This advertising postcard was
sent from the Rumford Chemical
Works located in Rumford, Rhode
Island on July 16, 1910
and was addressed to a Mrs. R.
McDonald in Fiskeville,
RI. The message on the reverse reads as follows:
We call your attention to several of numerous reasons why you
Rumford "The Wholesome" Baking Powder in
preference to all others.
Made of the genuine Horsford's Acid Phosphate it makes lighter,
nutritious and more easily digested breads and cakes.
It is strictly pure, containing no alum or other objectionable
It is more economical because of its greater efficiency and
The best of high grade powers.
RUMFORD CHEMICAL WORKS
Rumford Chemical Works
was founded in 1854
by the Harvard chemist, Eben N.
George F. Wilson.
Eben developed the formulas and
products and George took care of the business operations. It has been
said that there was no finer baking powder made than that produced by
the Rumford company.
The company originally began
operations in Providence, but moved to
They built the mill shown on this 1910 postcard there and in addition
built mill houses for their employees. They employed several hundred
workers in their factory. When the land surrounding the factory became
part of Rhode Island
the area became known as Rumford,
(East Providence Township,
Rumford Chemical Works began
having financial problems
during the 1940s
and the chemical division was bought by a
New Jersey company
and operated in Rumford until 1975.
Hulman & Co.,
of Terre Haute, Indiana
bought the baking powder division in
continued to operate the plant in Rumford until the
when it was moved to Terre Haute. Hulman & Co. is still manufacturing
Rumford Baking Powder
today using the same familiar red label. They also make
another well-known brand of baking powder.
Clabber Girl Website - Rumford History
VILLAGE of RUMFORD
The area known as
today was originally
part of the state of Massachusetts.
It became part of the state of Rhode Island in
as part of a land exchange with Massachusetts that moved
and East Providence
into the state in
for the town of Fall River.
The city of Providence maintains a branch post office in Rumford.
RI Tercentenary Cover - Unofficial First Day City - Rumford