Anyone Else Collect Ad Notes?
I read once that advertising notes became popular in the years after the Civil War because people were nostalgic for the days of obsolete currency. You can certainly see a similarity of design in the ones I’ve collected. I like that some are a playful, almost satirical take on the more formal look of obsoletes. They also give you an insight into local businesses of the time, selling everything from pickled fish to blue flannel suits to stomach tonic.
Anyone else have some they’d like to post?
Louis Lewisson Readymade Clothing $2, Providence RI, 1850s-60s
I.T. Davis & Co. Ad Note, Providence RI, 1870s-90s
The red "OTN" overprint stands for [O]ne [T]hree [N]ine (the street number of the store).
Dr. Flint's Quaker Bitters $500, Providence RI, 1870s
Ballou, Cram & Markham Ad Note, Providence RI, circa 1877
City Cash Fish Market $5, Pawtucket RI, circa 1890s