Call for Philip Morris!!! | ReginaJeffers’s Blog

Recently, I did a post on the R. J. Reynolds tobacco company and Camel® cigarettes. One of my friends, who smoked Philip Morris for years, asked what I knew of the Philip Morris company beyond the …

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Regency History: Ackermann’s Repository

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The Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions, and Politics was a monthly periodical that was published from 1809 to 1829 by Rudolph Ackermann. It is often referred to as Ackermann’s Repository of Arts or simply Ackermann’s Repository.

As its full name suggests, Ackermann’s Repository was not just a fashion periodical but covered a wide range of subjects within its pages. The magazine included travel writing and poetry, comments on the arts and details of new publications, society reports, forthcoming lectures and musical reviews. It also included more serious material – a ‘retrospect of politics’, reports on law, medicine and agriculture, a meteorological journal and details of the London markets.

The Repository was quite an expensive magazine – in 1817 its cover price was 4s which is equivalent to about £11 in 2010 (1).

Cultivating a taste for the arts

In the first issue, published for January 1809, Ackermann included an ‘introduction to…

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Tulip Mania: Madness in the 17th Century Netherlands | A R T L▼R K

On the 3rd of February 1637, the tulip mania collapsed in the United Provinces (now the Netherlands) as sellers could no longer find buyers for their bulb contracts. Tulip mania refers to a period in the Dutch Golden Age during which contract prices for tulip bulbs reached astronomical levels. This phenomenon resulted in all kinds of financial speculations, gambling, and, in the aftermath of this period, had a disastrous impact on Dutch commerce.

The first tulips were brought to Europe from Turkey around 1554. Allegedly, Ogier de Busbecq, the ambassador of Ferdinand I to the Sultan of Turkey, sent the first tulip bulbs to Vienna, from where they were soon distributed to Augsburg, Antwerp and Amsterdam. The flowers’ unusual nature and exotic beauty quickly caught the eyes of the wealthy. That is why initially the possession of tulips was attributed to status. With time, however, the tulip mania spread among the people of all backgrounds and financial resources.

“In 1634, the rage among the Dutch to possess them was so great that the ordinary industry of the country was neglected, and the population, even to its lowest dregs, embarked in the tulip trade. As the mania increased, prices augmented, until…

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