W.T. Keyes, man lost to time.


W.T. Keyes, man lost to time.

They say that you can't take it with you, which, self evidently means, leaving all worldy possessions to the care of descendants.Familial pride would be the only motivation to preserve belongings in the private sector. In the public sector, oftentimes the issues of trademark and copyright are the motivating factors in the preservation of artifacts, that would, under other circumstances be relegated to the trash heap. A prime example are the broadsides of dry goods merchant W.T. Keys, of Jacksonville, New York.

Advertisements for W.T. Keyes.

Were it not for the preservation of these two broadsides, Mr. Keyes, as well as the hamlet of Jacksonville New York may very well have passed from obscurity to anonymity. In searching down Mr. Keyes, his venture mirrored the very life of the village in which it was situated. The village had a promising start in the early 19th century, but the population dwindled, and the real estate being absorbed into the village of Livonia.

The artifacts not only appeal to the ocular sense but upon the pages is a auricular legacy, which we are able to present here through the artistic skills of  Kevin Edward Gane.


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We would like to extend our sincerest thanks and recognize the assistance of Anna Warden Bauersmith for her advise and assistance in tracking down the nebulous information on the hamlet of Jacksonville, N.Y.. 




This article was published on Friday 22 April, 2022.
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