Early Statehood, 1892-1885

On February 21, 1891, Washington State's 2nd Legislature passed House Bill No. 134, "An Act in relation to trade marks," which stated that "Any person may adopt, for the exclusive use of said person, any mark, vignette, monogram or other device...not already in the rightful use of any other person in this state, to be known as a trade mark."  The intention was to identify and distinguish by whom goods were being made and sold in Washington.  There are approximately 3,000 expired trademarks preserved by the Washington State Archives.  The eight note cards included in this package are unretouched scans of trademark designs submitted to the Secretary of State between 1892 and 1897.

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