Travel back in time: W.E. Long & Sons, and Jacobs & Ulery

When I spotted this envelope in an antique mall, I knew I had to turn it into a notecard. I posted on Instagram: "Before & After. My mom loves chickens, that's why I liked this envelope. Also cause I'm a #Philly girl!"

No street address necessary! Isn't that something?

When one of my dear friends Jared saw it, he asked " Is that addressed to Mt. Clinton, VA?" Well, not only did the envelope come from Mt. Clinton... there was a letter inside.

 

 

The letter and receipt were mailed from Jacobs & Ulery, a food broker in Philadelphia, PA, and sent to W.E. Long, who ran the Mt. Clinton branch of the S. Long & Sons general store. The store name was later changed to W.E. Long & Sons. According to this receipt, Jacobs & Ulery sold eggs and chickens on behalf of Mr. Long, but there seemed to be a slight problem.

"Dear Sir

Enclosed find [a/c] sales & check, The 11 doz duck eggs were nearly all bad what was not spotted or rotten were cracked be a little careful in taking duck eggs now (I didn't find much punctuation in this letter, btw) Eggs today 16@ Fowls 12 1/2 to 13C Springers 18 to 22 Hoping to hear from you soon again

We remain

Yours Resp

Jacobs & Ulery"

The general store was able to stay open for business through World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II. It was finally torn down in 1995 -- what a great run!

I really enjoyed finding and holding the envelope and its contents, but it was also satisfying to find out a bit of the history behind the ephemera. Thanks for your question, Jared!