Guide to Research CollectionsThe Winterthur Library
Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera
Papers: 1796, 1 volume.
This daybook documents the daily business transactions of a general store in Catawissa, Pennsylvania that was owned by Joseph Hiester. The daybook includes entries for goods sold and documents the availability of dry-goods, food, liquor, hardware, household supplies, books, and stationery. Specific items mentioned include chintz, silk, velvet, shoe buckles, needles, shawls, blankets, beeswax, tobacco, whiskey, Lisbon wine, brandy, screws, hinges, escutcheons, cups and saucers, teapots, chocolate, molasses, tea, almanacs, and paper.