Three colorful advertising trade cards, 3 x5 each, featuring horse racing illustrations from Currier & Ives prints copyrighted between 1878 and 1879. The cards were issued by the Denver Manufacturing Company, Chicago, a wholesaler providing harnesses, saddles, and saddiery hardware to retail merchants. The company was in business from 1878 until at least the mid-1890s.
The humorous card fronts depict:
“The Sports who lost their tin;”
“A Crack Trotter: Between the Heats.” (The jug of liquid being poured into the horse is labeled gin.);
“A Crack Trotter in the Harness of the Period;
The reverse of each card shows the same illustration of the company’s “Celebrated Iron Horse Stock Saddle!”
Card fronts are in good shape. The card backs have some slight toning. Great 19th century Americana.
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