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graphic, Honolulu Coffee Mills (1900), click on graphic for larger image

Honolulu Coffee Mills Kona Coffee was processed and packaged in the middle of downtown Honolulu by H. Hackfeld and Company.

graphic: Pearson, Potter Company (1900), click on graphic for a larger image

Sporting goods were imported and offered by Pearson, Potter Company, Ltd. At the time this advertisement ran, phone numbers had only three digits.

graphic, Bath Suits (1900), click on graphic for a larger image

Bath suits for ladies, gents and juveniles, modest by today's standards, were also imported and offered by Pearson, Potter Company, Ltd.

graphic, Smith=Premiere typewriters (1900), click on graphic for a larger image

The "state of the art" Smith = Premiere typewriter with all the latest improvements, was available for purchase or rent... and we think the personal computer is grand!

graphic, Honolulu Stock Yards Company, click for graphic for larger image

Horses, still a necessity, could be had for cheap from the Honolulu Stock Yards Company located on King and South Streets.

graphic, G. Schuman surreys and phaetons (1900), click on graphic for larger image

G. Schuman's surreys and phaetons were equipped with single or double harnesses and rubber tires. They were perfect gifts for the well-equipped socialite.

graphic, Hawaiian Electric advertisement, click on graphic for larger image

Although electricity was introduced to Hawai`i in the early 80's (the 1880's), the fledgling Hawaiian Electric Co. still had to persuade consumers this new technology should be a part of their homes.

graphic,  W. W. Dimond and Company, click on graphic for larger image

Lawn sprinklers and special rubber hoses (guaranteed for one year) were used to take full advantage of Honolulu's water system.

graphic, B. F. Ehlers, click on graphic for larger image

Considerate gentlemen could find appropriate gifts for ladies at B. F. Ehlers and Company of Fort Street. Lace "slumber robes" advertised for sale were the "finest offered in Honolulu." In years to come, B. F. Ehlers and Company would become Liberty House and then Macy's.

graphic, Pacific Hardware Co., click on graphic for larger image

Pacific Hardware Company advertised and sold yet another modern convenience, Wilke "porcelain" refrigerators.

graphic, McLaughlin's Electric Belt, click on graphic for larger image

The headline says it all... you could "BE A MAN AGAIN" with McLaughlin's Electric Belt. In testimonials, positive weight gain and improved health were reported by users of the product.

graphic, Primo Lager, click on graphic for larger image

Honolulu Brewing and Malting Company offered prompt delivery of their Primo Lager, which, by the way, did not have to be "fortified."

graphic, Honolulu Photo Supply Company, click on graphic to enlarge

Eastman Kodak began selling the "Brownie" camera in 1900, putting photography in the hands of amateurs around the world. By 1902, Honolulu Photo Supply Company was already catering to those who had caught "snapshot" fever.

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