Trade Card for Cultivating Tools, Syracuse Chilled Plow Co., circa 1880

Summary

In the last third of the nineteenth century, an unprecedented variety of consumer goods and services flooded the American market. Advertisers, armed with new methods of color printing, bombarded potential customers with trade cards. Americans enjoyed and often saved the vibrant little advertisements found in product packages or distributed by local merchants. Many survive as historical records of commercialism in the United States.

In the last third of the nineteenth century, an unprecedented variety of consumer goods and services flooded the American market. Advertisers, armed with new methods of color printing, bombarded potential customers with trade cards. Americans enjoyed and often saved the vibrant little advertisements found in product packages or distributed by local merchants. Many survive as historical records of commercialism in the United States.

Artifact

Trade card (Advertising)

Date Made

circa 1880

Subject Date

circa 1880

Creators

Syracuse Chilled Plow Company 

Henry G. Kulp & Company 

J.H. Bufford & Co. 

Place of Creation

United States, New York, Syracuse 

United States, Pennsylvania, Pottstown 

United States, Massachusetts, Boston 

Creator Notes

Product manufactured by Syracuse Chilled Plow Co. (Syracuse, New York). Sold by Henry G. Kulp & Co. (Pottstown, Pennsylvania). Lithography by J.H. Bufford & Co. (Boston, Massachusetts).

Collection Title

Trade Card Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

90.0.281.107

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 5.75 in

Width: 3.25 in

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