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Trade cards ephemera collection, circa 1880-1900 TC EPH
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  • Contributing Institution: California Historical Society
    Title: Trade cards ephemera collection
    Identifier/Call Number: TC EPH
    Physical Description: 6 boxes
    Date (inclusive): circa 1880-1900
    Language of Material: Collection is primarily in English. A few trade cards are in Spanish.
    Abstract: Consists of trade cards advertising a variety of trades, goods, and services. The bulk of the materials are color lithographs dating from 1880-1900. Some of the trades, goods and services advertised include food and beverages, household goods, furniture, clothing, shoes, pharmacies, medicines and tonics.


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    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Director of the Library and Archives, North Baker Research Library, California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105. Consent is given on behalf of the California Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], [File name], Trade cards ephemera collection, California Historical Society.

    Related Ephemera Collections

    California Business Ephemera Collection

    Processing Information

    Processed by Jaime Henderson in 2016.

    System of Arrangement

    Collection is arranged alphabetcally, first by type of trade depicted in the card and then by name of business or product being advertised.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection contains trade cards advertising various companies, products or services. The bulk of the cards are color lithographs dating from 1880 - 1900s. Significant trades represented include: clothing and dry goods; food and provisions; medicines and tonics; sewing threads; shoes; and tobacco. There is also a section of blank sample trade cards and trade cards on which a business is advertised but the type of trade is unidentified.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Advertising cards.
    California Ephemera Project.
    Trade cards.