Wonderful vintage c1890 Victorian Era trade card for Quick Meal Gas Stoves, first manufactured in 1870 by two Saint Louis German immigrants. They called the cook stoves "Quick Meals" to reflect the added time convenience of using their product.
The image is that roses and spring flowers, with a hungry baby chick emerging from an egg shell - imprinted with "Quick Meals Gasoline & Gas Stoves" - and chasing after a mosquito for its first breakfast. The back carries the imprint of a local Saint Louis distributor for Quick Meal Stoves, Von der Au-Cluss Hardware & Cornice Company.
The Quick Meal Stove business was extremely successful and eventually merged with six other companies in 1901 to form the American Stove Company. The gas-burning Magic Chef oven, introduced in 1929 as the Quick Meal "Magic Chef" stove, became so popular that the American Stove Company to change its name to Magic Chef in 1951.
Exceptionally detailed, high-quality chromolithograph art with vivid colors - unsigned with no lithographer identified. Standard card stock measures 5-1/4" wide by x 3-1/2" high.
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 PHOTO. Condition is accurately shown. The primary image is highly detailed, very clean and in wonderful condition. There are two large chips missing from the lower border. The back has areas of light to moderate age discoloration, which does not obscure the text. No other creases or tears. ALL DEFECTS ARE VISIBLE IN THE PHOTO.
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