August 16

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Would be glad to be employed in keeping of books.” Elizabeth Bedon’s advertisement proposing to open a boarding school in Savannah “for the education of young ladies” ran for the third and final time in the August 16, 1769, edition of the Georgia … Continue reading August 16

August 2

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “THE subscribers being desirous to close all their concerns, in the dry good business.” Inglis and Hall were among the most prolific advertisers in the Georgia Gazette in the late 1760s. They frequently inserted lengthy advertisements listing goods imported from Britain, the Caribbean, … Continue reading August 2

January 11

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Just imported … and to be sold by JOHN HIGGIN.” In January 1769, John Higgin advertised a variety of goods “Just imported, from Liverpool and Corke, and to be sold … At Mr. Moore’s Store opposite the Exchange.” Unlike Inglis and Hall, whose … Continue reading January 11

January 4

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “They desire all persons indebted to them … to settle their respective debts.” Among purveyors of consumer goods in Savannah, the partnership of Inglis and Hall placed the lengthiest advertisements in the Georgia Gazette in the late 1760s. They also advertised more frequently … Continue reading January 4

November 16

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “About THIRTY VERY LIKELY SLAVES.” Inglis and Hall’s advertisement for “About THIRTY VERY LIKELY SLAVES” ran in the Georgia Gazette for a second time on November 16, 1768. It briefly noted that more than two dozen slaves had “Just arrived from the West-Indies” … Continue reading November 16

October 26

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “WHITE, green, and blue plains, London duffils, shags, white and striped flannels, striped linsies.” In the fall of 1768, Rae and Somerville promoted their “Compleat ASSORTMENT of EUROPEAN and EAST-INDIA GOODS” in an advertisement in the Georgia Gazette. The partners listed dozens of … Continue reading October 26

October 12

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “INGLIS and HALL, Have just imported, In the INDUSTRY, FURSE, from BRISTOL.” When Inglis and Hall placed an advertisement in the October 12, 1768, edition of the Georgia Gazette they adopted formulaic language that often appeared in other advertisements. The partners informed prospective … Continue reading October 12

August 3

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “A LARGE ASSORTMENT OF WHITE AND BLUE NEGROE CLOTH.” The shipping news in the August 3, 1768, edition of the Georgia Gazette reported that five ships had “ENTERED OUTWARD” from the customs house at Savannah in the previous week, including the “Snow Pitt, … Continue reading August 3

June 8

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “A CHOICE CARGO OF 250 PRIME SLAVES.” In early June 1768 merchants Alexander Inglis and Nathaniel Hall advertised the sale of “A CHOICE CARGO OF 250 PRIME SLAVES, Just arrived, in the Ship Constantine, Thomas Gullan Commander, after a short Passage, directly from … Continue reading June 8