advertising trade cards

“I see, I feel, and I would speak, but my mouth is full of Libby, McNeill, & Libby’s Cooked Corned Beef.” We’ve all been there. 

This circa 1900 trade card is from 1992.229, Advertising Card Collection, in Hagley’s Audiovisual Collections.

me watching the first episode of yugioh
  • Okay, bunch of kids sitting around explaining the rules of a card game, definitely feels like a half-hour trading card commercial, this is pretty much what I was expecting
  • So his grandpa owns a game shop, the better to advertise as many trading cards as possible
  • …wait what.
  • what?
  • what is hap
  • omfg what
  • what??
  • w h a t 
  • wha t??

‘Settle the ancestral question a la Darwin’ - Salvation Oil trade card, late 19th century.

The Oil was sold by A C Meyer & Co, Baltimore, for the treatment of rheumatism, neuralgia, swellings, lumbago, sprains, headache, toothache, cuts, burns, scalds, sores and backache. The reverse of the card advertised Dr Bull’s Cough Syrup.

Source: Jafafa Hots on Flickr



It’s a sad day for the world of comics as we’ve lost one of our true originals, Jack Davis.  His comics graced the pages of E.C. publication like Tales from the Crypt and, most famously, MAD Magazine, of which he was a founding contributor and which he worked on for decades, as well as countless movie posts, album covers, book & magazine covers, trading cards, advertisements, editorial artwork and character design for films such as Mad Monster Party.  He was a vibrant, brilliant artist and he will be missed.

Boston in Winter

If you’ve ever enjoyed rummaging through a box of old photos at a flea market, then you’ll probably enjoy this fantastic photo archive over at Flickr. Put together by The Boston Public Library, it has hundreds of albums centered on themes such as anti-war riots, aviation, and baseball. There are even collections for Victorian-era trade cards (advertising shoes and accessories) and war posters, for those who like vintage artwork.

Shown here are some beautiful images from the set titled “Boston in Winter,” which documents how the New England city looked during the first half of the 20th century. There are lots of charming pictures of kids sledding down hills, families celebrating Christmas at home, postal workers sorting through holiday mail, men and women pushing their way through blizzards, and landscapes of the city covered in snow. Should your town be cold this month, may these images warm your heart as they did mine.

Happy holidays, everyone.

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