Early 1870s rare Victorian advertising trade card for Hall's Vegetable Sicilian Hair Renewer - an early women's hair dye. Reuben P. Hall was in the Patent Medicine business in Nashua, New Hampshire, and he marketed his Hair Renewer at least as early as 1864. Hall claimed to have been given the formula by a destitute Italian sailor -hence the name Hall's Vegetable Sicilian Hair Renewer.
The words "VEGETABLE HAIR" and "HALL'S VEGETABLE SICILIAN" were registered as trademarks of R.P. Hall & Co. in 1876, so this card appears to pre-date the trademark registration. This is a relatively rare card that is listed on popular trade card site as a good example of Hall's Hair Renewer's advertising.
This small 2-1/2" x 2" trade card is printed with three-color lithography on thin paper card stock. The back is blank.
PHOTO NOTE: The scanning process distorts the clarity of the image and the intensity of the colors. The muted "grainy" look is exaggerated. The colors are actually more vivid and the clarity much greater when viewed in person. Minor soiling, small blemishes and slight defects are exaggerated by the scanning process, and are usually much less noticeable when viewed in person.
CONDITION NOTE: Condition is excellent. The images are in excellent condition, with some light soiling, but no creases or tears. Edges appear either badly cut by the lithographer, or later trimmed.
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