Trade Cards were popular from the about the 1870’s until the 1900’s when lithography made it possible to mass produce advertisements.


Usually trade cards had a picture on one side and an ad for a product on the other. There were custom cards printed as well and stock cards which could be used for any product. These cards were eagerly collected and traded by the public. The typical card size was 3-1/2 x 4-1/2”. However the sizes varied and could be smaller or larger. Today some cards can sell for as much as $1000.

Trade Cards: An Illustrated History

Trade Cards: An Illustrated History features highlights from the Waxman Collection of Food and Culinary Trade Cards–a remarkable assemblage of advertising trade cards about food and related subjects ca. 1870-1900.

Our photo binder pages are a great choice for storing and displaying your trade cards. They are made from 3.5 gauge,
archival polypropylene. We have had our Photo Pages PAT Tested (Photo Activity Tested),
which means that items stored in these pages cannot be adversely affected by the material that the pages are made from.

All pages fit in standard binders but there are a large variety of pocket sizes to choose from.






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