James Dixon & John Carson were partners in a mid-19th Century New York City soda water manufacturing and bottling business located in the area now called Tribeca (Triangle Below Canal Street) in Lower Manhattan. .
According to 1870 census records John Carson was born in Ireland, circa 1814. At some point he immigrated to the United States and settled in New York City where directories first list him in 1852 with the occupation of “soda water,” and an address of 41 Barclay Street. Then sometime in the mid-1850’s he moved to 41 Walker Street and was joined by James Dixon, forming a partnership that initially appeared in the 1856 directory.
The business remained at 41 Walker Street until 1865 or 1866 at which time the company apparently relocated down the street to 28 Walker Street where they remained through 1869.
Census records in 1870 list Carson’s occupation as a “Retired Dealer in Soda Water,” likely signaling the end of the business.
The bottle I found is a small mouth blown pony with an applied blob finish. Its embossing includes the 41 Walker Street address dating it between 1856 and 1866 when the business was located at that address.
ON A FINAL NOTE – The building located at 41 Walker Street today does not date back to the time of the Dixon & Carson business. In fact it was likely construction of the present building there, in 1867, that forced Dixon & Carson’s 1866 move to 28 Walker Street. More on the history of 41 Walker Street can be found on the following web site.