19th Century Advertising Trade Cards



Victorian Advertising Trade Cards provide unique “snapshots” of 19th Century history and life.

This “TOPICS” section includes a growing library of articles covering every kind of THEME from gender roles and ethnic stereotypes to 1800’s celebrities, fads, sports, and entertainment.

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Collectors of Antique and Vintage items of everything from bottles and tins to sewing machines and farm equipment turn to Victorian Advertising Trade Cards to learn more about the historic treasures they collect.  Product cards from the 1800’s provide incredible information and make for valuable “go-withs”  for collectors.

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A lot is happening today in the world of Victorian Advertising Trade Card collecting.  Major ephemera and 19th Century advertising collections are hitting the market, with rare and important 1800’s cards selling at record prices.  Follow this column for the buzz on people and breaking news in the card collecting community.

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Victorian Advertising Trade Cards Trending on eBay:


Creepy Skelton Clown Patent Medicine 1900 Calendar Card from Pawn Stars History Channel* 302713873775

Creepy Clown Skeleton Circus Calendar Card


Drugstore Pharmacist Antikamnia Skeleton Sketches Calendar Card from Pawn Stars* 302706951364

Antikamnia Skeleton Druggist Apothecary


Vulcan Chilled Plow 1898 RARE Heilman Evansville IN Advertising Fold Trade Card*312110161620

Vulcan Chilled   Plow 1898 RARE   


Thomas Edison Robot Automaton Steampunk 1893 Worlds Fair Uncle Sam Shoe Ad Card* 312106988601

Thomas Edison Robot 1893 Worlds Fair Uncle Sam, Exposition Card


* 302664974197

Candee Boot Metamorphic Miner Hunter


19th Century Indian Wars Warrior runs out of Cowboy Boot from United States Cavalry Soldiers at War Wild West Expansion Wagon Train Master* 302653616541

Indian War 1800’s Wild West US Soldier Wagon Train Master

Antikamnia Chemical Company Patent Medicine Advertising Calendar Card from Pawn Stars



Antikamnia Chemical Company Patent Medicine Advertising Calendar Card, from the card series featured on the History Channel show: Pawn Stars, Season 15, Episode 25 (premiered April 23, 2018).  This “Medical School” scene was the final card in the multi-year “Skeleton Sketches” series of images from the watercolor paintings of St. Louis physician-artist Louis Crucius.

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