Using ProQuest Historical Newspapers Chicago Tribune (1849 – 1987) to search the Chicago Tribune for all entries under Millinery we find the first advertisement on April 21, 1852. It is 1 of 80022 search findings.
Great Attraction for the Ladies!
Has just returned from New York with a beautiful assortment of FRENCH MILLINERY GOODS, selected by her from the Latest Styles and Importations.
Her stock is ample and complete, comprising all the Newest Styles and Fashions, making the most tasteful and elegant assortment of
Ever brought to Chicago, all of which she will open on MONDAY, April 25th, for the inspection of the Ladies.
Mrs. A having the agency of one of the largest importing houses in New York, can now supply Country Milliners with Goods at N.Y. cost, adding transportation.
142 Lake St 142
Over L. D. Olmsted & Co,’s-up stairs
But if one takes a moment to scan the entire page this ad was taken from, we also find one just below the Anderson opening ad:
Two or three good Milliners. None need apply but first rate hands.
Mrs. Anderson 142 Lake st.
What a great opportunity for an ambitious and talented applicant. Be the first to see what Mrs. A brings back from her twice yearly trips to NY. Maybe the influx of Country Milliners requires more hands on deck to handle the customers, and to create the latest bonnets.
AND then there is also another big draw: to work over the Olmsted store gives one the chance to see their selection of dry goods. Make money upstairs and spend it downstairs. What milliner has not invested earnings into many temptations to make more hats. Doubt that was ever a problem for a plumber-were there plumbers back in 1852? Time to look into the history of plumbing next-or not.
Happy 25th day of 2011!