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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 786

American advertising trade cards,

Trade cards advertising various American products and services in the late 19th-century.

Dates

  • 1877-1887 and undated.

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Extent

1 collection (.25 linear feet (1 box))

Illustrated 19th-century trade cards, advertising various American products and services, such as soaps, tobacco products, a dental office, boat trips, and others.

Biographical / Historical

Trade cards were small printed sheets, and later cards, bearing tradesmen's advertisements, often including an engraved illustration; produced from the 17th through the 19th-century.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by name of company or by title.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2010MT-11. Gift of Thomas Garrett; received: 2010 October 9.

Forms part of the Fredric Woodbridge Wilson Collection of Theater, Dance and Music (Harvard Theatre Collection).

General note

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Link to catalog
Title
American advertising trade cards, 1877-1887: Guide.
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Description rules
dacs
EAD ID
hou02268

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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