Monday, 5 October 2015

Trade Cards - part 2

Clark's Mile-End Spool Cotton
Victorian trade cards became an early form of collectible advertising, particularly in the United States. Popularised after the Civil war by businesses, they offer a colourful and diverse look at popular culture and society in the late 1800s.

The advent of lithography in the 1870s made it possible to mass-produce them in colour, leading to a golden age from 1876 to the early 1900s, when halftone printed newspaper and magazine advertisements became more economical.

Trade cards typically had a picture on one side and an advertisement on the other.

This is part 2 of a 6-part series on Trade Cards. For other examples see part 1 also.


Chase & Sanborn's Famous Seal Brand Tea (die-cut)

Chase & Sanborn's Famous Seal Brand Tea (die-cut)

Chase & Sanborn's Famous Seal Brand Tea (die-cut)

Chicorée, Arlatte & Cie, Cambrai, France

Chocolat Poulain, France

Maison Louit Frères & Co., France

Maison Louit Frères & Co., France

Cie. Beaujolaise

Cinderella Stoves and Ranges

Clark's Mile-End Spool Cotton

Clark's Mile-End Spool Cotton

Clark's Mile-End Spool Cotton

Clark's Mile-End Spool Cotton

Clark's O.N.T. Spool Cotton

Clark's O.N.T. Spool Cotton

Clark's O.N.T. Spool Cotton

Clark's O.N.T. Spool Cotton (die-cut)

Clark's O.N.T. Spool Cotton

Clark's O.N.T. Spool Cotton - front (die-cut and folded)

Clark's O.N.T. Spool Cotton - back (die-cut and folded)

Clark's O.N.T. Spool Cotton - opened (die-cut and folded)

Clark's O.N.T. Spool Cotton - front (die-cut with moving parts)

Clark's O.N.T. Spool Cotton - back (die-cut with moving parts)

Clark's O.N.T. Spool Cotton

Cobb, Bates & Yerxa, Boston (Grocers)

Generic Trade Card (Coffee Mill)

Colburn's Philadelphia Mustard (die-cut)

Colgate & Co's "New" Soap


Chase, Isherwood Co., Toledo, Ohio (Consolation Smoking Tobacco)

Cooper and Conard (Dry Goods)

Cosmo Buttermilk Soap Co., Chicago, IL - front (die-cut with moving parts)

Cosmo Buttermilk Soap Co., Chicago, IL back (die-cut with moving parts)

Cosmo Buttermilk Soap Co., Chicago, IL inside (die-cut with moving parts)


Cotton & Thomas, Nashua, NH (Grocers)

Crosby Flour (with opening doors)

David Kimball & Co., Portsmouth, NH

David S. Brown & Co.'s Fine Toilet Soap (die-cut)

Davis' OK Baking Powder

Decker Brothers Piano Manufacturers, New York

Domestic Sewing Machine Co., New York

Dr. J. Lamoreux (Druggist)

Dr. Jayne's Tonic Vermituge

Dr. T. S. McNeil's Pain Exterminator

Dr. Thomas' Eclectric Oil

Ed. F. Brown, Ipswich, MA (Druggist)

Ed. F. Brown, Ipswich, MA (Druggist)

Ed. F. Brown, Ipswich, MA (Druggist)

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