Guide to the Henry Lang Post cards 1876-1882 MG 1552
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Inventory prepared by Erin Coffey.
Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. May 2005. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.
Henry Lang was born on February 7, 1828 in Bar Head, Scotland. He came to America with his parents at the age of four. Lang moved to Newark when he was 15 years old and began working in the leather industry. From 1847 to 1870, Lang was manager of several different leather factories in Newark as well as Maine. In 1870 Lang decided to go into business for himself. Lang’s Newark factory focused on manufacturing leather for trunks and bags and in 1876 the factory expanded into the manufacturing of leather for carriages, shoes, and harnesses. The Henry Lang Company was incorporated in 1892 and it occupied two acres of land between 17th Street, Boyd Street, and Lillie Street. Lang was elected to the Newark Common Council in 1876 and was elected mayor of Newark in 1882. Lang served as mayor for two years.
The collection contains 19 postcards that are all addressed to Henry Lang. The majority of postcards are from customers who are writing to place an order or to ask when their order will be shipped. There are also postcards from customers who want to change their order or need clarification on the price. The collection also contains two postcards from Douredoure Brothers of Philadelphia inquiring if Lang wishes to purchase cattle or hides from their company.
Annual Message of Hon. Henry Lang. January 3, 1882. New Jersey Pamphlets, Vol. 79,
Newark: A Brief History of the City from Foundation to the Present Time.
Shaw, William H. History of Essex and Hudson Counties, New Jersey. Vol. I:
Vertical File: Biography — Henry Lang.
This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1552, Henry Lang Postcards, The New Jersey Historical Society.
This collection was donated by Sheila Fischgrund in 2002.