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7 metamorphic advertising trade cards promoting the use of tobacco products

United States: 1870s-1880s. A grouping of seven (7) metamorphic cards advertising tobacco produced by: Allen's; Blackwell's; D.H. McAlpin & Co.; Jackson's Best; Rail Road Mills; and A.S. Rosenbaum & Co. The advertising gimmick of metamorphic cards was an effective and common one for tobacco products in the late nineteenth century. Each is chromolithographed and measures approx. 3.75" by 3.25". The grouping includes several that reveal a beautiful young woman underneath an old maid, as well as one that reveals Ulysses S. Grant under the democratic Presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden (who would go on to lose to Hayes in 1876). Another gradually reveals no less than five different stereotypical characters as it transforms, each of which enjoy Allens Jewel tobacco. Very good to fine; some light browning. One small rip to the Allen's Jewel card. Traces of adhesive or erased inscriptions to some of the cards.

Price: $425.00

Item #21012765