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Object Name Card, Trade
Date 1880s
Description Trade card. Chromolithograph on paper. Illustration of a woman standing in an interior next to a table, with drapery and an upholstered chair behind her; she is wearing a corset and a petticoat. A scroll with a printed inscription rests on the table: "GUARANTEE / ANY LADY PURCHASING ONE OF / BALL'S COILED SPRING ELAS- / TIC SECTION CORSETS CAN / RETURN IT AFTER WEARING IT THREE / WEEKS TO THE DEALER FROM WHOM / IT WAS BOUGHT, IF NOT FOUND / Perfectly Satisfactory / IN EVERY RESPECT. / AND THE PRICE PAID FOR IT / WILL BE RETURNED." Inscription above and below scroll: "BALL'S / HEALTH / Preserving / CORSETS / The best / in the World." Printed at bottom edge: "SHOBER & CARQUEVILLE LITHO. CO. CHICAGO." Printed on reverse: "GUARANTEE / Any Lady purchasing one of / BALL'S Coiled Spring Elastic / Section CORSETS can return / it, after wearing it three weeks, / to the dealer from whom it was bought, if not found / PERFECTLY SATISFACTORY IN EVERY RESPECT, / and the price paid for it will be / refunded by him, and, if unsala- /ble, the price paid by him will be / refunded by us on its return to / CHICAGO CORSET CO., / CHICAGO, ILL. / FOR SALE BY / M. GREENWALD, / Dry and Fancy Goods, Clothing, Etc., / Shore Road & Richmond Ave., / PORT RICHMOND."
(Keywords: New York)
Acquisition Collection of the Staten Island Historical Society
Ownership and History Ball’s Corset Factory began producing corsets in Aurora, Illinois, in the early 1880s, and became a major manufacturer, with over 600 employees.

The reverse side of this trade card bears the name of Moses Greenwald, a Staten Island merchant. Moses Greenwald immigrated to Staten Island from Prussia in 1850, and for many years was the proprietor of a dry goods store in Port Richmond, along with his sons Abram and Albert. The Greenwalds were among Staten Island's earliest Jewish residents.

Earliest Date 1880
Latest Date 1890
Maker Shober & Carqueville Lithographing Company
Material Paper
Subjects Advertising
Trade cards
Clothing & dress
Lexicon Sub-category Advertising Medium
Associated People Greenwald, Moses
Catalog Number X12.0017
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.