Original Trade Card - "Brouilles!"

Price: $10.00

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Condition: Collectible-Fine

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Original trade card with a color illustration of a caricatured girl and boy with the caption, "Brouilles!" Features a gilt background. The girl wears a green dress and appears to look toward the boy with slight indignation. The boy wears a French military uniform reminiscent of the ones from the Napoleonic era. He haughtily turns away from the girl with his eyes closed and with one hand placed on his hip. No date, circa 1880s-1910s. 3 1/4" x 4 1/4." Trade card is very clean and intact except for slight age toning on front and back. A Fine copy. Trade card for an unidentified company. Printer's information on front: "Bognard [J. Bognard], Paris." Trade cards are antique business cards that first became popular during the late seventeenth century in Paris and Lyon, France and London, England. Trade cards were often given by business owners and proprietors to patrons and customers as a way to promote their businesses. Prior to the use of street addresses, trade cards had maps so clients could locate the associated business. Many of these cards also incorporated elaborate designs, illustrations, and other decorative features. Trade cards became popular in the United States during the nineteenth century in the period after the Civil War. The late nineteenth century also saw the advent of trade card collecting as a hobby. While they are no longer in use, trade cards influenced the formation of trading cards and were the predecessors of modern-day business cards.