Trade Cards!

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This funny design with cats, mice and spiders all using (and abusing) Le Page's Glue is also printed on one of the original wooden boxes - one of the more rare cards - 1880

A red version of the above card

Even more hard to come by than the cat card, also c1880

An interesting die-cut card in the shape of a cod skin, the source of Le Page's original fish glue. From perhaps 1883. The smaller version is cut from thin metal, and seems to be a book-mark - the fins hooking onto a page.

A funny, but today politically incorrect little card - 'A lady who keeps her place' - 1886
The reverse of this card features mention of a short-lived change to the bottle design in response to knock-offs of Le Page's

A humourous card featuring a woman keeping her man home by sticking him to the chair. It comes with a variety of different designs on the back.

'Twas the day after New Years...' a cobbler stuck to his bench - 1886 - notice the increased sales numbers from previous cards! Hmmm, I wonder if this was the inspiration for a certain burger chain's 'numbers served' signs!

The policemen are trying to pull a vagrant or a salesman off of a public bench! This is by far the most common of the Le Page's trade cards. Printed in many different versions over the years. Note the changes in the pictures, both in content and quality as well as the different reverse sides.

The policemen in the back are gone in this version

The kids are starting to look a little creepy in this one!

The plethora of background police are back

This one is a postcard with a July 16, 1909 postmark. There are only 3 officers in the background this time. The illustration is not nearly as intricately drawn.

A rare trade card with a tiny tear away calendar, 1917

A 1901 wall calendar advertising another product of The Russia Cement Company - Essex Fertilizer.

An unusual paper Valentine Card which may have been some sort of premium, signed in pencil: from Ruth, 1940

A more modern ad card from Canada - English on one side, French on the other - not quite the same animal as the Victorian ad cards!

A U.S. Postal Ad Cover from 1985 - The bio downgrades William Nelson from a Chemist to a Tin Salesman. It has been written that he had sold his company due to the dishonesty of a partner. Perhaps it is one of the partners mentioned on this card.


A blotter for Signet Inks

A 1908 blotter with 2 little girls and a broken dolly - 'NEVRMIND LE PAGE'S LMENDIT'

Another blotter with more little girls and broken dollies!

A post-card with a copyright date of 1906 and post-marked October 1908.

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