Whimsical Victorian trade cards comprise a specific segment of collecting in this area. Vegetable people were particularly popular in the late 1800’s and some people filled scrapbooks with many of these kinds of cards. This is a Boraxine trade card featuring an Onion Man. The card features an anthropomorphism...a big bulbous onion with a man’s head. Roots as feet and legs, leaves as a frock coat and arms complete the figure. Often these vegetable figures were used in trade cards for seeds and other farm related advertising. The card measures 3 by 4 1/2 inches.
This card has bright colors on the lithographed face. The upper right portion of the card is imprinted BORAXINE Cleansers and Disinfectants. The left lower corner of the card is imprinted Copyright Clay and Richmond, Buffalo, N.Y. 1885. The edges are crisp. A faint watermark is present on the upper left face.
The back of the card advertises a free cake of Boraxine Toilet Soap when you purchase one package of Boraxine. The back of the card shows evidence of being glued into an album with glue marks at all four corners and it has likely been steamed out of the album because there are watermarks by each glue mark.
Whimsy Victorian Trade Card Boraxine Onion Man c 1885