One of the fun things about working with the Trade Literature Collection is that you never know what you might come across. There are hundreds of thousands of catalogs in the collection. The catalogs cover many, many subjects–food, clothing, toys, machine tools, boilers, lighting, medical supplies, and much more. But every so often, one catalog in particular might catch your eye. This time, it was a trade catalog by National Elgin Watch Co.
Believe it or not, clocks played a very important role for the foreign missionaries in opening the door to China in the 16th and 17th centuries. Italian Jesuit missionary Matteo more »
Acorn clock, about 1849; by the Forestville Manufacturing Co., Bristol, Connecticut. Gift of Albert Adsit Clemons, through George H. Paltridge A special Libraries' thank you to National Museum of American more »