Victorian Southern Methodist Sunday School steel engraving Saint Louis album scrap - entertainment program invitation announcement for the Marvin Chapel at 11th and Sidney Streets in Saint Louis, Missouri. The front side features a steel engraving portrait of two lovely Victorian girls - (twin?) sisters - and their dolls. Lovely RARE find from an early 1890s Saint Louis scrap album.
The Marvin Chapel was dedicated on December 29, 1874, by Enoch M. Martin, an eccentric bearded Southern Methodist Church bishop from Saint Louis, and later was incorporated into the Marvin Memorial Methodist Church of Saint Louis formed in 1875. Although Bishop Marvin was not a college-trained minister, he was always a favorite of the people, known for his ruggedness of character, simplicity and deep piety, and as one who never lost the common touch.
The base of the image has been trimmed, so there is some text missing on the right side of the back. Card measures 5-1/2" x 3-7/8". PHOTO NOTE: Small defects are exaggerated by the scanning process, and are barely noticeable when viewed in person. The scanning process also distorts the clarity of the image. The muted "grainy" look is a distortion.
CONDITION NOTE: Look carefully at the attached photos. Condition of trade card is accurately shown. No folds or creases, and very clean, but not perfect. Top edge is ragged and the corners damaged, and there is one small repaired tear on the right side. There may be a few very small spots of damage to the image. The back has glue stain residue where it was affixed to the trade card album, and missing text trimmed from the right side. ALL DEFECTS ARE VISIBLE IN THE PHOTOS.
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