Nineteenth-Century American Trade Cards

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Nineteenth-Century American Trade Cards


This collection consists of one hundred American trade cards printed during the late nineteenth century. The majority of the cards are for businesses in the Northeast, including Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire. Other states, primarily in the northern United States, are represented as well and approximately thirteen cards have unknown locations. The cards advertise a wide range of businesses and products such as confectioneries, dry goods stores, home furnishings stores, clothing stores, tailors, pharmacists, medicines, household soaps, and sewing machines. They contain brightly colored images of flowers, animals and children. Many of the cards are stock cards, or widely distributed cards, that contain an image and a space for a business to add its name or stamp. As a result, the same card is used to advertise different products or businesses.

The collection is part of the “Victorian ephemera, 1849-1979, undated” collection housed in the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department. It was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Edward G. Levy. Please contact the department for more information.

Preferred Citation:

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should use the following information: Victorian Ephemera, 1840-1979, undated, Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University

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