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Client: National Park Service Salem Maritime Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
"Customs Service Exhibit"

There has been a Custom house in Salem, Massachusetts since 1649, when the British were collecting taxes on foreign goods. U.S. Customs were established in 1789 and this building, maintained by the National Park Service, was one of thirteen to house their offices. This last Custom House in Salem houses a museum with a replica of the original Eagle cupola inlaid in table legs and our conservation cases showing the tools of the trade, from a nine foot tall dock scale to a standard yard, which was used to determine the volume in barrels. Artifact mounts enable the visitor to more easily view these tools. A better understanding of their usage is further enhanced by the labeling system and the incorporation of graphics.



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