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May 1

GUEST CURATOR:  Thomas Ross What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “The handsomest Horse in America.” This advertisement describes “The famous Bellsize Arabian,” a horse considered “the handsomest Horse in...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 12 May 2022

May 5

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “MULBERRY TREES.” Loammi Baldwin did much more than advertise mulberry trees for sale in Woburn, Massachusetts, in a notice that ran in the May 5, 1772, edition of the Essex...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 5 May 2022

Skirting Witches and Pirates in Salem

Walking is my preferred form of transportation in Salem, but I tread carefully: I want my path to be lined with beautiful old houses, colorful shops and lovely green (or white) spaces. Attractions exploiting the terrible tragedy of 1692 and out-of-town-yet-territorial...
From: streets of salem on 3 May 2022

Salem as Historyland

For the most part, this blog has been an academic release for me rather than academic engagement: I consider most of the history I’ve offered up here more pop-up than professional. But there is one academic field with which I have been engaging (mostly...
From: streets of salem on 22 Apr 2022

April 21

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “It would be expensive to the Advertiser, and troublesome to the Reader, to mention every Article.” In the spring of 1772, John Appleton took to the pages of the Essex Gazette...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 21 Apr 2022

The Power of Juxtaposition

The Peabody Essex Museum has opened a new integrated exhibit of items from its American and Native American collections entitled On This Ground: Being and Belonging in America and I made my first visit last weekend. This is an “ongoing” exhibition,...
From: streets of salem on 6 Apr 2022

March 31

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “An interesting Anecdote of Sheehen’s Life, not before published.” In addition to publishing the Essex Gazette, printers Samuel Hall and Ebenezer Hall devised others means...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 31 Mar 2022

March 24

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Yesterday was published in Boston … An ORATION … to commemorate the BLOODY TRAGEDY.” As soon as Benjamin Edes and John Gill informed readers of the Boston-Gazette that...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 24 Mar 2022

March 17

GUEST CURATOR:  Matthew Holbrook What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “A large ASSORTMENT of Hard-Ware GOODS.” I found that this advertisement interesting because Jacob Ashton owned a shop in Salem, Massachusetts,...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 17 Mar 2022

March 1

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “The Preservation of these Papers for the Benefit of Posterity.” A subscription notice for a “second Volume of Collection of Papers relative to the History of Massachusetts-Bay”...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 10 Mar 2022

Samuel Chamberlain’s Salem

The Phillips Library of the Peabody Essex Museum, steward of so much of Salem’s printed, written and visual history amongst its many collections, has recently digitized over 5000 images from the “Samuel V. Chamberlain Collection of Photographic Negatives,...
From: streets of salem on 1 Mar 2022

February 18

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “ADVERTISEMENTS not exceeding eight or ten Lines are inserted for Three Shillings.” How much did advertising cost?  How much did advertising cost compared to subscriptions? ...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 18 Feb 2022

A Snake Oil from Tenth Century al-Andalus

Leonie Rau Historians of medicine might know him as Abulcasis, the ‘Father of Surgery,’ but Andalusian physician Abū al-Qāsim Khalaf Ibn al-‘Abbās al-Zahrāwī (936–1013) wrote about much more than the inner workings of the human body. As Katarzyna...
From: The Recipes Project on 17 Feb 2022

February 11

Who were the subjects of advertisements in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “A Negro Man named Prince … A Negro Man named Cesar.” Colonizers placed advertisements in the Essex Gazette, published in Salem, Massachusetts, for a variety...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 11 Feb 2022

John Remond’s Struggle for Citizenship

I’ve written about the Remonds, the African-American family who lived, worked, and strove for a succession of causes in nineteenth-century Salem quite a bit, but I think there is more to write, and more to learn. I live right next to Hamilton Hall,...
From: streets of salem on 10 Feb 2022

When Nixon went to China and Life Magazine came to Salem

For some reason, I’ve been going through the archives of Life magazine over the last month or so: it started with the photographs, and then I had to read the stories too. Life seems like it was a perfect mix of news and popular culture: we don’t...
From: streets of salem on 4 Feb 2022

Sidney Perley’s Houses

Sidney Perley (1858-1928) exemplified that exhausting mix of endeavors—historical, genealogical, archaeological, architectural, legal, literary—which in his time was represented by the occupational identity of an “antiquarian.” It was a title...
From: streets of salem on 21 Jan 2022

January 14

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Two LIGHT-HOUSES on Thatcher’s Island for the Safety of Navigation.” Advertisements in colonial newspapers often carried important news that supplemented the contents that...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 14 Jan 2022

December 31

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “CHOCOLATE … as good and cheap as any in the Government.” On the final day of 1771, Francis Symonds placed an advertisement in the Essex Gazette to inform the public that...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 31 Dec 2021

December 17

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “An Elegant Assortment of English and India GOODS.” John Cabot and Andrew Cabot sought to use typography to their advantage when they advertised in the Essex Gazette in December...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 17 Dec 2021

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This search feature has a number of purposes:

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Caveats and Work in Progress

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The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

Constructing Search Query URLs

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This is the basic structure:

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For example, the URL for a simple search for categories containing London:

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The URL for a search for the exact category Gunpowder Plot:

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In this more complex URL, %20 is the URL encoding for a space between words and &exact=on adds the exact category requirement.

I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.