A decorative handbill or trade card, divided in three compartments, all framed in a neo-Gothic border. In the center framed by three Gothic arches the word “Mechanical” is etched below images of three machines including a steam powered tractor and printing press; etched below is an advertisement for the firm Hare & Co., located in the Strand, London.
Author: Hare & Co.
Title: Hare & Co., designers and engravers on wood, patent agents, printers, electrotypists. 31 Essex Strand, London, W.C [graphic].
A trade card for Thomas Martin, illustrated around the perimeter with tools of his trade including various kinds of knives and a fork, scissors, pocket books, belt buckles, and cocks. Also in three corners are images of a composer seated before type trays, a printer working at his press, and a weaver working his loom.
Creator: Martin, Thomas, active 1783-1795.
Title: Thomas Martin, No. 44 Gracechurch Street, London [graphic] : wholesale hardwareman, pocket book maker, printer & silk weaver … / Jones fecit, Crown Court near St. Anna Soho.
Publication: [London] : [Thomas Martin], [between 1783 and 1795?]
A medley print advertising the business of map and printseller George Pulley with portrait prints, caricatures, and satires overlaid on images of maps, some prints with identifiable titles (e.g. The contrast). According to the British Musuem online catalogue (September 2019) trade cards of the same design were used by Michael Jackson and Peter and Elizabeth Griffin.
Title: Geo. Pulley Esqr., map & printseller at Rembrandt’s Head in New Round Court, Strand, London [graphic].
A trade card for a deal in naval equipment and fireworks decorated wtih various kinds of fireworks including Catherine wheels, flares or firecrackers, signal lights, quadrants, and other tools for sailors.
Title :J. Southby, No. 8 Saville Place, Lambeth Walk. Artist in fireworks, to the King’s patent & minor theatres [graphic] : The Royal Vauxhall Gardens. Crimson fire and every description of fireworks for exhibition or private amusement.
A trade card for ThomasSabine, illustrated with tools of the printing trade along the tops and sides and below with three illustrations showing tradesmen at work: at a rolling press, a composer in front of type drawers, and two men working a letterpress.
Creator: Sabine, T. (Thomas), -1810, printmaker, publisher.
Title: ThomasSabine,letterpress and copperplateprinter at the London & Middlesex Printing Office, No. 81 Shoe Lane, Fleet Street [graphic].
Publication: [London] : [Thomas Sabine], [between 1785 and 1804]
A trade card issued by Edward Orne announcing a change of address for his printselling, framing and stationery business from Conduit Stree to New Bond Street. The image show a cherub emerging from a break in a thick bank of clouds, as he holds a caducesus. On the right a bearded man in a cap and in a fur trimmed cloak reaches toward the cherub; the man has a snake at his feet. High in the center a bat flies toward the scene.
Creator: Orme, Edward, 1775-1848.
Title: Edwd. Orme, removed from Conduit Stt. to 59 New Bond Street, corner of Brook Street [graphic].
Album of 43 trade cards, of various formats, which have been used as receipts or invoices by the traders and have stab holes resulting from the pin they where put on by an accountant or secretary. A few trade cards are repeated, four are typographically printed, and the rest are engraved or etched. All trade cards and bills are addressed to Mrs. Forth and give a good idea of the expenses and needs of a fashionable household in mid 18th-century London.
Creator: Forth, Mrs.
Title: Collection eighteenth century trade cards and bills, between 1737 and 1756.
A fashionable family looks at a roll of wallpaper that the shop clerk is displaying to them. The shop owner jestures to the elaborately decorated pattern on the roll. Another clerk behind the counter looks on as he rolls another bolt.
Title: At James Wheeleys Paper Hanging Warehouse : wholesale retail & for exportation; at No. 25 Aldersgate Street London are manufactured & sold all sorts of emboss’d chints & common papers for rooms … [graphic].
Publication: [London : James Wheeleys Paper Hanging Warehouse, ca. 1780?]
Trade card for the Italian-born printmaker James Anthony Minasi (1776-1865), who was born in Calabria and became a Bartolozzi pupil after coming to England. Illustrated with an angelic winged putto concentratiing on a print book.