Candy, Coffee, Wallets, Combs, Knives, and Even Books
Howell & Rogers, Ledger [Leicester, Mass.?], 1848-1850.
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This ledger records the monthly “invoice of goods taken” from a general store over the course of two years, 1848-1850. The entries are occasionally divided into dry goods and hardware, and show a variety of items being sold, including textiles (silk, cashmere, flannel), shoes, boots, candy, coffee, wallets, combs, knives, and even books (“Webster Dictionary,” “Smiths Grammar,” “Emersons Arithmetic”). Not much is known about the business, however the name of Howell and Rogers is inscribed on the front cover. Multiple pages of doodles and penmanship practice make up the end of the volume, with the town of Leicester being practiced frequently, so the business may have been located there.