1891 Saint Louis Victorian advertising trade card steel engraving album scrap - 1891 Spring and Summer clothing line announcement for W. F. Hammes women's clothier on Pine Street in Saint Louis. Announcement is rose colored heavy paper with pink print laid down on a gray textured card with serrated edges, and overlaid with a fine signed engraving by E. A. Wright of Philadelphia, featuring lovely image of Victorian couples relaxing in the park. Ernest A. Wright, established in 1872, was a high-end Philadelphia steel plate engraver of bank notes; college invitations, stationary, and diplomas; stationary and programs.
Engraving overlay is held in place with a luxurious golden ribbon. Behind the engraving is the complete printed announcement:
"I invite your inspection to my correct and exclusive patterns in Spring and Summer styles, which are now on exhibition. I will be pleased to serve you and do so now better than ever."
"Compliments of William F. Hammes, 519 Pine Street, Saint Louis"
Measures 6-1/4" high x 4-1/2" wide. From a late 1890s Victorian Saint Louis German American woman's scrap and trade card album.
PHOTO NOTE: Small defects are exaggerated by the scanning process, and many are barely noticeable when viewed in person. The photos also distort the clarity of the images and sometimes the intensity of the colors. The muted "grainy" look is a distortion. The colors are often more vivid and the clarity greater when viewed in person.
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 right corner is ragged damaged. There may be a few very small spots of damage to the card. The back has glue stain residue where it was affixed to the trade card album. ALL DEFECTS ARE VISIBLE IN THE PHOTOS.
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