Pittsburgh and Beyond!

Pittsburgh and Beyond!

Pennsylvania Rail-Road from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. Philadelphia: Friend & Aub, 1852.

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A bit like today’s pop-up ads, printed circulars brought unsolicited advertisements into nineteenth-century homes and businesses when they were used as stationery.  Here, a merchant in Philadelphia used a railroad letter sheet (probably given to him by a railroad agent) to pitch goods to a client in Ohio. An added note mentions the express train from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh that takes “just” 36 hours – today Amtrak traverses that route in 7 hours 23 minutes.

Adopted by George and Sheila Tetler in honor of Michael Tetler

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