This paper envelope was found at an estate sale in Pittsburg Texas. It has a very nice etching of Parson’s Business College in Kalamazoo Michigan. The cover is postmarked Kalamazoo on the front and Agricultural College Michigan on the back. Agricultural College later became Michigan State University and is still located in Lansing Michigan.
The envelope is addressed to George Lincoln Teller an 1888 graduate from Agricultural College of Michigan and went on to become an industrial chemist.
“Parsons’ Business College—the second oldest school of its kind in the state—was established in 1869 by Abdiel Campbell Parsons, president of the Ann Arbor Business College, and his brother, William Franklin Parsons, who taught penmanship at the Ann Arbor school. Opened in December 1869 as “The Kalamazoo Business College and Telegraphic Institute,” Parsons’ school offered up to 28 timely subjects “pertaining to an accurate acquaintance with business” (Telegraph), including single and double-entry bookkeeping, banking, railroading, steam-boating, brokerage, insurance, commission, commercial law, business arithmetic, telegraphy, and penmanship.”
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