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March 26, 2019

Historical Peterborough Businesses Revealed ...


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PETERBOROUGH HISTORICAL SOCIETY MONTHLY MEETINGS.  The monthly meetings and lectures are on the third Tuesday of the month; September, October, November, January, February, March and May at 7:30 p.m., Lion’s Community Centre, 347 Ashburnham Street.  Note that we are returning to the Lion’s Centre for the 2018-2019 season.  We had planned to use the Peterborough Library but will be unable to do so because of the acoustics problem in the refurbished community room.




Historical Peterborough Businesses Revealed Through Select Letterheads. Tuesday, 19 March 2019 Lion’s Community Centre 347 Burnham Street 7:30 p.m.

Before radio, television, and the internet, how did local businesses communicate with the public? Richly designed letterheads provided extensive information describing business operators, products, premises, and what could be bought in town. The Peterborough Museum and Archives house thousands of historical invoices and letterheads going back more than 150 years. Who bought what from whom and for how much? What beer did Judge Weller drink when he should have been patronizing lifelong friend Henry Calcutt? Who did Charlotte Nicholls turn to when she needed new awnings? Peterborough archivist Jon Oldham and local historian Ken Brown will reveal secrets galore of long forgotten businesses.

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