Picturing Our History

Promoting local business

    Before air conditioning was common place in homes and businesses in Ashland, paper fans were handed out by local businesses. This fan, given out by Marcy Mortuary, promoted the idea of supporting local businesses to create a “Bigger and Better Ashland.” On the back was printed a list of reasons, called “A Dozen Points for Home Town Progress,” why shopping in local stores and using local services was so vital to the success of communities like Ashland. The first reason said, “If a city is worth living in it is worth trading in.” Something to think about in modern times, when we are so eager to spend our money in nearby cities. (Photo provided by the Ashland Historical Society)

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