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Victorian Trade Card - Arbuckle Brothers Coffee Company - "A TOWN MALIGNED" (#5)
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Victorian Trade Card - Arbuckle Brothers Coffee Company - "A TOWN MALIGNED" (#5)
Victorian Trade Card - Arbuckle Brothers Coffee Company - "A TOWN MALIGNED" (#5)

Victorian Trade Card - Arbuckle Brothers Coffee Company - "A TOWN MALIGNED" (#5)

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This is one of 100 cards featuring humorous cartoons and advertising the "Ariosa" brand of coffee that Arbuckles' issued in the late 1880s. All the illustrations were originally published in either Puck, Judge, or Texas Siftings, three of the more popular satirical periodicals of the day. Most typically aimed their derision at blacks, the Irish, or, as in this case, country "rubes" (i.e., anybody outside New York City). This particular card was based on an 1888 Texas Siftings cartoon drawn by VerBeck and features a sharply dressed traveler with top hat and cane, being greeted at the railroad station by a local farmer and his dog.

The back carries Arbuckles' familiar "4 Points" sales pitch.

SIZE: 5" x 3"

DATE: Undated (but probably 1888 or 1889)

LITHOGRAPHER: Not identified

CONDITION: Fine, I'd say. This card is only lightly soiled with barely "bumped" corners. (Please see scans.)

MULTIPLE ITEM SHIPPING DISCOUNT: I will ship up to 4 cards for the single base shipping charge shown. For purchases of more than 4 cards, the shipping charge will increase by just a small increment for every 4 additional cards.



PASSENGER (at railroad station, to native)--"I say,
stranger, this town seems to be a quiet sort o' place; not
much going on."

NATIVE--"Well, I dunno 'bout that, mister. There's
a dog fight on fer to-night, an' we had three funerals
last week."

From Texas Siftings, by permission.
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