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Consumerism

This selection of approximately 330 images provides a sample of the collections related to the consumer culture that developed in the 19th century, particularly in cities. It recalls many ways in which goods and services were used as well as the consumer patterns and clothing fashions of the day.

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  • Consumer products (clothing, housing, food, health, leisure and recreation, etc.);
  • Advertising (ads, merchandise samples, labels, excerpts from illustrated catalogues, etc.);
  • Places of business, offices and stores (grocery, department and warehouse stores, etc.);
  • Home interiors and furnishings.

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Commercial label of Bowman's Indian Vegetable Pills (M930.50.1.893)

Engraving
Commercial label of Bowman's Indian Vegetable Pills
John Henry Walker (1831-1899)
1850-1885, 19th century
M930.50.1.893

The Mercury Stereoscope (M985.234.1)

Stereoscope
The Mercury Stereoscope
H. C . White Co.
About 1905, 20th century
M985.234.1

Interior, Mrs. Snyder's house, Montreal, QC, 1896 (II-114793)

Photograph
Interior, Mrs. Snyder's house, Montreal, QC, 1896
Wm. Notman & Son
1896, 19th century
II-114793