Page of newspaper ads from Alton Telegraph.
What do newspaper advertisements tell us about domestic life in Illinois?
Many newspapers in the early nineteenth century were only four pages long, and often half of the text was advertisements. Ads for local merchants sometimes listed new goods in stock and indicated where the suppliers were located. Ads seldom pictured goods or gave prices. Most of the ads were for dry goods (clothing and fabrics) and hardware.
Look at these ads from the 1840 Alton Telegraph to learn the answers to the following questions.
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