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Trade Sign

Object Number: 
2002.1.2178
Date: 
1880-1910
Medium: 
Wood, glass, mother-of-pearl
Dimensions: 
65 x 33 x 1 1/2 in.
Description: 
Reverse painted on glass, this sign shows a train marked "Adams Express" with red and yellow cars and a green and black engine crossing a stone tressle over a river surrounded by rocks and trees. It reads, in black with gold borders "Men's, Boy's and Youth's", and in gold letters inset with a mother-of-pearl mosaic "Fashionable Clothing". The tressle is marked in black with an advertisment for patent medicine "G. Laird's Bloom of Youth" and the rocks advertise "Tarrant's Seltzer Aperient", according to the manufacturer, a "foaming, sparkling Seltzer" to which "Headaches, Constipation, Indigestion and Dyspepsia yield at once" (from patent medicine literature). Formerly F-2.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Bella C. Landauer
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group