A Nation of Shopkeepers

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A Nation of Shopkeepers – Trade Ephemera from 1654 to the 1860 in the John Johnson Collection. An interesting and beautiful collection of trade cards, bill headings and prints.

Despite the wars in Europe, this period saw commercial expansion and increased mechanisation. There was also considerable overseas trade. A noticeable feature of the trade cards of the 18th and early 19th centuries is the number of products mentioned which were imported, notably from Europe and from the East and West Indies. Changes in society and technology and the growth of commerce with foreign lands reached both a culmination and a fresh starting point in the Great Exhibition of 1851.

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2 Responses to A Nation of Shopkeepers

  1. mernitman says:

    Bibi, just to say that your blog is AMAZING. I don’t know how you find this stuff, or find the time to find it, but I’m in awe. I’m already blogrolling you, and I’ll post something about your site when there’s something up here that’s specifically apropos to mine, just to spread the word.

  2. Bibi says:

    Thanks so much so your nice words. 🙂
    I find stuff via other blogs, search for words or via other sites. I’m always checking the links on the sites that I like. And I have a list of cool things to post saved on my bookmarks.
    And thanks again for the link.

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