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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Shopping Saturday: Alexander Smiley's Ready-Made Clothing Store

Nashville Whig, 1 December 1817, page 3

In 1817 Alexander Smiley opened a ready-made clothing shop next to the post office in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee. The clothes were reasonably priced. At this time, there was not much variety in ready-made clothing; it mostly consisted of coats, jackets, and undergarments. (National Institute of Standards and Technology Virtual Museum, Short History of Ready-Made Clothing.)

Alexander Smiley planned to start selling shoes as well. Less than a year later, he sold both shoes and boots.

Nashville Whig, 14 November 1818, page 1

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