Today I have another treasure to share with you. It's Frederick Emory Webster's business card. This little gem was included in a bag of photos my mom brought over to me. I wish I knew just how old this business card is. I know it's at least 67 years old because Frederick died on July 21, 1946 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
It looks like Frederick, or "Frederico" in Portuguese, had a business partner, a Mr. Benjamin Tomas.
Frederick and Benjamin's business was in Santos, Brazil. This business card is written in Portuguese, and I neither read nor speak Portuguese. But my mom does, so I asked her to translate this for me.
Escriptorio Commercial, Cartasde Chamadas, Naturalizacao,Certificados, de Reservista, e Licencas em geral.
Das 8:30 as 12: e
Das 14: as 17: hrs.
Praca Ruy Barbosa 14, 2 andar,Santos.
Commercial Office, Calling Cards,Naturalization,Certificate of Reservist and Licensing in general.
Office HoursFrom 8:30 to 12:00 andFrom 2:00 to 5:00Praca Rui Barbosa 14, 2nd floor,Santos
Well, this is a rather surprising translation. Why? Because I thought this business card was for Frederick's dental practice. But, according to this business card, it seems that Frederick was involved in another type of business venture as well. And I'm not really sure what kind of business it was. Calling cards, naturalization, licensing, etc.? It's a mystery to me. But, whatever kind of business it was, it appears that Frederick had a side business in addition to his dental practice.
I shouldn't be surprised that Frederick was involved in more than just dentistry. After all, he did have an Optical Boat and a Photo Boat docked next to his Dental Boat. And speaking of his Dental Boat, have you seen the photos of the shark hanging in front of the Dental Boat yet? Whoever caught that shark must have had a great fish story to tell!
Oh, Great-Grandpa Frederick! You were such an interesting and colorful character.
Thanks for reading!
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