With no radio, television, or internet, distributing public information was difficult. Newspapers were available, but the governments preferred having their various proclamations and declarations printed by local printers. These were often printed as posters (broadsides) and then posted in public places like taverns, inns, and outside of public buildings. Various printers had government contracts to print the news and declarations from Congress, the King, or for the general public. Includes
- Tavern Price List - This poster went up in Frederick Maryland and was printed to allow tavern owners to set prices according to the local law. Prices were set each year by the county.
- Pennsylvania Tavern License – This document allowed a person to maintain a tavern provided there was no Drunkenness, unlawful Gaming or any other disorders.”
- A Short Warning to all Desperate and Prophane Swearers, Cursers, Damners, Etc. (8 x 10) - The name says it all. This warning cites several Biblical references in its attempt to redeem those who use vulgar language. A printed broadside posted in London.
- 1775 Property Auction Notice (8 x 14) - This bilingual notice advertises an upcoming coming auction of property in Germantown, Pennsylvania. It is printed in English and German.
- 1785 Robbery Notice (8 x 11) - This poster went up in Baltimore in 1780. An excellent description of everyday articles, and a great paper to post at your establishment.
- 1777 Runaway Advertisement ( 8 x 11) - In 1777 a weaver named Samuel Phillips ran away. Ads like this give us excellent, accurate descriptions of clothing and physical features of everyday people. I like two quotes in this add: "It is probable he will steal other clothes." and "As he can write, he may forge a pass."