Trade card scrapbook, .
OM TR465 .S393454 1883  p. : ill., photographs; 38 cm.
"Readers should be warned that some of the text and images from this collection are considered racially offensive by today's standards. The materials are presented in order to provide an accurate historical view of the advertising industry's depiction of culture during the late 19th century."
Scrapbook filled with trade cards (dated about 1883) as well as greeting cards and other small chromolithographed cards, all pasted onto sheets of an album bound in cloth over thin boards with heavy decoration in gilt, silver, red, and cobalt blue. Every square inch of usable interior surface area densely decorated with a profusion of 19th-century commercial Americana, including trade cards of many shapes, sizes, and description; African-Americana; die cuts; embossed; comic-strip format; vintage travel; fruit crate labels; photographs; postcards; and cigar labels are only a few of the genres represented in this artfully crafted Victorian-era scrapbook (the dated items fall between 1850s-1880s). Also includes several photographs. Many of the trade cards advertise services or products sold or manufactured in Pennsylvania, especially in the locality of Mauch Chunk (now Jim Thorpe).