Monday, July 25, 2011

Web Exhibit at the AAS: Food as Big Business

The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) has a Web exhibit of interest, entitled "Big Business: Food Production, Processing, and Distribution in the North, 1850-1900." The introduction explains, "This online exhibition features lithographs, chromolithographs, trade catalogues, trade cards, and product labels from the American Antiquarian Society’s collection that help shed light on major changes in the way Americans in the North produced and sold their food in the second half of the nineteenth century." The exhibit categorizes materials under Farming, Seed Catalogues, Manufacturing, Trade Cards, Shopping, and Food Labels. Each section features descriptive text and images that illustrate some aspect of the process of getting food from farm to table in the second half of the nineteenth century.