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Giving ourselves the business

By Katherine A. Powers
Globe Correspondent / August 22, 2010

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Long ago, I worked as an archivist in one of the world’s greatest repositories of business records, collections that went back centuries. Among them were the papers of 19th-century American firms that had sent out their correspondence, bills, and receipts on stationery printed with steel-engraved letterhead of astonishing detail. The engravings projected the might and beneficence of mills, machine works, ... (Full article: 1029 words)

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