Trade Card for Dr. Harter's Iron Tonic, 1875-1890

Summary

In the last third of the nineteenth century, an unprecedented variety of consumer goods flooded the American market. Some enterprising advertisers sought to distinguish their products from the competition, distributing trade cards that doubled as bookmarks or included an activity. Americans enjoyed and often saved the popular little advertisements, which survive as historical records of consumerism in the United States.

In the last third of the nineteenth century, an unprecedented variety of consumer goods flooded the American market. Some enterprising advertisers sought to distinguish their products from the competition, distributing trade cards that doubled as bookmarks or included an activity. Americans enjoyed and often saved the popular little advertisements, which survive as historical records of consumerism in the United States.

Artifact

Trade card

Date Made

1875-1890

Subject Date

1875-1890

Collection Title

Trade Card Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

89.0.541.499

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Printing (Process)

Color

Royal blue (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 2.75 in

Width: 4.75 in

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