A brief round-up of some interesting digitized materials from around the web:
broadside on “Comparison of Products, Population and Resources of the Free and Slave States” (1861).For a vast collection of links to online materials, readers might visit the Internet Archive, a meta-collection of links to digital holdings around the world (though primarily US, UK, and Western Europe). Try, for example, a search of "business directory" in the metadata category.
From the New York Public Library, a collection of cigarette trade cards; nearly 50,000 images, searchable by topic
The John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera at the Bodleian Library is a large and varied source of images, with nearly 74,000 digitized to date.
From the New York Academy of Medicine, a well-illustrated discussion of Pabst Brewing Company's marketing campaign to persuade consumers that its malt extract could cure a range of ailments.
The Framingham History Center has posted an informative and well-illustrated timeline for the now-shuttered Dennison Manufacturing Company.
From the Digital Public Library of America and the University of Denver, "Staking Claims: The Gold Rush in Nineteenth Century America." Other DPLA Exhibits may be found here.