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September 19

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “To be Sold by OLIVER SMITH, at the Golden Mortar.” Oliver Smith, an apothecary, promoted a variety of remedies in an advertisement in the September 19, 1771, edition of the...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 19 Sep 2021

September

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Those who have taken subscriptions of others, [send] their lists … to the Publisher.” In the course of just a few days late in the summer of 1771, readers in New England,...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 2 Sep 2021

September 1

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “The List of Subscribers will be committed to the Press in a few Weeks.” When John Dunlap set about publishing “ALL THE POETICAL WRITINGS, AND SOME OTHER PIECES, OF THE...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 1 Sep 2021

August 25

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “BREWSTER’s BEST ground and made CHOCOLATE.” Name recognition and brand loyalty have become important aspects of modern marketing campaigns, but those strategies have...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 25 Aug 2021

August

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “As low a Price, as … can be purchased for at any Shop in th[i]s Town.” In the summer of 1771, Richard Jennys sold a “Variety of English, Scotch and India Goods” at his...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 22 Aug 2021

August 15

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Bickerstaff’s Almanack For the Year 1772, Will be published in September next.” Even though the middle of August 1771 was early, John Fleeming apparently determined that...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 15 Aug 2021

August 1

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Mary Smith … will be obliged to the friends of her Husband for their Custom.” Following the death of her husband Thomas, a twine spinner, Mary Smith operated the family business...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 12 Aug 2021

August 11

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “The first Person that ever set up, and regularly maintain’d a Stage Carriage in New-England.” John Stavers was not pleased when a competitor set up stagecoach service...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 11 Aug 2021

August 7

What weas advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “Diapers for clouting, napkins and table cloths.” Throughout the summer of 1771, Bethune and Prince ran an advertisement for “IRISH LINNENS” in the Massachusetts Gazette...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 7 Aug 2021

Election Sermons and Collective Identity in Massachusetts, 1760–1775

“It is Hoped that this People will Unitedly Exert Themselves:”[1] In August 1765, crowds gathered on the streets of Boston protesting Parliament’s Stamp Act,... The post Election Sermons and Collective Identity in Massachusetts, 1760–1775 appeared...

July 31

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “Now Selling very Cheap.” In the decades prior to the American Revolution, purveyors of goods and services regularly incorporated appeals to price into their advertisements. ...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 31 Jul 2021

Merrimack Meandering: the Whitefield Project, part II

I’ve got a lot of gardening and exterior house projects to do, but we’re in the midst of a stretch of rainy, foggy and soggy weather, so I can’t trim my hedges or paint my scraped and sanded deck (especially the latter). After last year’s summer...
From: streets of salem on 15 Jul 2021

Renaissance Refresh in Worcester

This past Wednesday was my stepson’s 20th birthday and lo and behold, instead of all the outdoorsy things we have done on birthdays past he wanted to go see the collection of armor and arms at the Worcester Art Museum, which absorbed the John Woodman...
From: streets of salem on 9 Jul 2021

North Carolina’s Response to the Battles of Lexington and Concord

Rumors roared throughout the Colonies in the spring of 1775. From Watertown, Massachusetts, with an earnest pen, a letter was taken down at 10... The post North Carolina’s Response to the Battles of Lexington and Concord appeared first on Journal of...

Riding with Edwin Whitefield

This was supposed to be the summer of LONG road trips but various things keep tethering me to Salem, so I’m taking lots of short ones. My companion over the last few trips has been Edwin Whitefield, a nineteenth-century English expat artist who loved...
From: streets of salem on 28 Jun 2021

June 26

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “To particularize every Article would near fill up the whole Paper.” To demonstrate the extent of choices available to consumers, advertisers often included lengthy lists...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 26 Jun 2021

June 23

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “Those who advertise in this Paper … are requested to send them … on Wednesdays.” Richard Draper, printer of the Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter,...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 23 Jun 2021

June

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “At his Shop near LIBERTY-TREE, A General Assortment of English Goods.” A certain tension existed in the opening lines of John Greenlaw’s advertisement in the June 20, 1771,...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 20 Jun 2021

June 1

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “Sold as low as at any Store or Shop in Town.” Advertisements for consumer goods in eighteenth-century newspapers frequently included appeals to price.  In the June 10,...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 12 Jun 2021

June 6

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “The Estate of JANE EUSTIS, late of Boston, Shop-keeper.” For several weeks in the spring of 1771 the Massachusetts Spy carried a notice requesting “all those persons who...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 6 Jun 2021

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