Dallas Steam Coffee & Spice Mills — 1880s


by Paula Bosse

It’s 1880-something. You’re in Dallas. You need a pound of coffee. Some ground mustard seed. Maybe some “Texas Bleaching Blue.” Where, oh where, do you turn?


Messrs. Babcock, Foot & Brown will be happy to supply you with everything you need. And that five-horsepower engine? Top-of-the-line!


Ad from The Immigrant’s Guide to Texas, 1889. Click for larger image.

Description of the business from The Historical and Descriptive Review of the Industries of Dallas, 1884-85.


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