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Object Name Card, Trade
Date ca. 1883
Description Trade card. Tinted lithograph on paper. Illustration of the Brooklyn Bridge with numerous sailing ships and steamships in the water below; a hot air balloon flies above, and above at right is an illustration of a factory with caption "No 4 MILL." The bridge is constructed of thread, spools, bobbins, and crates. Printed inscription in the image: "WILLIMANTIC / SIX CORD / SPOOL COTTON". Inscription in border below: "THE GREAT WILLIMANTIC BRIDGE / CONNECTING ALL THE STATES WITH STRANDS OF SIX CORD SPOOL COTTON." In small print below image: "Forbes Co. Boston". The reverse side has the Willimantic logo printed in the center, with inscription "America Ahead! / All the Honors. / Atlanta, 1881. / ASK FOR IT! BUY IT!! TRY IT!!!" Stamped inscription: "FOR SALE AT / DRAKE'S EMPORIUM, / SUMMERVILLE, S.I." Handwritten inscriptions on reverse around the edges, illegible except for one: "Ella Lake".
(Keywords: New York)
Acquisition Collection of the Staten Island Historical Society
Ownership and History The Brooklyn Bridge opened on May 24, 1883.
Earliest Date 1883
Latest Date 1888
Maker Forbes Lithograph Manufacturing Co.
Material Paper
Subjects Advertising
Trade cards
Lexicon Sub-category Advertising Medium
Associated People Drake, J.S.
Catalog Number X12.0019
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, December 2012.
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