by Shanna Hatfield
I have a large filing cabinet in my office that I use on a daily basis. I never gave much thought to it, other than the convenience it provides, until I was writing about a woman who runs a business in the 1880s and wondered what sort of filing system she might use.
The need for a place to store documents has been around as long as documents have existed.
It wasn't until the early part of the 1800s that something similar to today's filing cabinets came into existence. They were crafted from wood, quite often oak, and cabinet makers sometimes added a layer of insulation, often sawdust, inside the cabinets to make them "fireproof."
In 1868, Cameron Amberg & Co., was established. They produced their first cabinet letter files in 1875. They used metal in some of the drawers of their productions and have a patent date that goes back to 1878. By 1893, the name of the company changed to Amberg Letter & File Co. Specifically, the company produced cabinets to hold letter files.
The Globe Wernicke Company, known for stackable office bookcases, made the vertical cabinets and began selling them in the 1890s. One of the original filing boxes has been on display in the Smithsonian institute since the 1940s.
To find out more about my heroine had her business, check out Grass Valley Brides.
What’s a matchmaker to do when the husband-to-be rejects the bride?
Again . . .
Widowed as a young wife, Cara Cargill turned her head for business and love of romance into a successful mail-order bride enterprise. She’s never had a problem matching couples until one mule-headed man continues to refuse to wed the women she sends to meet him in Grass Valley, Oregon. In an effort to make a match he’ll keep and uphold her sterling reputation, Cara is desperate to find the perfect bride.
USA Today bestselling author Shanna Hatfield is a farm girl who loves to write. Her sweet historical and contemporary romances are filled with sarcasm, humor, hope, and hunky heroes. When Shanna isn’t dreaming up unforgettable characters, twisting plots, or covertly seeking dark, decadent chocolate, she hangs out with her beloved husband, Captain Cavedweller.
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