Advertising Trade Card, Three Ages of Woman
[Charlotte Perkins Gilman, designer]. Advertising Trade Card. [Providence: circa 1880]. Original lithographic trade card (one from a series of six), issued blank and over-printed on the verso by Professor Fair's Hair Care from Providence, Rhode Island. Trade cards (2.625 x 4.125 inches; 75 x 105 mm.). Lithographic illustration, margins trimmed. Very slight horizontal curl; corners softened; faintly darkened toward the upper-left corner, a few other minor blemishes or soil spots. Verso bruised from the removal of adhesives, some faint discoloration. Very good. See Kevin Mac Donnell's "Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Trade Card Design" on the ABAA website, originally published in The Advertising Trade Card Quarterly 8:3 (Fall) 2001.
"Charlotte Perkins Gilman enrolled at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence to study art in 1878. While in Providence, Gilman created and sold art works for advertising trade cards... [S]everal cards with Gilman’s illustrations ... feature figures with different flowers encircling their heads" ("Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Artist and Illustrator." History of Medicine, U. S. National Library of Medicine. nlm.nih.gov). (#10354).