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    Posted 9 years ago

    rniederman
    (325 items)

    Just when I thought the last set of Frank Pearsall trade cards was unusual, I acquire a c.1881 trade card illustrating a kid stealing a pig. The byline says: “The holidays are coming; make no delay in having your Pictures taken at the Old Established Gallery of G. Frank E. Pearsall.” Huh!? I’m puzzled. Is Pearsall suggesting that pigs are good to photograph during the holidays?

    The second image is c.1880 and a bit more conventional. It too advertises photo-portraits for the holidays, but at least the illustration is pretty with a beautiful metallic gold colored background. As with the first posting, this card is also copyrighted by F. Todd.

    The styles and subject matter couldn’t be more different ... then again, how are these illustrations (including my previous post of three odd caricatures trade cards) expected to bring people into a photo studio? Marketing must have been really different in the 1880s.

    Okay ... I’m baffled yet humored by these colorful and lively trade cards.

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    Comments

    1. walksoftly walksoftly, 9 years ago
      Very interesting how things change over time, it's like they are written in a foreign language.

      Image # 1 "Don't get caught napping"
    2. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, Phil!
    3. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      walksoftly ... thanks and excellent observation! It makes sense.
    4. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, mustangtony!
    5. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, officialfuel!
    6. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, vetraio50!
    7. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, Sean!
    8. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, bratjdd!
    9. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks again, Sean!
    10. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, inky!
    11. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, Sean!
    12. SEAN68 SEAN68, 9 years ago
      Your very welcome Rob!!!!
    13. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, geo26e!
    14. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, DrFluffy!
    15. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, Virginia.vintage and aghcollect!
    16. rniederman rniederman, 6 years ago
      Thanks, ho2cultcha!

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