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Benjamin Franklin’s Unconventional Marriage to Deborah Read

She was neither beautiful nor wealthy. Nor was Benjamin Franklin’s wife educated or intellectual. Nevertheless in 1724 he proposed to Deborah Read while renting... The post Benjamin Franklin’s Unconventional Marriage to Deborah Read appeared first...

June 17

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “Sweeping brushes as 19 s. per dozen, and lower by the half or whole gross.” John Hannah described himself as a “WHOLESALE AND RETAIL BRUSHMAKER” in an advertisement...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 17 Jun 2022

June 8

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “JOSEPH STANSBURY, Hath just imported … GLASS AND EARTHEN WARES.” Molly Torres, a student in my Revolutionary America class in Fall 2021, selected this advertisement that...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 8 Jun 2022

June 4

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “At the Sign of the Scythe and Sickle.” William Dawson advertised “A LARGE Quantity of SCYTHES and SICKLES, prepared for the ensuing Harvest” in a brief notice in the June...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 4 Jun 2022

June 3

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “FOR KINGSTON, IN JAMAICA, THE SHIP POLLY AND PEGGY.” Readers frequently encountered advertising on the front page of eighteenth-century newspapers.  Printers did not relegate...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 3 Jun 2022

May 27

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “Shoemakers may be supplied with tools of every kind used in their business.” A silhouette of a shoe adorned Robert Loosely’s advertisement in the May 25, 1772, edition...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 27 May 2022

May 17

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “Enquire only for Dr Hill’s American Balsam.” Advertisements for patent medicines frequently appeared in early American newspapers.  In the spring of 1772, William Young...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 17 May 2022

May 28

Who was the subject of an advertisement in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “CATHERINE DESSENER … came and stole away said boy.” Beyond the articles and editorials that appeared elsewhere in eighteenth-century newspapers, advertisements...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 15 May 2022

May 1

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “JUST IMPORTED in the ship Britannia, Capt. Falconer from London.” Readers of the Pennsylvania Journal and other colonial newspapers did not have to rely solely on the list...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 10 May 2022

William Goforth: A Life of Patriotism, Courage, and Honor

William Goforth played significant roles in New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio in the age of the American Revolution and the Early Republic and he... The post William Goforth: A Life of Patriotism, Courage, and Honor appeared first on Journal of the American...

April 3

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “A servant lad of slender fame, / And WILLIAM COCHRAN is his name.” To increase the chances that readers of the Pennsylvania Gazette would take note of his advertisement about...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 30 Apr 2022

March 3

What weas advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Prevail upon our LADIES to grant us a little of their industry and assistance.” Women played a vital role in supporting the early American press.  So claimed John Dunlap,...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 30 Mar 2022

Hearty in the Cause: Defending Delaware Bay, Spring 1776

On June 30, 1775, the Pennsylvania General Assembly recognized the direct threat Philadelphia faced should the Royal Navy take control of the Delaware and... The post Hearty in the Cause: Defending Delaware Bay, Spring 1776 appeared first on Journal of...

March 16

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Proposes to engage his performance for one year, provided the owners do not abuse the same.” When Thomas Morgan, a watch- and clockmaker, relocated from Philadelphia to a shop...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 16 Mar 2022

March 1

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “The case and cure of Thomas Hewitt, sent to the Proprietor.” An advertisement for Maredant’s Drops, a patent medicine, in the March 12, 1772, edition of the Pennsylvania...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 12 Mar 2022

March 11

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “Said EVITT prints Advertisements.” In the early 1770s, William Evitt regularly placed advertisements in several newspapers published in Philadelphia to announce that he...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 11 Mar 2022

March 8

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “There is another edition, JUST PUBLISHED.” Get a copy while they are still available!  That was the message that William Bradford and Thomas Bradford delivered to prospective...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 8 Mar 2022

February 24

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “A GENERAL ASSORTMENT OF BOOKS … AN ASSORTMENT of CURIOUS HARD-WARE.” John Sparhawk sold a variety of goods at the “LONDON BOOK-STORE” on Second Street in Philadelphia...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 24 Feb 2022

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