Trade catalogs and pamphlets

About this collection

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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Borax, the Magic Crystal
This little booklet tells the story of a magic mineral, which when placed in the water used in the laundry, kitchen and bath, becomes an invisible giant, working wonders for the brightening of the home and the lessening of household labor.' Color illustrations of 'The Borax Girl' on front cover and window display of '20 Mule Team Borax' on back cover.
Persil Complete Home Washing Handbook
Full instructions on how to wash everything with Persil and particulars of the complete washing service from the Persil Institutes.'
Truth About A Lye
Promotes the uses for Lewis' lye, with summaries presented in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Polish, and Swedish. Includes index.