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The Olden Time Series, Vol. 1: Curiosities of the Old Lottery Gleanings Chiefly from Old Newspapers of Boston and Salem, Massachusetts   By: (1822-1898)

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In "The Olden Time Series, Vol. 1: Curiosities of the Old Lottery Gleanings Chiefly from Old Newspapers of Boston and Salem, Massachusetts" by Henry M. Brooks, readers are taken on a captivating journey into the fascinating world of lotteries in colonial Massachusetts. Published as the first volume of "The Olden Time Series," this book presents a meticulously researched collection of historical newspaper articles, shedding light on the role of lotteries in shaping the social and economic landscapes of Boston and Salem.

Brooks demonstrates a deep understanding of the subject matter, skillfully piecing together a narrative that captures the essence of a bygone era. His passion for the topic is evident through his attention to detail and keen observations. By drawing extensively from old newspapers, he provides readers with a firsthand account of the events and atmosphere surrounding these lotteries, allowing them to truly immerse themselves in the time period.

One of the key strengths of Brooks' work is his ability to present information in a concise and engaging manner. He avoids unnecessary jargon and ensures that the content is accessible to a wide range of readers. Furthermore, his commitment to accuracy is commendable. Each article is accompanied by comprehensive annotations, providing essential context and verifying the information presented.

The book is organized thematically, covering various aspects of lotteries, their impact on society, and the individuals involved. From descriptions of the prizes offered to the moral debates surrounding lotteries, Brooks presents a well-rounded exploration of the topic. Readers will find themselves captivated by the tales of lucky winners, financial scandals, and the underlying ethical questions that perchance brings to the forefront.

Despite the book's academic tone, Brooks masterfully injects moments of liveliness and humor into his narrative. This effectively prevents the content from becoming too dry or monotonous, ensuring that readers remain engaged throughout. Additionally, the inclusion of illustrations, such as old lottery tickets and newspaper clippings, adds a visual appeal to the book and further enhances the reader's understanding of the subject matter.

"The Olden Time Series, Vol. 1: Curiosities of the Old Lottery Gleanings Chiefly from Old Newspapers of Boston and Salem, Massachusetts" is an invaluable resource for history enthusiasts, researchers, and anyone interested in the captivating world of lotteries. Henry M. Brooks presents a compelling and comprehensive account that not only educates readers but also sparks a sense of curiosity about a lesser-known aspect of colonial America. His meticulous research, engaging writing style, and thoughtful annotations make this volume a highly recommended addition to any historical library.

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16mo. Per vol., 50 cents.

There appears to be, from year to year, a growing popular taste for quaint and curious reminiscences of "Ye Olden Time," and to meet this, Mr. Henry M. Brooks has prepared a series of interesting handbooks. The materials have been gleaned chiefly from old newspapers of Boston and Salem, sources not easily accessible, and while not professing to be history, the volumes contain much material for history, so combined and presented as to be both amusing and instructive. The titles of some of the volumes indicate their scope and their promise of entertainment:


"It has been the good fortune of the writer to be allowed a peep at the manuscript for this series and he can assure the lovers of the historical and the quaint in literature that something both valuable and pleasant is in store for them. In the specialties treated of in these books Mr. Brooks has been for many years a careful collector and student, and it is gratifying to learn that the material is to be committed to book form." Salem Gazette.

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