Monthly Archives: April 2011

Marketing, yesterday and today

Please examine this advertisement. Notice how it commands your attention, by means of type size, style, boldness, spacing. All that style change makes us dizzy today, but in 1856 it got noticed. (It likely helped people whose vision was challenged… Continue reading

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A week in April

At 4:30 this morning, 150 years ago, Confederate forces opened fire on Fort Sumter, and the Civil War began. 146 years ago this past Saturday, April 9, General Lee surrendered to General Grant to end the War. Thursday, April 14,… Continue reading

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Wells Fargo in New York

In March 1888, Wells Fargo established express service from ocean to ocean by entering New York City aboard trains on the Erie Railroad. Depots and offices were Wells Fargo’s focal points in New York and through freight began or ended… Continue reading

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The Civil War

Over the next few weeks, there will be much commemoration of the start of the Civil War. The first shots were fired on April 12, and four years of slaughter followed. The Civil War is still the preeminent historical moment… Continue reading

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Good call

Imagine your life without a telephone. No, really. Consider how incredibly different each day would be if you were unable to communicate instantly with your friends, family, co-workers and telemarketers. Okay, well maybe not telemarketers, but you understand where I’m… Continue reading

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