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Your search for posts with tags containing Thomas Fleet found 16 posts

November 26

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Those Customers who live in the Country are more particularly desired to pay some Attention to the above reasonable Request.” Extensive credit played an important role...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 26 Nov 2020

November 19

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Ames’s ALMANACK is now in the Press, and will be published in a few Days.” Was it news or advertising or both?  Thomas Fleet and John Fleet, printers of...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 19 Nov 2020


What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Enquire of the Printers.” Boston Evening-Post (May 22, 1769). On May 22, 1769, readers of the Boston Evening-Post encountered an advertisement offering an enslaved...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 22 May 2019

January 8

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? Massachusetts Gazette [Draper] (January 5, 1769).“Most of these Papers will, probably, be irrevocably lost in a few Years, unless they be preserved by Printing.”...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 8 Jan 2019

“Richard Fry, Stationer, Bookseller, Paper-maker, and Rag Merchant”

In September 1728 the Massachusetts General Court promoted local paper manufacturing by granting a ten-year patent to a group of investors that included Daniel Henchman, Benjamin Faneuil, and Thomas Hancock. Those partners built a mill in Milton and delivered...
From: Boston 1775 on 28 Dec 2018

November 28

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Boston Chronicle (November 28, 1768).“Ames’s Almanack for 1769, SOLD by William M‘Alpine in MARLBOROUGH STREET, Boston.” As November came to an end and a...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 28 Nov 2018

Colonial Newspaper Subscription Prices

Last month I posted twice about the cost of advertising in colonial American newspapers.One source of those articles, the 1884 U.S. Census Office report “The Newspaper and Periodical Press” by S. N. D. North, also discussed what pre-Revolutionary...
From: Boston 1775 on 21 Jul 2017

More Colonial Newspaper Advertising Rates

After my posting on colonial newspaper advertising rates, Caitlin G. DeAngelis alerted me to some additional data inside Charles E. Clark’s The Public Prints: The Newspaper in Anglo-American Culture, 1665-1740. Then I found more examples quoted...
From: Boston 1775 on 9 Jun 2017

October 6

GUEST CURATOR: Elizabeth Curley What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Boston Evening-Post (October 6, 1766).“John Taylor At his SHOP by the Draw-Bridge.” I originally picked this advertisement from the Boston...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 6 Oct 2016


GUEST CURATOR: Elizabeth Curley What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Massachusetts Gazette (October 2, 1766).“Just Published … The Examination of Doctor BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, before an AUGUST ASSEMBLY.”...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 2 Oct 2016

August 5

What was advertised in a colonial newspaper 250 years ago this week? Boston Evening-Post (August 4, 1766).“To be had at the Heart and Crown, Justices Blank Certificates.” For printers Thomas Fleet and John Fleet, their business was most widely...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 5 Aug 2016

May 29

What was advertised in a colonial newspaper 250 years ago today? Massachusetts Gazette Extraordinary (May 29, 1766).Print played a significant role in the coming of the American Revolution. Some scholars argue for the primacy of newspapers in facilitating...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 29 May 2016

The Fleets Get N.S.F.W.

I’ve been writing about the Fleet family, enslaved to Thomas Fleet and trained in the printing business. Isaiah Thomas recalled that in the 1750s a black man named Peter Fleet carved woodcuts for ballads, and the initials “P.F” appear in a...
From: Boston 1775 on 14 Apr 2014

The Art of Peter Fleet

Finally I’m getting back to the family of enslaved printers in pre-Revolutionary Boston, Peter Fleet and his sons Pompey and Caesar.In his history of printing, Isaiah Thomas mentioned the last two by name, so when scholars spotted the initials “P.F”...
From: Boston 1775 on 11 Apr 2014

The Will of Peter Fleet

Yesterday I mentioned an article by Samuel Eliot Morison that the Colonial Society of Massachusetts published in 1924. That article presented the transcript of a will written by Peter, an enslaved printer working for Thomas Fleet. The original document...
From: Boston 1775 on 5 Apr 2014

The Other Fleet Brothers: “brought up to work at press and case”

Last week I spoke to the Freedom Trail Foundation guides as they were preparing for a new season leading people around Boston.I talked about newspapers and the people who printed them—a group that included not only white men but women (Margaret Draper),...
From: Boston 1775 on 4 Apr 2014

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