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How Ephemera Changed Capitalism in 19th Century In America

Or, more specifically: How a 19th Century organ manufacturer exploited paper advertising to fuel the engine of commerce.

From THE COMMONS (Windham County, Vermont) we learn of a great event happening this weekend:

“The Estey Company, along with thousands of other 19th century companies, was both a part of, and the epitome of, the driving force determining the personality and being of the United States: American Capitalism. By exploring the Estey product and its place in the American home, we find an example of how early American Capitalism worked.”

Estey Organ Museum sponsors a talk with Kit Barry titled “The Estey Organ — Its Place in the Emergence of American Capitalism” at its Engine House Gallery, 108 Birge St., this Sunday, June 29, at 3 p.m.

Kit Barry, is curator of the Ephemera Archive for American Studies in Brattleboro and has been collecting ephemera since he was a teenager.

Read more about the event and the history of Estey Organ Company by following the link below.

Welcome to THE COMMONS — News and Views for Windham County, Vermont.

Also check the 9 Miles of Ephemera Events Calendar for details and directions to this fascinating glimpse into ephemera research.

Here is another article featuring paper dolls that Estey distributed as advertising. “Estey Organ Company: Advertising Paper Dolls”

Dolls Of America And Her New Possessions: Cuba doll
Cuba Doll Verso
Estey Cuba Doll Interior

Views of Old Truro Abound In Vintage Postcard Exhibit opening Sunday – News – Wicked Local Provincetown, MA

"This is the pond where the ice came from." Postcard View of Pond Village, North Truro, MA
“This is the pond where the ice came from.” Postcard View of Pond Village, North Truro, MA

“Pretend you’re a passenger on the Outer Cape railroad in 1905 or ’06 or ’07. Perhaps you caught the train from Provincetown, after the steamer dropped you off at Railroad Wharf. Your trunks are packed for a month-long stay at the Highland House; Aunt Hannah is meeting you at the depot. As the train leaves the bustle of town for the North Truro countryside, look out the window — what do you see?”

Read the full article here:
Views of old Truro abound in vintage postcard exhibit opening Sunday – News – Wicked Local Provincetown – Provincetown, MA.