The problem with digging around the Library of Congress‘ collections is that you can easily spend hours doing it. Sometimes you’ll find amazing stuff and sometimes you’ll see nothing but old scanned paperwork. Today though, I found a ton of American Advertising from between roughly 1840 and 1875. The type alone is just beautiful, but the illustrations are something to gawk at as well. Hours lost or not, the Library of Congress is a treasure trove of inspiration today.
More great ads after the jump.
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