Monday, November 5, 2012

Time is on the Wing - Birds in Advertising - Part 2

Thus, like the miller, bold and free, let us rejoice and sing;
The days of youth are made for glee, and time is on the wing ; 
The first card is a very early engraved calling card, probably circa 1840, so it's not really an advertisement.  But I suppose you could say that calling cards are really a form of personal advertisement. In any case, this one says Time is on the Wing, and there's something very beautiful about its simplicity. Once there was a name written underneath, but it's impossible to read now.

The words are from The Miller of Dee, a traditional folk song. You can read the full lyrics here.

The second card advertises Carters Little Liver Pills, available at Heyne Druggist in Syracuse, New York. Heyne had many beautiful trade cards in the 1880s.

And this card is a rarity, because it's a trade card with a bird on it that's actually advertising a novelty and bird store, Stinard's, also of Syracuse, New York.

More cards from Syracuse, New York. These are from George C. Young & Brothers.

The back of this next card is more interesting than the front, also from a merchant in Syracuse, Kenyon, Potter & Company.

And now for some gratuitous eggs. If you didn't see Birds in Advertising-Part I, you can click here to see it.


  1. I hope it's the syrup that is English and not the worm! ;)

    1. Oh, good point. I think it must be. I'm just glad I don't need to try it.

  2. These are all such wonderful old cards. The colored cards are so neat to see. Birds eggs are interesting but am not sure why they created them other to teach people how to identify them.

  3. Such lovely old cards, they always knew just how to reach a person's heart and soul....and still do. Thanks for sharing them and all the others that you have graced our screens with.

  4. Not that I really want one, but that first card would make a spectacular tattoo.... The liver pills ad is very catchy with the black bird, red banner and funky scale shift. And what exactly do 'condition powders' do for cattle?



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