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Growth of Industry and Commerce

The Industrial Revolution saw a huge increase in American manufactured goods. With a wealth of products flooding the market, manufacturers needed to find ways to make their products stand out from the crowd. Patent medicines advertisers used trade cards so effectively that their products became some of the most profitable in American business history. Pharmacists’ trade cards often featured the products they sold as a lure to entice customers in with the promise of high quality at low prices.


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