Dorothy Keith Hats & Dresses
2 pg Advertising Paper Doll
Edson Keith Catalog Co.
Our first Edson Keith Co. paper doll has been very well received, https://papergoodies.com/scripts/prodview.asp?idProduct=1852
I was thrilled to find two more advertising pages at the 2015 paper doll convention.
Here are two pages, featuring Dorothy Keith with her hats and dresses.
1. Dorothy Keith Has a Party
2. Dorothy Keith at the Sea Shore
Each is 8.5" x 11", laser printed on archival 80# cardstock, and stored in a crystal clear seal-top bag.
This is historical copy I found and put on the paper doll for your information:
From the Chicago Historical Society:
In 1858, Osborn R. Keith and Albert E. Faxon founded Keith & Faxon, a wholesale millinery business located on Lake Street. Sales during the first year reached nearly $75,000. In 1860, when Edson Keith became a partner, the firm became Keith, Faxon & Co. When Faxon retired in 1865, and Elbridge G. Keith joined, the company became Keith Bros. After the 1871 fire, the company moved to the southeast corner of Wabash Avenue and Monroe Street. In 1884, when annual sales stood at about $4.5 million, Keith Bros. became Edson Keith & Co. By this time, the company was a leading Midwestern dry-goods wholesaler, employing about 200 people at its Chicago headquarters, nearly 500 more at a factory in Milwaukee, and about 40 traveling salesmen. In 1896, the company's entire drygoods stock was purchased by Ehrich Bros. of New York. The Edson Keith Mercantile Co. moved its headquarters to nearby Michigan Avenue in 1899, where it continued in business through the 1920s.
From a Keith Brothers' Advertisement, 1871:
In 1871, for most of Chicago's male elites, going to work meant going downtown to their stores and offices. In the months following the October fire, however, business-men moved operations to wherever they could find intact buildings. For many residents of Prairie Avenue, who were untouched by the fire, that meant their homes. Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co. sold hardware from the Hibbard home; John G. Shortall brought all of his real-estate abstracts to this home. As this notice reveals, the Keith Brothers operated their millinery business from their homes on Prairie Avenue.
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