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MS Thr 791

French advertising trade cards, 1882 and undated: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 791
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: French advertising trade cards,
Date(s): 1882 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (.25 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in French, a few with English.
Abstract: Illustrated trade cards from 19th-century France.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2010MT-11. Gift of Thomas Garrett; received: 2010 October 9.
Forms part of the Fredric Woodbridge Wilson Collection of Theater, Dance and Music (Harvard Theatre Collection).

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

French Advertising Trade Cards, 1882 and undated (MS Thr 791). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Trade cards were small printed sheets, and later cards, bearing tradesmen's advertisements, often including an engraved or lithographed illustration; produced from the 17th through the 19th-century.


Arranged alphabetically by name of company or by title.

Scope and Contents

19th-century, Illustrated trade cards, advertising various French products and services, primarily using theatrical images. Most companies based in Paris, France. Companies include tailors, perfume makers, pharmacies, chocolatiers, trousseau makers, theaters, department stores and many others.


This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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