247 Years Ago Today
Sunday 8th of January 1775Printer and type designer John Baskerville dies of unknown causes at the age of 69 in Easy Hill, Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom.
It was one of three small businesses to form in the small town that was sold for £5 each during the War of 1812 and the other two being destroyed by the Allies. As the following text was read on Sunday of February 4, 1575: "On March 13th, 1812, an important business to the town in the town of Easy Hill was destroyed by enemy shelling but survived. When Mr Baskerville got his order of repair repaired but only to no greater advantage than that which the business held, he took a number of small shops ready, supplied them with provisions and set out to sell them for a heavy price." It was then that the town saw the first ever Christmas market being held in the town. People from around the city were very excited to find this beautiful place open to the public. On April 18, 1778 a company was established which produced Christmas gifts. The company offered a variety of Christmas merchandise. These included many Christmas trees and Christmas dolls. These included candles and a box of candles from which a variety of presents could be purchased. On May 25th, 1783, a couple were sent Christmas presents of a Christmas tree, a box of Christmas lamps, a Christmas casket and a box of candy.