1850: Cheap stoves at Cheap Store

During the 1800s, Stroudsburg merchant George Malven operated a shop in the borough, selling an assortment of parlour and cooking  stoves. In addition to selling stoves, Malven had a side business, a tin shop.

Ad for the "Cheap Store" published in The Jeffersonian

One unique aspect of the stove/tin-shop business was that it was often referred to as the Cheap Store. Presumably, Malven offered his wares at low prices.

In September 1850, Malven received a shipment of stoves, which he advertised for sale in the Jeffersonian Republican, a Stroudsburg newspaper of the time:

Just received for sale at the cheap Store of G. Malven, in Stroudsburg, Monroe county, Pa., the largest, cheapest and best assortment of STOVES  in the County, which he will sell as low as can be bought this side of New York.

He has also connected with his store, a TIN-SHOP, and keeps constantly on hand a complete assortment of Tin Ware. All kinds of work in that line done at short notice and reasonable price.


Read a page from the Jeffersonian Republican on which the ad originally appeared.

Courtesy of Library of Congress’ Chronicling America.




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