As we’ve seen, trade cards were an advertising standby in the past.
To save money, but still get the word out, businesses could buy stock designs and stamp their information on them.
Here, we see two examples of that from Belleville businesses: Harvey’s Book Store and Joseph Wiesmann.
Note that Wiesmann sold wallpaper, which grew in popularity with mass production in the mid 19th Century. Also note that Harvey’s was across from the Thomas House, which sat where the Lincoln Theatre is today.
Belleville Historical Society Labor & Industry Museum Belleville Illinois