Typewriter marketeers of the 19th and early 20th Century did not
have radio or television to spread the word. But as far as printed
matter went, they already knew most tricks in the book.
An interesting phenomenon was the 'trade card', a card with information
about a product that was printed on both sides. Some cards had product-related
information on both sides, but at some point a marketeer came up
with the concept of collectable trade cards.
By printing product information on one side and a general picture
on the other side, the simple piece of advertising was turned into
a desirable collectable for children.
Click the links below to see large images of a number of interesting
trade cards. The files average 20-40 kb, so be patient as they download.
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