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For Grain and Provision Dealers

The rather curious title of this post comes in part from a serial title, but doesn’t really do justice to what is actually in the publication.  That job is left to the publication’s full title which does a better job of letting readers know what to expect. The full title is Ready Reference Book for Grain and Provision Dealers, showing the highest and lowest prices in the Chicago Market of Wheat, Corn, Pork, Oats, Lard and Short Ribs, each month for twenty-seven years, but it doesn’t end there.  It goes on to say: Also, the Yearly Crop of Wheat and Corn for Fifteen Years, and Annual Exports. Stocks of Wheat in Store in Chicago, every Month for Fifteen Years, and Visible Supply with FULL PACKING STATISTICS, and other interesting and valuable Facts and Figures, for reference and general information.

1884 cropsCBOTWe have issues from 1885-1889 — and it was chock full of charts and numbers.  I can’t do a better job than the title at giving a reader an idea about what to expect, but I did want to include at least one chart.  I do love a good chart, and there’s always a chance that someone wants to know the monthly opening, highest, lowest, and closing prices for corn, wheat, oats, pork, lard and short ribs in 1884.

While the title indicates an item without much artistic merit, the publishers did include this nice little drawing of the “new” Chicago Board of Trade building which was dedicated in April 1885.  The Library of Congress collection includes photographs that show traders on the floor of the CBOT, including this one from 1900 and others from 1903 and 1905.

¡Felicitaciones! Science.gov

Wouldn’t it be great to have a feature on your website that could translate your online content into another language with the blink of an eye? Well, that wish has finally been granted. Earlier this month Science.gov released a Spanish version of its website – Ciencia.Science.gov. This initiative is truly amazing and inspiring. Government science […]

The Sesquicentennial: 8th Census of 1860

This year we are commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.  The Library recently debuted the Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs, and after spending time looking at those photographs, I thought it would be interesting to write a blog post featuring business-related resources that illuminate the lives of the people living in the […]

The First Monday of September

Guest blogger today is business reference librarian Ellen Terrell Many Americans may think Labor Day as the end of summer or a day of rest, parades, picnics, or store sales. Labor Day is so much more. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 at the behest of the Central Labor […]

Made with Love

4 Star French Chocolate Ice Cream? Chiffon and Velvet Pie?Pots de Chocolat (mousse)? Stuffed Figs au Chocolat? Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake? Valentine’s Day is coming up. If you are looking for something special to do for the ones you love I suggest including chocolate and home cooking straight from the heart (hearth). Our Chocolate: A Resource Guide […]