The Mystery of the Tradecard

In my last post that showed the Victorian Tradecard belonging to Caddy & Co, I made the comment about how would a tradecard from an English engineering company, end up in America as the person I purchased it from was from the United States.

Well, Kylie Chapman is a real super sleuth and she was able to find out that – quoting from Kylie’s email “I have found an old directory (online) for the 1893 Chicago World Fair and yes you guessed it Caddy and Co were exhibitors with their Firebar invention!!!!!  The exhibition was also known as the Columbian Exposition and went for 6 months.  Caddy and Co were in the Machinery Department and I am only guessing but they probably would have handed out some form of tradecard.”

There doesn’t appear to be any Caddy’s listed on any shipping lists, so how they got to the fair, we can’t be sure. We know now that Thomas Edward Caddy still had Caddy & Co in Nottingham up until 1893.

If you search Google Chicago World Fair there are 100s pages all about this world famous trade fair. Wikipedia states that “The World’s ColumbianExposition (the official shortened name for the World’s Fair: Columbian Exposition, also known as The Chicago World’s Fair was a World’s Fair held in Chicago in 1893 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus‘ arrival in the New World in 1492.” Read more here.

When searching in Google, click on images and see all the wonderful displays that were held at this amazing fair.

At least we know that the Caddy firebar became world famous if it was exhibited at the World Fair!


About Jenny MacKay

Just a person who is looking forward to retirement and enjoying the golden years!
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2 Responses to The Mystery of the Tradecard

  1. raymond says:

    the Caddy fire bars gave Britain a distinct advantage over the German Battleships as without the air cooled bars in their boilers they only had 6 weeks at sea before returning to port for a boiler clean and this resulted in a cooling and de,coke which took about 10 days the British ships could stay at sea indefinitely

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