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Selected from a Google Search for Hartford Sewing Machines, this quote gives the viewer some great background on the sociological aspects of scrapbooking:
In the Rochester Directory (via Google Books), an ad touts the superior qualities of a Hartford Sewing Machine:
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For those curious to see what the 1904 Columbia Electric Car looked like, here's the Wikimedia Commons photo of the one on display in the Smithsonian Institution:
International Sewing Machine Collectors' Society
"After four-color lithography became available in the mid-1870s, trade cards took on a more significant role in advertising. The color enhanced the cards' decorative value -- and increased the likelihood that a Victorian woman would hold on to them. During the last two decades of the 19th Century, trade cards were enormously popular among dealers and the public alike. Most cards found today date to that time period."
Another card for the Brainard Co. appears on page 59 of the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection. At the time of the 1880 census, W.F. Brainard was 31 years old and married to Mary E.
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