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December

GUEST CURATOR:  Elizabeth Peterson What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “POTASH Kettles.” Smith and Atkinson advertised “POTASH KETTLES” and “EUROPEAN and INDIA GOODS” in the Boston Gazetteon December...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 2 Dec 2021

November 25

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Last Saturday was published … The CENSOR, No. 1.” Ezekiel Russell distributed the first issue of The Censor on November 23, 1771.  Two days later, he promoted his new publication...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 25 Nov 2021

November 24

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “Proper Allowances made to those that sell again.” Numerous merchants and shopkeepers regularly placed advertisements in the Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 24 Nov 2021

November 18

GUEST CURATOR:  Kaden McSheffrey Who was the subject of an advertisement in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Ran-away … a Negro Man Servant named CROMARTE.” This advertisement from the Boston-Gazette in November 1771 offers a...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 18 Nov 2021

November 7

GUEST CURATOR:  Nicholas Macchione What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “A New MEDICINAL DISCOVERY, of the UTMOST CONSEQUENCE to MANKIND; known abroad by the Name of, VELNOS’ Vegetable SYRUP: An acknowledged Specific...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 7 Nov 2021

October 27

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “Neatly engraved … The BOSTON MASSACRE.” In the fall of 1771, Isaiah Thomas, the printer of the Massachusetts Spy, advertised an almanac for the coming year.  In the...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 27 Oct 2021

George Washington and the First Mandatory Immunization

The debate over mandatory vaccination for Covid-19 has led to many articles referring to how George Washington handled a similar issue, this one involving... The post George Washington and the First Mandatory Immunization appeared first on Journal of...

October 6

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “Fifes, Violins, Powder, / Lead, Shott, / Steel, &c.” Gilbert Deblois used graphic design to increase the likelihood that his newspapers advertisements would attract...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 6 Oct 2021

October

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “Choice Bohea, Souchon, and Hyson Tea.” In the fall of 1771, Gilbert Deblois deployed graphic design to distinguish his newspaper advertisements from those placed by his...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 2 Oct 2021

September 3

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “A very large Assortment of Winter Goods.” Most advertisements in eighteenth-century newspapers consisted text unadorned with images, though some did feature woodcuts depicting...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 30 Sep 2021

September 29

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “Bickerstaff’s Boston ALMANCK, For the Year 1772.” With the arrival of fall in 1771 newspaper advertisements for almanacs for 1772 became more numerous and more extensive. ...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 29 Sep 2021

September 23

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “A large and compleat Assortment of ENGLISH, INDIA, and SCOTCH GOODS.” Benjamin Edes and John Gill, printers of the Boston-Gazette, had more content than would fit in the standard...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 23 Sep 2021

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 16

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “George Spriggs, Gardner to John Hancock, Esq.” In the early 1770s, George Spriggs supplied colonists with fruit trees.  In September 1771, he placed advertisements in the...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 16 Sep 2021

September 9

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “He has invented an HAIR-ROLL upon an entire new Construction.” In the 1770s, fashionable women preferred a towering hairstyle known as the high roll.  Their high hair testified...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 9 Sep 2021

September 4

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “Public Vendue, At the Auction-Room in Queen street.” Colonial consumers encountered advertisements for all sorts of goods when they perused the pages of the Boston Evening-Post...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 4 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

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 19

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Will make as good Allowance to Travelling Traders, &c. as if purchased of the Printer.” A portion of the commencement exercises at Harvard in 1771 generated such enthusiasm...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 19 Aug 2021

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