by David Cardillo, DDNP Staff, Blog Contributor
Newspaper advertisements give historians a unique insight into what products were historically part of daily lives, what products were being sold, and even the evolution of a trend or technological innovation.
Case in point: this advertisement from The Daily Gazette, Friday, February 7, 1879 shows what telephones were like shortly after their invention:
This ad focuses on businesses and how a telephone in general can connect one office to another.
Thirty-five years later, this ad from The Newark Post, November 18, 1914 shows that telephones are, more or less, a regular part of the business world, and instead of trying to sell the phone itself, the ad is also selling a particular telephone service provider.