detroit advertising

View of an advertising card for the Schilling Corset Company. Card is a humorous depiction of owls and frogs. Printed on front: “Dissipation. Compliments of Schilling Corset Co., Detroit, Mich. Copyright 1886. Richmond & Co., Buffalo, N.Y.” Price list and drawing of corset on back.

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View of an advertising card for the Detroit Soap Co., depicting a rose, a bird and a winter landscape. Printed on front: “Detroit Exposition. Queen Anne soap souvenir. See other side.” Printed on back: “Queen Anne soap, best in the world. The finest line of pictures in the country, sent free for the wrappers. Over 400 designs, also scrap book pictures, booklets, etc., etc. See list of premiums wrapped around each cake. When in Detroit, visit the Queen Anne Soap Art Gallery, 183 Dix Avenue and see our great exhibition of pictures. No finer collection in the United States.”

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View of an advertising card for the Detroit Soap Co., depicting two cats on a windowsill. Printed on front: “Use Detroit Soap Co.’s Queen Anne soap. The best family soap in the world.”

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February is National Bird-Feeding Month!

View of an advertising card for R.H. Fyfe & Co., advertising Edwin C. Burt shoes. Card depicts a girl feeding a bird. Printed on front: “Edwin C. Burt & Co., manufacturer of fine shoes, New York. Presented by R.H. Fyfe & Co., 101 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Mich. Copyrighted 1882, the Major & Knapp Lith. Co., N.Y.” Calendar for 1883 printed on back.

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View of an advertising card for A. Donnely, depicting roses. Printed on back: “Holiday goods! Christmas cards, school supplies and notions. Books, stationery, fine candies, nuts, etc. Gent’s furnishing goods. A. Donnely, 117 St. Aubin Avenue.”

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View of an advertising card for the A.W. Curtis Laboratories. Printed on front: “Request complete information about the rubbing oil from your dealer. For quick relief from aches, pains, muscular soreness and tired feet use Curtis rubbing oil. Recognize our products by the trade mark Dr. George W. Carver, reg. U.S. Pat. Off. Accept no substitutes. The A.W. Curtis Laboratories, 6330 30th Street, Detroit 10, Mich.” Printed on back: “Did you know that Dr. Carver produced 300 products from the peanut? A.W. Curtis Jr. assistant to the late Dr. George W. Carver photographed in their laboratory while developing Curtis rubbing oil. The prophesy of a great scientist has come to pass. The late Dr. George W. Carver said of A.W. Curtis Jr., ‘Through you I see an extension of my work.’ As was predicted his work and traditions are being carried forward by the A.W. Curtis Laboratories. To see our complete line of products phone Tyler 5-9866 and a representative will call at your home, without cost, so that you might inspect them. Watch for the courteous Curtis dealer with the Carver products. It pays to wait. Your dealer [blank].”

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View of an advertising card for L.L. Farnsworth, depicting a boy and girl. Printed on front: “Why cousin! You ought to get Joyce Protection toe shoes; they will never wear out at the toe! Donaldson Brothers, Five Points, N.Y.” Printed on back: “Parents, shoes made with the Joyce Protection will never wear through at the toe, are as neat as without any protection, and adapted to the finest quality of shoes. Thousands of pairs worn and never failed. We have them for sale. Give them a trial and satisfy yourselves of their utility. L.L. Farnsworth, dealer in boots, shoes and rubbers, Detroit, Mich. Fearey’s Albany shoes with Joyce Protection toes a specialty.”

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View of an advertising card for Bleazby’s, depicting a group of ice skaters caroling. Printed on front: “Should old acquaintance be forgot?” Printed on inside: “Christmas would not be Christmas but for the happy interchange of wishes – Dickens. A discount of 10% on personal cards during October. Bleazby’s, 31 East Adams, Detroit.”

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View of an advertising card for American Injector Co., depicting a woman washing dishes, and holding a pitcher. Printed on front: “Patent steam dish washer. World no. 90 injector, Detroit, Mich. The Calvert Lith. Co. Detroit.” Printed on back: “American Injector Co. manufacturers of American and world injectors, every injector warranted to give satisfaction, or money refunded. Jet pumps, ejectors and fire plugs. 175 Larned Street W., Detroit, Mich.”

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View of an advertising card for Eaton Bros., advertising J. & P. Coats thread. Card depicts a young girl holding a spool of thread. Printed on front: “J. & P. Coats’ best six-cord thread. White, black and color for hand and machine. Compliments of Eaton Bros. Dry goods, notions and gents’ furnishings. 445 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, Mich.” Printed on back: “J & P. Coats’ best six cord thread. White, black and color for hand and machine. Major Knapp & Co., Lith., N.Y.”

  • Courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library