Alphabetical Guide to Arnold Trade Card Collections

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Victorian trade cards were:
Colorful 19th century advertising cards
Usually size ranged from business card to post card
Designed to be so attractive consumers would save them
Unique snapshots of 19th century life 
Published by lithographic printers 
Distributed by "drummers" who walked around looking for customers
Handed out as souvenirs at major exhibitions
Given out as merit awards in schools
Available in stores as free promotions
Dave Cheadle: What are Victorian Trade Cards?

Collection divisions:

About the Collection curator (Jeff Diver):

Other Sites Curated by Jeff:

Of Special Interest...

Earl J. Arnold holding his mother Emma Jane Arnold's 19th century trade card scrapbook
Earl J. Arnold with Emma Jane Arnold's scrapbook

Recommended by the Arnold Collections for further reading:

Trade Cards: An Illustrated History

Trade Cards: An Illustrated History features highlights from the Waxman Collection of Food and Culinary Trade Cards--a remarkable assemblage of advertising trade cards about food and related subjects ca. 1870-1900.

The Trade Card Place
For all who are interested in Victorian Trade Cards used to advertise American goods and services during the late 1800s.

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from the Victorian Arts Store...
Less than a dollar...
worth so much more!

My sister's dog "Bradley" takes a chunk out of my ear, much to my delight!
Jeff says, "catch my ear"