Online collections of 19th century trade cards

26 02 2009

I’ve found a collection of Victorian Trade Cards hosted by the Miami University Library and if that is not enough the University of Iowa Libraries also has an online collection

victoriantradecardsTrade cards started to be used in the 17th century by businesses in London a bit like business cards. Often they only advertised the business with the address and a map. In the 19th century with better printing techniques they became more colourful and sophisticated.

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