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Object Name Card, Trade
Artist Donaldson Brothers
Date ca. 1883
Description Trade card. Chromolithograph on paper. Humorous illustration of a high-wheel bicycle race, with the bicycle wheels made of spools of "CLARK'S / MILE END / SPOOL COTTON" thread. A man and woman are on the lead bicycle; the woman turns and waves her handkerchief at the riders behind her, who have fallen to the ground with their bicycles. Printed inscription on reverse lists the advantages of Clark's Mile-End Spool Cotton Best Six Cord. Printed at bottom of inscription on reverse: "Donaldson Brothers, Five Points, N.Y."
Acquisition From Alice Austen
Ownership and History This trade card for the Clark Mile-End Spool Cotton Company depicts a race featuring high wheel bicycles with tires made of spools of thread. The winning bicycle, of course, is powered by the Clark's brand.

Donaldson Brothers printing firm was located in the Five Points neighborhood of lower Manhattan, New York City. It was established in 1872 and merged with the American Lithographic Company in 1892.

This card is part of a collection of personal items that came to the Staten Island Historical Society from photographer Alice Austen in 1945.

Earliest Date 1883
Latest Date 1890
Maker Donaldson Brothers
Material Paper
Subjects Advertising
Bicycles & tricycles
Sewing equipment & supplies
Ephemera
Lexicon Sub-category Advertising Medium
Associated People Austen, E. Alice
Catalog Number 45.002.0012
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, December 2012.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.