Located in the Trade Literature Collection at the National Museum of American History Library are several catalogs by Lyon & Healy, a musical instrument manufacturing company. Today Lyon & Healy is known primarily for their harps, but the company’s beginnings included sheet music, uniforms, and a variety of musical instruments.
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With warmer weather just around the corner, we decided to feature a trade catalog showing Spring and Summer clothing. John E. Kaughran & Co.’s Illustrated Catalogue, Spring and Summer, 1884 takes us back to the late nineteenth century to show us the latest in fashion for the 1884 seasons.
An umbrella protects us from the rain, but it can also be used in other ways. So today, on Umbrella Day, we are featuring a different type of umbrella—one that was popular at bridal showers. It’s an umbrella used as a gift holder.
The weather is definitely getting colder, so this seemed like a perfect time to feature a trade catalog illustrating winter fashion from the late nineteenth century. John E. Kaughran & Co.’s Illustrated Catalogue, Fall and Winter, 1884-85 has several pages showing ladies’ cloaks, coats, and jackets.
To teach children the stretch of fingers necessary to play a full-sized piano, the keys on these toy pianos were spaced the same distance apart as the keys on a full-sized piano.
It’s Thanksgiving week and we are well into the season of Fall, so we decided to feature some trade literature with a Fall theme.