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More Trade Cards of Old London

May 24, 2012
by the gentle author

After recently publishing a selection of trade cards that might have been found by rummaging in a drawer in the eighteenth century, it is my pleasure to show this further selection discovered by searching down the back of a hypothetical sofa and under a hypothetical bed. Especially noteworthy are the cards for Lacroix’s and Peter De la Fontaine which are the early work of William Hogarth.

Images courtesy Bishopsgate Institute

You may like to see my original selection

The Trade Cards of Old London

The Signs of Old London

5 Responses leave one →
  1. JUNE permalink
    May 24, 2012

    These are so good to see, they are so interesting gives an insight as to how life was for them, wish i knew where to find things like this for my family tree book as my family came from the area.

  2. JerryW permalink
    May 24, 2012

    Fascinating stuff – I had no idea that overinflated advertising claims have such a long and distinguished history.

  3. Patricia Cleveland-Peck permalink
    May 24, 2012

    Wonderful. From Venetian masquerade costumes to asses milk, each could inspire a story.

  4. May 25, 2012

    Funnily enough, asses milk is still in favour here in south west France. Not as part of your breakfast, but as an ingredient in some soaps and sweets. It’s not still available in England is it?

  5. Cathy permalink
    April 20, 2014

    Thank you for posting this wonderful source for 18th century history. Do you know if the whole collection is available to view on line?

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