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     I'm curating a photo exhibit of national/local architecture
during the period c. 1870-1920 for the Brattleboro Museum & Art
Center and have a question for those with a broader knowledge of
the period in Vermont.

     It seems to me that virtually all commercial activity in
Brattleboro and elsewhere in Vermont c. 1850 was very local,
providing goods and services to single towns and their immediate
areas. But by the 1870s, after the railroads arrived,
manufacturers were producing more goods, and more unusual goods,
than could be consumed locally, and were shipping nationally and
internationally.

     My picture of Vermont c. 1870 is of a state hit hard by
Civil War losses and farm abandonment. So where did the
population and capital come from to back the enormous commercial
expansion of the 1870s and 1880s?

--Richard
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