Usually, when I have a caption contest for one of my Victorian trade cards, I present you with one that is not printed with any information specific to a business. However, this one is a little different. In fact, it’s different from anything I’ve ever seen on another trade card.
The card advertises for:
PARTRIDGE & RICHARDSON’S
BEE HIVE STORES
17, 19 & 21 North 8th St., Phila.
Well, that’s innocent enough. Right?
But, then…look at it.
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Why on Earth would anyone pick this as the image for their company? It’s a boy and a dog—both with severe conjunctivitis, peering out of a window. What’s happening here? What does this have to do with dress trimmings? What was the owner of the company thinking?
You tell me by, as usual, posting in the comments.