‘Compliments of Scarbrough & Hicks’
Then he got a bigger surprise. Pressed between the oversized pages were t wo “framing-quality” raised letter color prints from Rockdale’s distant past.
The well-preserved prints bore the inscription “Compliments of Scarbrough & Hicks, Rockdale, Texas.”
Scarbrough & Hicks was Rockdale’s showcase business in the early part of the 20th Century.
It burned in a landmark fire Sept. 3, 1935, which claimed the lives of two Rockdale volunteer firefighters.
The prints were apparently given away as promotional items to Scarbrough & Hicks customers. That’s quite a gift, considering the era and the amount of work which would have gone into color reproductions of that quality and scale.
Artist was Frances Brundage (1854-1937), whose work ranged from postcards and valentines to children’s classics like “Little Women” and “Heidi.”
Art was her life and family. She was taught by her father, Rembrandt Lockwood, and she married the artist William Tyson Brundage.
Her work is still considered highly collectable.