This is Gossips' three thousandth post. Since the beginning, three and a half years ago, Gossips has been inspired three thousand times to share news, commentary, and history about the very small, very old city of Hudson, New York. Realizing this milestone was approaching, I cast about for a suitable topic for such an auspicious post and came upon this ad from the 1880 Travelers' Directory to the City of Hudson, shared with me by a reader.
It inspired me to mark Gossips' limited longevity with a tribute to a Hudson business with remarkable longevity: J. C. Rogerson's Hardware Store, which has been doing business in the same location since 1832. It is worth noting that when this ad appeared in 1880, promoting such mysteriously arcane wares as clothes wringers and fluting machines, Rogerson's had already been in business for almost half a century.