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005 - Charlotte Perkins Gilman trade cards

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman Soapine trade cards

1. [Charlotte Perkins Gilman, designer]. Soapine Advertising Trade Cards. Providence: Kendall Manufacturing Co., [circa 1880-1884]. Seventeen original lithographic trade cards for Soapine brand household and laundry soap products. Trade cards (2.75 x 4.25 inches; 75 x 110 mm.). Colorful lithographic illustrations, typically on golden backgrounds, with text printed on the versos (letterpress or engraved, one blank). Some general mild spotty discoloration, including a couple with slightly heavier soiling; some trivial foxing, mostly just noticeable in the margins; a couple cards with tiny bruises; corners barely softened, a few minor creases or closed tears. Some versos faintly discolored form offsetting; some bruising and adhesive residue in the corners. Very good or better. (#10349).
$600.00

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"One amusing source of income was the painting of advertising cards for Kendall's Soap Company. Cousin Robert Brown was in that business, and the fashion of distributing small lithographed cards to attract customers had just begun. Robert had a fertile imagination, he devised the pictures he wanted and I drew and colored them. I did not know how, did not do them well, but neither of us minded that. One of their established figures was 'The Soapine Whale,' this animal I labored with repeatedly. Another of his involved a big gray-dappled horse which used to lead in pulling freight-cars through the city, and with much effort I drew him, my first horse" (Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The Living of... An Autobiography. Redditch: 2014, accessed online).

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman Soapine trade cards

2. [Charlotte Perkins Gilman, designer]. Soapine Advertising Trade Cards. Providence: Kendall Manufacturing Co., [circa 1880-1884]. Two original lithographic trade cards for Soapine brand household and laundry soap products, one featuring the Soapine Whale, the other a freight pulling horse. Trade cards (2.875 x 4.25 inches; 75 x 110 mm.). Colorful lithographic illustrations, both on golden backgrounds, with letterpress text on the versos. Margins very light tanned with a touch of soiling; some mild spotting to the bottom left of the background of the horse card; corners softened. Versos discolored in the corners (likely from adhesive residue), more extensive offsetting to the horse card. Very good. (#10350).
Sold

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"Charlotte Perkins Gilman attempted to support herself for a while in the early 1880s, when, with her cousin Robert Brown, she designed trade cards for several soap companies, including Curtis Davis and Company and the Kendall Manufacturing Company, producers of Soapine. Her original sketches are preserved among her papers..." (Kenneth Florey. Women's Suffrage Memorabilia. Jefferson: 2013. p. 14).

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman Welcome Soap Curtis Davis trade cards

3. [Charlotte Perkins Gilman, designer]. Welcome Soap Advertising Trade Cards. Boston: Curtis Davis & Co., [circa 1880-1884]. Four original lithographic trade cards for Welcome Soap brand household soap products, printed by Donaldson Brothers in Five Points, New York. Trade cards (2.625 x 4.25 inches; 75 x 110 mm.). Lithographic illustrations on the rectos, versos blank. Cards very lightly soiled with some scant, faint spotty discoloration; corners softened. One card with bruises in the corners, likely from adhesive removal, also residue in the center of two cards (including the one with bruised corners). Very good. (#10351).
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Charlotte Perkins Gilman Welcome Soap Curtis Davis trade cards

4. [Charlotte Perkins Gilman, designer]. Welcome Soap Advertising Trade Card. Boston: Curtis Davis & Co., circa 1880-1884]. Original lithographic trade card for Welcome Soap brand household soap products, printed by Donaldson Brothers in Five Points, New York. Trade card (2.625 x 4.25 inches; 75 x 110 mm.). Lithographic illustration on the recto, verso blank. General light soiling with a few trivial splotches; top and left edge with some dark discoloration; corners barely softened. Verso with the sheen and faint discoloration of old adhesive residue, but no apparent bruising. Very good. (#10352).
$25.00

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"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).

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman Three Ages of Woman trade cards

5. [Charlotte Perkins Gilman, designer]. Three Ages of Woman. [Providence: circa 1880]. Five (of six) original lithographic trade cards, issued blank and over-printed by Gould's Corset Store from Providence, Rhode Island. Trade cards (2.625 x 4.125 inches; 75 x 105 mm.). Lithographic illustrations on the rectos, versos blank, margins trimmed. Very slight horizontal curl; edges very lightly worn; corners barely softened; images very faintly dulled with a touch of soiling. Versos slightly soiled with some light offsetting. Very good.(#10353).
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Charlotte Perkins Gilman Three Ages of Woman trade cards

6. [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. (#10354).
$30.00

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References:

Kenneth Florey. Women's Suffrage Memorabilia. Jefferson: 2013. p. 14

Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The Living of... An Autobiography. Redditch: 2014, accessed online.

Kevin Mac Donnell. "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: Artist and Illustrator." History of Medicine, U. S. National Library of Medicine. nlm.nih.gov.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Digital Collection. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. website link.

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