19th Century Advertising Trade Cards


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

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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:


  Barnum White Elephant 1800's Circus Tent Fairbanks Scale Advertising Trade Card*Circus Cards

PT Barnum Circus Tent Elephant Card


  *Cure-All Quacks

Girondin Disinfecting Air Purification Cure



Randall Harrow Farm Draft Horse Nice 1800's Warrior Mower Advertising Trade Card*Farm & Rural Life

Randall Harrow Farm Warrior Mower Horses


  Thomas Edison Robot Automaton Steampunk 1893 Worlds Fair Uncle Sam Victorian Card Hub GoreShoe* Patriotic Themes

Thomas Edison Robot 1893 Worlds Fair Uncle Sam, Exposition  Victorian Card Hub Gore Shoes


  * Before/After, etc.

Hold-To-Light cards With & Without Puzzle cards, Die-Cuts, Optical Illusion, etc.


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

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




Robbins Cylindrical Steel Passenger Car Co. Atkinson Private Railroad Train Card Boston: The assets of the Robbins Cylindrical Steel Car Company were acquired by Byron A. Atkinson, a well-to-do Boston furniture dealer, who had some background as a machinist, and as a furniture repairman,
which no doubt gave him expertise in furnishing the car’s elegant interior.  The cylindrical car, as it was generally called, was
shown at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago.


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