Advertising trade cards promoted the new thread.
The original cards were issued in the late 1800’s and featured children, flowers, and other popular art subjects of the day. Merchants would give them to customers and their children with the purchase of thread.
There were literally hundreds of designs. Some cards were issued in a series such Flowers or one based on the “Monday’s Child” nursery rhyme.
To celebrate our 200th Anniversary year, we have reproduced a selection of these beautiful cards from our archives. On the back is a calendar in the style that was sometimes used on the cards. Would you like to win a set? Post a comment below and a winner will be selected at random.
About the Author
Lynn is Director of Consumer Services with Coats & Clark.