1894 Ads - MONKEY Brand SOAP ~ Victorian Father CHRISTMAS / United Kingdom TEA Co. (on reverse) ~ XLG

These are genuine original magazine advertisements from The Illustrated London News Christmas Number, 1894.

This dated, antique Brooke's Soap ad features an illustration of a human-scaled monkey dressed as Father Christmas or Santa Claus in fur-trimmed robe, trousers and hat. The anthropomorphic primate is carrying an evergreen branch while brandishing a walking stick festooned with ribbons and mistletoe. A full satchel of the advertised product is attached to the simian Santa Claus' belt.

The late 19th-Century, illustrated picture is a winter countryside scene. The ape-like Father Christmas is on a snow-covered, English country lane with a stone bridge spanning a river and a church in the background. It is captioned, "A Very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous '95!"

This is one of a long-running series of Victorian advertisements for Brooke's Monkey Brand Soap that featured a monkey in various guises. It was portrayed performing a number of human-like activities.

Or if one prefers, the reverse features a vintage ad for the United Kingdom Tea Company with a legal, law or justice theme. The very detailed engraving is titled, "Final Court of Appeal" and depicts three women in wigs and robes like High Court judges. "Tea, First Hand" is the motto of the direct distribution method for this tea merchant - with prices (in shillings and pence) on display. Also present is the Royal Warrant of the Prince of Wales.

Many vintage ads can act as "time capsules", reflecting the styles and sensibilities of a particular era. Christmas ads, perhaps due to the traditional, "family" nature of the holiday, often evoke a stronger sense of nostalgia. They can stir childhood memories of simpler, more sentimental times.

This Extra-LARGE 1890s advert measures 11 3/4" x 16 3/8" (approx.). The image of this piece of advertising memorabilia / ephemera has been accommodated completely by a large-format scanner. This Victorian-era British print ad is in excellent condition and is eminently suitable for framing - perhaps as a decorative holiday accent for your home or for a Santa Claus collector.

Item ID: 8109-1


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