Here are a few more things I got at the antique mall that I talked about in the second to last post. I should probably mention that these items came from the same booth as mentioned before.
I only started collecting trade cards this year, and admittedly don't know as much as I should about them. I didn't really need another thing to collect, especially since at times it seems like I already dabble in just about everything under the sun. But I guess when your a pack rat (bordering on hoarder) and interested in non shiny objects, you don't really have much say in the matter.
Trade cards were in an early form of advertising in this country primarily from right after the civil war to the early 1900's, although they started in England in the late 1700's. What I find the most interesting about them is the fact that any particular card could be the only one of it's kind left, since a lot of them didn't survive. Although since it was a popular hobby at the time, there are quite a lot that were preserved in scrapbooks.
This first one is my favorite and the only one I have done any research on:
It's really neat to read the price list on the back of this next one:
Here is one with a philatelic tie-in:
This last one is obviously damaged but I had to have it, since the face on the moon made me think of
the old silent film "A Trip to the Moon".
I will end the post with an autographed postcard of Richard Martin that I found while searching through a box of oversized baseball cards from the 80's. Sorry for the glare on the image.
Also I have made a few small changes to the look of the blog and since I still don't really know what I'm doing, any feedback would be greatly appreciated.