Sunday, March 31, 2013

More Letterhead ... Including a Chewing Gum company

A few more examples of local ephemera.

The first one is for a chewing gum company agent in Scotland Neck !  Anyone have additional information about the Southern Sweet Gum Company ?

W.H. White & Co., Sweet Gum and Pepsin
Chewing Gum, The Southern Sweet Gum Co.
Scotland Neck NC 1898

Williams & Garrett, General Merchandise,
Ahoskie NC 1898

J.W. Godwin, Horses and Mules,
Kentucky Mules a Specialty, Ahoskie NC 1909

MHA Annual Meeting - April 12, 2013

Mark your calendars: 
  • Historic Murfreesboro Commission, Spring Meeting, Friday April 12, 2013
  • The 47th Annual Meeting of the Murfreesboro Historical Association will take place at noon on Friday, April 12, at John's Seafood Restaurant, 315 East Main Street, in Murfreesboro.  Speaker will be Reid Thomas, Restoration Specialist, NC State Preservation Office in Greenville.   Elections of MHA Officers and Board Members will be held during the Annual Meeting.  (Personal note - it would be helpful if Annual Meetings were not always held in the middle of a weekday.  It makes it difficult for working members to attend. )  Cost is $15 per person, with a stated deadline of April 5.
  • Jefcoat Museum's Annual Pork Fest will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the Brady C. Jefcoat Museum.  Cost is $10.00 per person.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Murfreesboro Businessmen of Long Ago

And another piece of local ephemera: 
Murfreesboro Merchants', Business and Professional
Men's Association
Murfreesboro N.C.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

More Ephemera

A few more examples of local ephemera (letterhead).

J. Lawrence Harrington & Co.,
Aulander NC, 1909

Tyler, Futrell & Co., General Merchandise
Roxobel NC, 1909 

 People's Bank of Murfreesboro NC


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Historic Murfreesboro NC Ephemera

It was great to see so many friends in Murfreesboro !

Last night I gave a short program for the Friends of Whitaker Library at Chowan University .  The talk was entitled The Stuff of History: Why Research and Academic Institutions Collect Ephemera. Unfortunately, I had a few "technical difficulties" with the PowerPoint, so I thought it might be helpful to add some of the images here to the blog.  Hopefully everyone will enjoy seeing the items in more detail (click on the image to see enlargements).

Most of the ephemera downloaded (over the next few weeks) will be historic letterhead from Murfreesboro and nearby communities. If you have additional information about the businesses or individual owners represented ----  please leave comments.  We would all like to learn more about these former local business leaders.

The letterhead has been found in various collections, and offers a fascinating snapshot of a place or time. Scholars of this subject point out that the rich illustrations and elaborate printing of commercial letterheads, billheads, and envelopes correspond with the dramatic rise in industrialization in America. According to one expert, the period 1860 to 1920 represents the heyday of commercial stationery. As commercial artists influenced the job printing profession, the illustrations became more detailed and creative.

R. Sewell, Wholesale and Retail Dealer in Groceries
Murfreesboro NC 1898

D.C. Barnes, Attorney and Councelor at Law
Murfreesboro NC

Fentress Lumber Co. Manufactureres, J.E. Fentress, Manager
Murfreesboro NC 1898