Trade Card for the Detroit League Base Ball Club, Sponsored by "Splendid" Plug Tobacco, P. & G. Lorillard, 1886

Summary

In the late 1800s, tobacco companies, like P. Lorillard Company, promoted their brand by placing trade cards in packages of tobacco for customers to collect. This card features the 1886 Detroit League Base Ball Club. The National League team formed in 1881 and was named the Wolverines. The team would win the pennant in 1887 before disbanding after the 1888 season.

In the late 1800s, tobacco companies, like P. Lorillard Company, promoted their brand by placing trade cards in packages of tobacco for customers to collect. This card features the 1886 Detroit League Base Ball Club. The National League team formed in 1881 and was named the Wolverines. The team would win the pennant in 1887 before disbanding after the 1888 season.

Artifact

Trade card

Date Made

1886

Subject Date

1886

Creators

Detroit League Baseball Club 

P. & G. Lorillard (Firm) 

J.H. Bufford & Co. 

Tomlinson (Photographer) 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Detroit 

Creator Notes

Advertiser: Detroit League Baseball Club, Detroit, Michigan. Sponsored by P. & G. Lorillard. Card printed by J. H. Bufford & Co. Photographs by Frank N. Tomlinson.

Collection Title

Trade Card Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

87.7.4.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 5.5 in

Width: 4 in