Report repeated from p. 332 of the March 15th bulletin, when scheduled for spring publication, as follows. ""The role the...

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THE YANKEE PEDDLERS OF EARLY AMERICA

Report repeated from p. 332 of the March 15th bulletin, when scheduled for spring publication, as follows. ""The role the peddler played in emergent America offers Mr. Dolan an excuse for a pleasant excursion into the past. Stretching the definition beyond that of itinerant salesman, it extends to the men who dealt in skills and services -- from tinkers, weavers and cabinet makers to doctors, ministers and lawyers. From the mid 1600's when enterprising young men bought small goods from returning sailors at the Boston pier and started on their routes by Indian path or river with pack or raft, through the post-Revolutionary period with stagecoaches and toll roads, then an abundance of inns and taverns easing travel, to the coming of the railroads (managed by such peddler alumni as Jim Fisk), the peddler has a pervasive if not influential effect on American life. Mr. Dolan is as interested in the peddler's wares-- many present-day desirables known as antiques--as he is in the men who carried them. His book is a catchall of anecdotes and odd fact varied as a Yankee peddler's pack.

Pub Date: Nov. 24, 1964

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Crown-Clarkson Potter

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 1964