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September 5

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “… practised by very few in ENGLAND, and those esteemed the best Mechanicks in Europe.” Like many other artisans who migrated to the colonies in the eighteenth-century,...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 5 Sep 2020

August 31

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Watches will be well repaired, Clocks put in good Order.” It was the first advertisement that watchmaker Nathaniel Sheaff Griffith placed in the New-Hampshire Gazette...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 31 Aug 2020

August 23

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “WATCHES REPAIR’D by J. SIMNETT.” Near the end of the summer of 1770, watchmaker John Simnet went quiet in the pages of the New-Hampshire Gazette.  In late...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 23 Aug 2020

August 19

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “CLOCK and WATCH-MAKER, at the DIAL in WILMINGTON.” Two clock- and watchmakers advertised in the August 16, 1770, edition of the Pennsylvania Gazette, but they likely...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 19 Aug 2020

July 29

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “He purposes to return to this LAND of LIBERTY.” In the summer of 1770, William Wylie, a watchmaker, took to the pages of William Rind’s Virginia Gazette to...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 29 Jul 2020

July 13

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “WATCHES KEPT in REPAIR for Two Shillings and six pence Sterling per YEAR.” John Simnet’s advertisement in the July 13, 1770, edition of the New-Hampshire Gazette...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 13 Jul 2020

June 29

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “A SQUIB—-To the Tune of Miss Dawson’s Hornpipe.” In June 1770, watchmaker John Simnet was unrelenting in the criticism of rival Nathaniel Sheaff Griffith. ...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 29 Jun 2020

June

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “His Clocks with both Hands gives the Lye, His Tongue ne’er speaks the Truth.” After placing an advertisement in which he compared his rival to a rat, watchmaker...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 22 Jun 2020

June 15

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “If Rats could speak, they would declare their Sentiments.” As spring turned to summer in 1770, the rivalry between watchmakers John Simnet and Nathaniel Sheaff Griffith...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 15 Jun 2020

June 8

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “He is as great a Watch-Maker as he is a Mountebank.” The feud between watchmakers Nathaniel Sheaff Griffith and John Simnet had been playing out in the New-Hampshire...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 8 Jun 2020

May 18

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “That there may be no Cause of a single Complaint, any Person may have any Alteration without further Expence.” The feud continued!  For more than a year watchmakers...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 18 May 2020

May 15

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Said HILLER has to sell, a Variety of Watch Chains, Strings, Keyes, Seals.” When Joseph Hiller, a clock- and watchmaker, set up shop in a new location, he inserted...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 15 May 2020

March 16

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “He has the best of clarified Oyl, for Clock and Watches.” By the time that Nathaniel Sheaff Griffith placed his advertisement in the March 16, 1770, edition of the...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 16 Mar 2020

February

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “He has engaged Two exceeding good Workmen.” While eighteenth-century artisans frequently promoted their own training and other credentials, relatively few devoted space...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 22 Feb 2020

February

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “He still carries on Clock and Watch making as usual.” Nathaniel Sheaff Griffith, a clock- and watchmaker, was a prolific advertiser who frequently inserted notices...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 2 Feb 2020

January 1

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “SIMNETT, only perfect Watchmaker ever in this Country.” Watchmaker John Simnet returned to the pages of the New-Hampshire Gazette early in 1770, placing a short advertisement...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 12 Jan 2020

December

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “The said Watson being a stranger, the said John Champlin doth strongly recommend him.” James Watson, a clock- and watchmaker “Late from London,” inserted...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 22 Dec 2019

December 8

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “WATCHES … preserv’d in perfect Repair … by JOHN SIMNETT.” Regular readers of the New-Hampshire Gazette would have already been familiar with John...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 8 Dec 2019

October 27

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-Hampshire Gazette (October 27, 1769). “Any Clock or Watch, sent to said Griffith, will be speedily refitted.” Nathaniel Sheaff Griffith, a “CLOCK and WATCH...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 27 Oct 2019

October 23

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Boston-Gazette (October 23, 1769). “McLean is now at Work on a Watch, the whole of which will be finished in the Province, except the Two Plates and Cases.” During the...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 23 Oct 2019

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