Kandyland storefront with proprietors John and Mary Costes in Carthage

John and Mary Costes were of Greek descent. They acquired the building pictured behind them in 1922 and turned it into Kandyland, a confectionary shop. John had been a tobacco and coffee traveling salesman. He liked the people of Carthage and decided to stay.  In this picture, John, Mary and , a shop boy are posed in front of a selection of handmade confections on display in the glass window.  The Costes were especially known for their ribbon candy. 1930. Carthage, NY. From the collection of Jim Costes.

Caption info compiled by Lynn Thornton, Laura Prievo, and Harold Sanderson for the Images of America book Around Carthage and West Carthage.

Permissions Statement

North Country Public Radio is not the owner or holder of copyright for any images within the North Country at Work archive. For uses of a photo (other than educational or non-commercial purposes), contact the photo’s institution of origin.