Business Interiors, 19th Century, Rockford, Illinois

Title

Business Interiors, 19th Century, Rockford, Illinois

Description

A collection of photographs depicting business interiors within the Rockford, Illinois area in the nineteenth century. The majority of the scenes range between 1890-1899.

Contributor

1852-1899

Collection Items

Bank Teller Cages.
Several male employees are pictured standing in an interior aisle of an unidentified bank next to teller cages.

Bank Interior.
Several male bank employees are pictured inside an unidentified bank.

Grocery Store.
Three men are pictured inside an unidentified grocery store.

Blacksmith Shop.
Interior of a blacksmith shop located on Kilburn Avenue. Calvin M. Messinger (1852-1926) is holding the wheel in the center.

Sitting Room/Waiting Room.
This could be a sitting room, parlor, or perhaps a business waiting room area.

Frank Sturtevant at the Rockford Post Office.
A photograph depicting several men inside Rockford's post office. It is not indicated which one is Frank Sturtevant.

Interior of Burr Brothers' Cash Grocers - Bakery Fresh Daily.
This photograph shows the store's extensive bakery department, displaying cakes, rolls, breads, pastries, and more.

Interior of Burr Brothers' Cash Grocers - Employees in Sampling Booths.
Three female employees in booths offer customers samples of Pillsbury and Armour products.

Interior of Burr Brothers' Cash Grocers - Packed Shelves.
This photograph depicts shelves filled with canned goods and ladders to reach the highest items. Scales are spread out on the counter top in front.

Interior of Burr Brothers' Cash Grocers - Crackers and Cookies.
A head-on view of the store's large display of crackers, cookies, and biscuits. Notice the "Fresh Oysters" in the left background.

Interior of Burr Brothers' Cash Grocers - Meat Department.
This photograph shows hams hanging on the back wall. For a similar depiction, see photo 2015.49.5.

Burr Brothers' Cash Grocers - Delivery Wagon.
A horse-drawn Burr Brothers' Bakery delivery wagon (No. 13) waits outside the store. Burr Brothers maintained a fleet of 20 wagons to keep up with busy delivery schedules.

Interior of Burr Brothers' Cash Grocers - Coffee and Tea.
Many varieties of coffee and tea are displayed in this photograph with scales on top for weighing and mixing blends.

Interior of Burr Brothers' Cash Grocers - Fruit and Baked Goods.
This photograph shows fresh fruit in baskets as well as bread and cakes. Note the ornate cashier's cage to the right.

Interior of Burr Brothers' Cash Grocers - Bakery Cases.
A view depicting the store's glass bakery cases with shelves behind displaying "fresh fish today" and "spring chickens."

Interior of Burr Brothers' Cash Grocers - Sampling Booth.
This photograph displays a sampling booth located next to the coffee bean department to the right.

Interior of Burr Brothers' Cash Grocers - Near Front Entrance.
A photograph showing what customers saw upon entering Burr Brothers' grocery store: a high-ceilinged room lined by counters and shelves with a ladder for employees to reach items on the highest levels.

Interior of Burr Brothers' Cash Grocers - Business Office Entrance.
This view shows the outside of the business office area on the mezzanine level, including the bookkeeper and cashier cages. The names on the door indicate the other two brothers who, along with G. D. Burr, started the business in 1894. W. J. Burr is…

Interior of Burr Brothers' Cash Grocers - Business Office.
A depiction of a business office on the store's mezzanine level showing several desks and work stations.

Interior of Burr Brothers' Cash Grocers - Candy Counter.
This photograph shows the Burr Brothers' candy counter.

Interior of Burr Brothers' Cash Grocers - Shelves and Counters.
A photograph displaying the extensive shelves and counters lining Burr Brothers' grocery store. A coffee grinder is pinpointed in this photo.

Interior of Burr Brothers' Cash Grocers - Counters.
This view depicts counters and glass cases filled with cookies and crackers.

Burr Brothers' Cash Grocers - Exterior View.
Wintry view of the outside of Burr Brothers' grocery store on S. Main Street.

Interior of Burr Brothers' Cash Grocers - Office Area.
This photograph shows the office area on the Burr Brothers' mezzanine level. G. D. Burr is one of three brothers who started this family business.

Interior of Burr Brothers' Cash Grocers - Office.
This view displays an office on the store's mezzanine level. A desk dominates the middle of the room; notice the marble fireplace on the left.

Interior of Burr Brothers' Cash Grocers - Delicatessen Area.
A depiction of the delicatessen area in the Burr Brothers' grocery store, which displays meats and cheeses.

Interior of Burr Brothers' Cash Grocers - Candy.
A photograph of the candy counter in the Burr Brothers' grocery store featuring many confections including hand-dipped chocolates.

Interior of Burr Brothers' Cash Grocers - Long View.
This photograph, a view of the main floor from the mezzanine, shows the vast array of counters and displays in the Burr Brothers' store.

Interior of Burr Brothers' Cash Grocers - Tobacco.
A depiction of the tobacco corner within the Burr Brothers' grocery store. Cigar boxes fill the glass display cases.

Interior of Burr Brothers' Cash Grocers - Fruits and Nuts.
This photograph displays grocery counters filled with fruits and nuts. Note the steam heat radiator to the left.

Interior of Burr Brothers' Cash Grocers - Main Floor.
Burr Brothers' Grocers opened on N. Church St. in 1894, growing to have seven branches and mammoth trade. One of the largest and most beautiful stores in the Midwest, Burr Brothers sold rare delicacies such as imported nuts and fruits as well as…
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