Trade Card for Dr. Seth Arnold's Cough Killer, 1880-1890

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

Date Made

1880-1890

Subject Date

1880-1890

Creators

Dr. Seth Arnold Medical Corporation 

Schumacher & Ettlinger (Firm) 

Place of Creation

United States, Rhode Island, Woonsocket 

United States, New York, New York 

Creator Notes

Advertised product made by Dr. Seth Arnold Medical Corporation, Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Card lithographed by Schumacher & Ettlinger, New York, New York

Collection Title

Trade Card Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

89.0.541.557

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 2.5 in

Width: 3.75 in

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