Archives Puzzles: Nineteenth-Century Ads

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Way before the age of photoshop, advertisements looked like the image below. In 1868, the American Literary Bureau, based in New York, published this ad for their upcoming lecture series, which included well-known, white speakers such as Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Susan B. Anthony, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. 

During the Civil War, Emerson was one of twenty-two speakers to participate in a new lecture series at the Smithsonian from 1861 to 1862. Twenty of those speakers, including Emerson, spoke on the topic of abolitionism, much to Secretary Joseph Henry’s dismay. 

The Original

Portraits, from the shoulders and up, of white men and women are put together in rows and slightly o

The Puzzle

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