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Advertisements, billheads, and trade cards

EP001.01 (RS640)

Description

This series in the Ephemera Collection contains advertising matter, billheads, and trade cards. These resources provide a wealth of visual documentation for the study of New England's material culture in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The focus of the collection is concentrated on products used in the construction, finish, or interior decoration of the home, including millwork, wall and floor coverings, paints, furniture, lighting, heating, and wallpaper. Several rare furniture and lighting catalogues are found in this collection.

Advertising matter in Boston guidebooks and in a collection of nineteenth century carpenters' manuals and house plans has also been indexed by subjects. The inventories to these collections supply references to illustrations. After 1848, the Boston city directories are an excellent source of detailed line engravings of buildings and products.

Source: Guide to the Library and Archives, 21.

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Details

Collection Name
Ephemera collection
Collection Code
EP001
Date Notes
1800s-1950s
Collection Type
Ephemera
Description Level
Series
Additional Identification Number
ACCESS ID: 4692
GUSN
165855
Reference Code
EP001.01

Arrangement

The trade cards and billheads are arranged by subjects and are indexed by the names of Boston businesses, pre-1835 advertisements and works by Boston printmakers.

Record details

Descriptive Terms
floor coverings
furnishings (artifacts)
house paint
interior decoration
lighting fixtures
millwork
wallpaper brushes
Material Type
advertisements
billheads
trade cards (advertising)
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
New England (United States) [general region]
Related Items
Jewett family papers
Trade card albums collection

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