Fred Lavy writes:



My Favorite Card:  1872

Liniment for Man and Beast

“Here’s a scan of one of my favorite advertising trade cards.
I love these anthropomorphic images.”


This “Doctor Roan” image and rhyme both cleverly combine Man and Beast:

       “This is old Doctor Roan

       You may let him alone

       For knowing what’s good for diseased

               flesh and bone.”              (Act of Congress, 1872.  Clay, Cosack & Co., Buffalo, N.Y.)


My first “favorite” was of monkeys in a barber shop.
Next I had to obtain all the Bon Marché veggie people images.”

                                                                 – Collector Fred Lavy


Robert A. Olson writes:

My Favorite Card:  Die-Cut

Punch and Judy Puppets

“I focus on trade cards featuring Magic, Magicians, Ventriloquists,
and Punch & Judy puppets.


Here is my favorite trade card from my Punch and Judy collection.
It is a die-cut card of a French Punch and Judy show,
with the stage area cut out so the two puppets stand alone.
When the front of this folding card is viewed open,
you see the children watching the show;
the two puppets are about to battle each other with their Slapsticks.
But this card also provides a “back stage” view, as seen below.


This second image shows the inside of the Punch and Judy booth,
with the puppeteer holding up two of his puppets, Punch in Yellow and Blue,
and Harlequin in Diamond Pattern Clothes and Mask.
Judy lies quietly on his right.



The ad on the back is from the Paris Department store, Au Bon Marche.
This card is circa 1890s.
Most cards show the Puppet booth from the front,
or Punch alone as a single character.


This Punch and Judy Card is unique
because it has both views of the Puppet Show:
behind the scenes inside the booth,
as well as with the audience watching from the front.

                                                                                  — Collector Robert A. Olson (RAOlson), Connecticut

NOTE:  RAOlson, who besides, magic also performs Punch and Judy.



Ann Neal writes:



My Favorite Card:

Wm. Ayres & Sons, Phila.

“I find it very hard to pick a favorite card
as there are so many truly terrific examples…
however, sometimes one gets a chance to combine interests.


I have had a love affair with horses my entire life (much to my hubby’s dismay) and as a result, I will seek out trade cards pertaining to equines.
These types of cards show the importance of the horse in transportation, commerce, farming, and even entertainment.
I not only like the 5/A Horse Blankets card because of the subject matter,
but also because it seems somewhat unusual.


With and Without Trade Card
“5/A Blankets WEAR Like This. / Imitations TEAR Like This.”
The reverse of this horse trade card
shows another colorful picture  (With / Without style)
touting the quality of the product instead of just verbiage.”

(The stylish 5/A blanket wears well.  The ugly imitation wears out… into rags.)

                                                                                               — Collector Ann Neal, New York

Cheryl Lewis writes:

My Favorite Card:

Anheuser-Busch Brew’g Ass’n

“I first saw this card in one of Dave’s books and it became a must have.
Besides being a beautiful card,
it is a reminder of a time when the American dream
was alive and achievable as evidenced by this great beer dynasty.”

                                                                                                                          — Collector Cheryl Lewis, Louisiana