California Trademarks

 Archives receives NHPRC grant to digitize early trademarks

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Lithograph of a woman holding an oil lamp aloft. The lamp is glowing and the words "Signal Light Illuminating Oil" hovers above it. The lamp oil is further described as "brilliant, odorless, and safe."The California State Archives, in conjunction with The Friends of California Archives, is pleased to announce the beginning of a new National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) funded project. The NHPRC awarded The Friends of California Archives money to support “For Their Protection: Digitizing California's 19th Century Trademark Files,” a project to digitize approximately 24,000 pages from the collection of Trademark Registrations and Specimens, Old Series, 1861-1900 at the California State Archives. Included in the collection are trademarks and specimens from Levi Strauss & Co. jeans, early California wineries' bottle labels, Kentucky bourbon distilleries labels, 19th century medicines and tonics, and the original trademark registered to Anheuser Busch for its Budweiser lager. The project ran from April 2014 through March 2015.

See images from the project.

A description of the Trademark Series within the Secretary of State's Records can be found on the Online Archive of California.

"Signs of the Times": California Trademark Art An article written by The Friends of California Archives.

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