it comes to their logos. For example, just two letters--GE--stand for General Electric. A single yellow seashell represents the Shell Oil Company. A hundred years ago, the opposite was true. Remarkably intricate illustrations were commonplace on company invoices, letterheads and checks, regardless of the type of business. This site showcases more than 85 images that illustrate the point. The logos shown here all relate to a business created more than a century ago by my great-grandfather, Josiah Allshouse.

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Josiah and Catharine Allshouse

Josiah Allshouse (May 24, 1850 - May 19, 1911)

Catharine Elizabeth Beck (Oct. 1, 1855 - Mar. 19, 1933)

 

My great-grandparents were born and lived in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Both were descendants of German families who came to America before the Revolutionary War. Josiah Allshouse built a hardware store on Pennsylvania Avenue in Greensburg, PA, and went into business with his brother-in-law, Michael Mathias Beck, in 1893. Eventually, Josiah operated a quarry and became a successful contractor. The logos that follow came from 1895-96 receipts and checks associated with the operation of Allshouse, Beck & Company, specialists in farming implements, carriages, fertilizers and general hardware.

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Nina Allshouse and Robert Ramsay

Nina Mariah Allshouse (Feb 20 1888 - July 24, 1967)

Robert Alexander Ramsay (Sept. 16, 1884 - June 29, 1970)

 

My grandmother, Nina, was one of the eight children of Josiah and Catharine. The family lived in a Victorian home at 443 West Pittsburgh Street in Greensburg. After Nina and Robert married, the home became theirs. They had five children, one of which was my aunt, Marjorie (below). Many years later, I also lived in the house and was raised by my grandparents. This project is dedicated to my "Auntie M" because she has dutifully watched over our family's historical documents and has generously shared them with me.

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Marjorie Ramsay Laing

Marjorie Ann Ramsay Carson Laing

Greensburg High School senior portrait

 

Although all of the subsequent images have been enhanced in some way, I have tried not to alter the original documents any more than was necessary to display them clearly. The sources of some of the checks are unclear and the titles of these documents are indicated by brackets. All backgrounds, lace dividers and other images are my own creations.

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Martin Carriage Works

Martin Carriage Works

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Martin Carriage Works2

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Martin Carriage Works3

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Martin Carriage Works4

Standard Manufacturing

Standard Manufacturing

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Standard Manufacturing2

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Standard Manufacturing3

The Piqua Wagon Company

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Piqua

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New York Powder Company

NY Powder

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NY Powder2

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NY Powder3

Bissell Chilled Plow Works

Bissell

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John Shoemaker

John Shoemaker3

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John Shoemaker

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John Shoemaker2

Henry McShane Mfg. Co.

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Henry McShane Mfg

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Henry McShane Mfg3

George N. Pierce & Co.

George N. Pierce

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The Reading Stove Works

The Reading Stove Works

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Bair & Gazzam Co. Ltd.

Bair & Gazzam

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Bickford & Huffman Co.

Bickford & Huffman

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B. Goetz Manufacturing Co.

B. Goetz Manufacturing

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B. Goetz Manufacturing2

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B. Goetz Manufacturing3

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B. Goetz Manufacturing4

F. E. Myers & Bros.

F. E. Myers

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Heeren Bros. & Co.

Heeren Bros

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Heeren Bros2

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Heyl & Patterson

Heyl & Patternson

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R.A. Kelly Co.

R.A. Kelly

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Keystone Farm Machine Works

Keystone Farm Machine Works

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Keystone Farm Machine Works2

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Keystone Farm Machine Works3

William T. Leggett

William T. Leggett

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William T. Leggett2

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William T. Leggett3

McClure & Company

McClure & Company

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McClure & Company2

The Spicer Manufacturing Co.

Spicer Manufacturing

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Spicer Manufacturing2

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Spicer Manufacturing3

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Spicer Manufacturing4

J.E. Hawkey & Bro.

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J.E. Hawkey

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Allshouse and Beck

Josiah Allshouse & M.M. Beck

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Grossman

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Charles J. Mason

Charles J. Mason

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The Kelly & Jones Company

Kelly & Jones

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Kelly & Jones2

[Deer]

Deer

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[Eagle]

Eagle

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Red Star Oil Co.

Red Star Oil

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[Hunter]

Hunter

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[Ship]

Ship

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Ship

[Blacksmith]

Smithy

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Smithy2

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In keeping with my German ancestry, I chose Beethoven's Fur Elise for your listening pleasure. The piece is a favorite of my husband, Mark, and one that is played beautifully by our daughter, Heather.

 

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