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New Jersey Pottery Silk Coffee Ad Trade Card
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New Jersey Pottery Silk Coffee Ad Trade Card

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Directory: Traditional Collectibles: Ephemera: Paper: Pre 1900: Item # 168406
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
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This 3" x 4-7/8" full-color trade card was produced by Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Company of New York and is dated 1889 at the bottom of the image. Lithograph was made by Donaldson Brothers.

This card (Arbuckle's #93) was one in a series of 50 cards illustrating U.S. states and territories. A note on the back reads in part "This series of cards is at once the most interesting, instructive and artistic, yet offered as an advertisement. The pictures ... are entirely new, and by the very best American artists. If you chance to get two cards of one kind, your neighbor also may have two of a kind, in which case you can exchange with each other."

This particular card features a map of NEW JERSEY and has an interesting seen at the right representing the state's pottery production, titled "charging a kiln." In the foreground, another man is supposedly loading a sagger... just behind a closeup view of a decorated china bowl, vase, and cup and saucer. At the left is represented the important industry of silk manufacturing and textile weaving. A lady wearing a bustle is operating a loom at the upper right.

New Jersey's population was then 1,131,116.

Condition is good, although there is a brown stain at the left... and others on the back. The rounded corners have very minor bumps.