Freeman Richardson, Canvassing Book, 1864.
This canvassing book records artist Freeman Richardson’s efforts at selling his lithograph “Environs of Boston, From Corey’s Hill, Brookline, Mass.” (1864). In the volume he wrote the names and addresses of businesses and residences visited. He also recorded the outcome of the visit, indicating “Will not – Very doubtful,” or “May when done,” There is a column for notes such as “May by and by,” “Can’t afford,” “Gone to war,” and “Dead.” Like the many salesman sample books in AAS’s collections, this canvassing book is an excellent example of the way printed material was advertised, sold and bought in the 19th century.
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