Tracy from Tracy's Toys sent me this incredible card. She has a great eye and manages to find not only amazing toys, but also some beautiful and unique cards. I feel very fortunate to have this one.
The 1906 advertising card of an organ grinder and his monkey was published by Livermore & Knight Company, a publisher known for their holiday and color advertising cards. It was sent from Detroit to Miss Elenor Croop in Niagara Falls, New York in 1908.
If you pull on the monkey's head, you'll find that you can pull him out. And there's something attached to him, a folded note.
Oh, look, it's an advertisement for sheet music. When was the last time you saw an advertisement for sheet music? This advertisement seems to be directed at retailers. It's a creative approach; I wonder if it worked.
Just so you know what it sounded like, here's a 1909 recording of Harry Macdonough singing Sweetheart Days.
And here's the back of the card, showing the matching design around the stamp box that Livermore & Knight were known for.
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