"How Biddy served the tomatoes undressed."
This vintage Victorian trade card from the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co. uses a popular gag that one might also have found in stereoscope photos as well in that era. Here, however, Biddy is a confused cartoon maid doing her best to serve tomatoes undressed, as requested, but saying, "Indade, Ma'am, an I'll not take off another stitch, if I lose my place."
The joke, hilarious and ribald at that time, was that it was the tomatoes the diners wanted undressed, not Biddy.
The cartoon is on regular trade card stock in a salmon color, in good condition, 3 1/8" by 4 5/8", with the tea company's specials of the month and all vending outlets printed on the verso. Check our photos for condition details.
No longer very naughty, this cartoon remains quaint and collectible as representative of the humor and mores of the era.