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This collection contains 80 nineteenth century trade cards from businesses primarily in Philadelphia (six are from other Pennsylvania location) as well as two decorative images and one three- dimensional square map of Central Europe in German. The cards advertise for a variety of goods and services, including clothing, groceries, beauty and health products, printers, plumbers, jewelers, florists, and more. Many of the cards depict cherubic children, fashionable men and women, prudent consumers using the products advertised, fine art, and include poems, promotions, and manufacturer guarantees. These cards may be of interest to anyone studying methods of advertisement and marketing, graphic design, business history, pharmaceutical history, consumer habits, 19th century fashion and customs, as well as other aspects of Pennsylvania or American social and cultural history.

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Collection Size

.18 cubic feet

Publication Date

June 2018


Advertising and Marketing History, Graphic Design, Pennsylvania Business History, Trade Cards


Cultural History | History | Labor History | Marketing | Social History | United States History

Document Type

Finding Aid

MS-226: Nineteenth Century Pennsylvania Trade Cards