Can anyone tell me if this is a watermark or just a manufacturers identification? In either case, the significance of such a mark? I assume the 94 is for 1894, and POD is paid on demand? Thanking in you advance for any information.
The envelope manufacturing industry in Hartford, Connecticut, owes its beginnings to William H. Prescott. The firm of Prescott, Plimpton & Company was founded in 1865 by William H.Prescott and Linus B. Plimpton.
Mr. Prescott was associated with White & Corbin of Rockville, Connecticut. Mr. Plimpton was a dry goods salesman for P.R. Moore in Rockville, Connecticut. The firm began doing businessin the upper lofts of the Howard Building on Asylum Street in Hartford and had been operating a year when Mr. Prescott returned to the firm of White & Corbin in Rockville. Prescott sold his interest in the Hartford venture to Mr. Plimpton.
With the departure of Prescott, Mr. Plimpton began the process of reorganizing the company under the firm name of L.B. Plimpton & Company, later changed to Plimpton Envelope & Paper Company, and still later the company was incorporated as Plimpton Manufacturing Company in 1872.
In 1868, the business moved from the Howard Building to a building on Ford Street. In January 1877, a fire destroyed the Ford Street plant and what was salvaged from the fire was taken to the Batterson Building on Asylum Street. The firm continued to do business there until 1887, when the business, having outgrown this plant, moved to the building at 256 Pearl Street, where it remained until 1921.
They then moved the factory to South Ann Street and the corner of Jewell Street, which was formerly the home of the Hartford Manufacturing Company, where the company made government stamped envelopes for many years.