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The scenes depicted on these trade cards give us a glimpse into some of the details of life during the late 19th century. They reveal not only what products were being marketed, but also the types of visual images that appealed to the 19th-century eye. Children, animals, and nature were popular, as were purely decorative floral motifs. In addition, the cards often used humor, fantasy, and whimsy to appeal to customers.


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