Advertisements, billheads, and trade cards

Collection Type

  • Ephemera

GUSN

GUSN-165855

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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.

Details

Descriptive Terms

interior decoration
furnishings (artifacts)
wallpaper brushes
millwork
floor coverings
house paint
lighting fixtures
advertisements
billheads
trade cards (advertising)

Additional Identification Number

ACCESS ID 4692

Collection Code

EP001

Collection Name

Ephemera collection

Reference Code

EP001.01

Date Notes

1800s-1950s

Places

Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
New England (United States) [general region]

Record Details

Material Type

advertisements
billheads
trade cards (advertising)

Description Level

Series

Related Items

Jewett family papers
Trade card albums collection

Arrangement

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.