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Smithsonian Collections Online: Trade Literature & The Merchandizing Industry

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The evolution of business is inextricably linked with American and international history and identity. For the first time, researchers can now explore this aspect of American and international life via catalogs, pamphlets, advertising materials, and ephemera on essential industries that emerged in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, namely steam engines, railroads, motorized vehicles, agricultural/farm machinery, building and construction, mining, and much more. This collection has over 1,000,000 pages of content from 1820-1926, most of which comes from the National Museum of American History Library Trade Literature Collection and National Museum of American History Archive.

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