Monday, June 27, 2016

Over the Counter: Issue No. 27

From the Imperial War Museums, an essay on their "Women's Work Collection," illustrating women's role during the First World War in the UK.

On a related topic, the "Women's Work in Rural England, 1500-1700" project has a new blog post on "How 'domestic' was women's work?"

The Canadian Historical Association recently announced its prize winners for 2016; included are Alexia Yates, who won the Ferguson Prize for Selling Paris, and Robert MacDougall, who won the Albert B. Corey Prize for The People's Network.

Slate's "Atlas Obscura" blog has an interesting post on the criticism Lydia Pinkham encountered for using her own image in advertising her products.

Viveka Hansen's Textilis blog has a well-illustrated essay on "Early Fashion and Cloth Trade-Cards" from the British Museum.

From the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, an essay, with lovely graphics, on the Canton Trade, 1757-1841.

"The Recipes Project" is a resource established by "an international group of scholars interested in the history of recipes, ranging from magical charms to veterinary remedies"; the site has materials that may be of interest to those researching the business aspects of food history.

A Smithsonian blog featured items from its recently digitized collection of cosmetics and personal care products; the bibliography includes business history work by Kathy Peiss, Geoffrey Jones, Tiffany Gill, and Philip Scranton. 

Dan Wadhwani has been elected chair of the Management History Division of the Academy of Management.

In May, Regina Lee Blaszczyk wrote an essay for the digital publisher Adam Mathew on the importance of Ernest Dichter, "The Hunt for the Hidden Persuader." Adam Mathew has recently digitized Dichter's major research reports as part of its "American Consumer Culture" package. The Dichter papers are held by the Hagley Museum and Library. 

Readers can find a podcast interview with Gavin Benke of Boston University on the history of Enron at's "History Slam" series. Benke is currently turning his dissertation, "Electronic Bits and Ten Gallon Hats: Enron, American Culture and the Postindustrial Political Economy," into a book.

In The Nation, Julia Ott of the New School offers "5 Books: University Press Books That Tackle Capitalism from Every Angle."

BackStory has a timely podcast about Alexander Hamilton: "Hamilton: A History"; guests include Brian Murphy of CUNY, author of Building the Empire State: Political Economy in Early America.

Richard Sylla of NYU's Stern School provided historical perspective for a "Marketplace" discussion earlier this month on "IBM: When Corporations Took Care of Their Employees."

The Toynbee Prize Foundation website recently published an interview with Tracy Neumann of Wayne State University on her new book, Remaking the Rustbelt: The Postindustrial Transformation of North America.

AHA Today recently featured an essay by guest blogger Jesse Hysell, who is writing his dissertation on material culture and gift exchange between Muslims and Christians in the early modern Mediterranean; he describes an aspect of his research in the Venetian archives focusing on "Cultural Encounters and Material Exchanges."