Victorian Trade Cards (page 1/2)

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Trade Cards were a huge craze in the 1880s up to maybe 1900. They were small pictures either produced as a form of adverising or cut out from newspapers or magazines and vey often pasted into scrapbooks.

Where the reverse of a card looks interesting I have scanned it.

Title: Victorian Trade Cards

Author: Various

City: London

Date: 1890

Total items: 5

Out of copyright (called public domain in the USA), hence royalty-free for all purposes usage credit requested, or as marked.

Some sample images

[picture: Bird fishing]

Bird fishing

In this 1880s trade card there’s a group of creatures at a pond. In the foreground stands a long-necked bird, a crane, wearing a hat with feathers and carrying a leather satchel. The ird has caught a lobster. In the background a frog chases a bitterfly [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Cartoon: barefoot boy fishing]

Cartoon: barefoot boy fishing

A boy wearing a broad-brimmed sun-hat, a shirt, ragged breeches held up with suspenders, and who has bare feet, stands on a rock by a river and holds a fishing rod. [more...] [$]

[picture: Reverse of A & P trade card]

Reverse of A & P trade card

The back of this trade card lists all of the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co.’s branch houses in the USA. By 1925 there were 14,000 stores and by 1937 A&P opened its first supermarket; it’s still one of the largest grocery store operators in Norh America. But at the time of this trade card there were only approximately 110 branch houses. Chicago branches are mentioned, [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Back of boy fishing cartoon]

Back of boy fishing cartoon

I scanned this, the reverse side of a cartoon about a boy fishing, because the typography somewhat dates the cartoon. [more...] [$]

[picture: Girl in the window: Atlantic and Pascific Tea Company 1880s Trade Card]

Girl in the window: Atlantic and Pascific Tea Company 1880s Trade Card

This trade card from the 1880s was made as an advert for the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company. It features a girl in a blue and white dress with blue ribbons in her hair resting her elobows on [...] [more...] [$]


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Trade Cards were a huge craze in the 1880s up to maybe 1900. They were small pictures either produced as a form of adverising or cut out from newspapers or magazines and vey often pasted into scrapbooks.

Where the reverse of a card looks interesting I have scanned it.


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