Trade catalogs and pamphlets

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This digital collection contains a selection from Hagley Library's collection of trade catalogs and pamphlets. The materials date from 1783 to 1988 and vary in size. The trade catalogs contain lists, often illustrated, of items sold by an assortment of manufacturers, mostly American. The pamphlets largely consist of promotional materials, although other subjects are included. A comprehensive view of Hagley's trade catalogs and pamphlets can be found by searching our online catalog.

    Image: Cover of 1977 catalog for Dinky Die Cast Toys. Click to view.

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Industrial History of the United States
From title page: 'Industrial History of the United States, from the earliest settlements to the present time: a complete survey of American Industries, embracing Agriculture and Horticulture; Including the Cultivation of Cotton, Tobacco, Wheat; The Raising of Horses, Neat-Cattle, Etc.; All the Important Manufactures, Shipping and Fisheries, Railroads, Mines and Mining, and Oil; Also a History of the Coal-Miners and the Molly Maguires; Banks; Insurance, and Commerce; Trade-Unions, Strikes, and Eight-Hour Movement together with a description of Canadian Industries. In seven books, copiously illustrated with about three hundred engravings by the most eminent artists.'