Richmond Exchange for Woman's Work, 309 East Franklin Street [pamphlet]

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Title

Richmond Exchange for Woman's Work, 309 East Franklin Street [pamphlet]

Description

This ephemera pertains to the Richmond Exchange for Woman’s Work, founded in 1883, part of the Woman’s Exchange movement started in Philadelphia in 1832.

Exchanges were popular places for women in hardship to sell goods on consignment without working publicly, a social taboo at the time. Some Exchanges still operate, and while the Richmond Exchange closed in 1955, it launched several female-owned businesses including Sally Bell’s Kitchen, still in business. Its founders—Elizabeth Lee Milton and Sarah Cabell Jones—met through the Richmond Woman’s Exchange. 

A handwritten note at the document's end records "From March 1st 1883
to March 1st 1884 
$2430.80 was paid
to consigners -" 

Printed text excerpts: 

The Association has been organized to aid ladies whose pecuniary circumstances require them to make their own handiwork a means of their support, and also to afford an opportunity by which work may be sold for charitable purposes. 

The rooms of the Exchange are located in a convenient part of the city, and there useful and domestic, fancy and artistic articles are exhibited and sold. Orders for work of all descriptions may be given, and purchasers of tasteful and useful articles may relieve the wants of others while gratifying their own taste.

Source

Manuscripts, Call Number Mss1 M3855 c 4024, Library of the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Virginia Historical Society

Date

1880s

Contributor

Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Virginia Historical Society

Rights

NO COPYRIGHT – UNITED STATES

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Acknowledgement of the Virginia Historical Society as a source is requested.

Notes

Learn more:

Sander, K. W. (1998). The Business of charity: The woman's exchange movement, 1832-1900Urbana: University of Illinois 

Jones, D. G. (2001). A box lunch. Richmond, Va.: D. Jones.

Federation of Woman's Exchanges 

Richmond Exchange for Woman's Work, Social Welfare History Image Portal

Citation

“Richmond Exchange for Woman's Work, 309 East Franklin Street [pamphlet],” Social Welfare History Image Portal, accessed October 20, 2020, https://images.socialwelfare.library.vcu.edu/items/show/544.