Item #13751 B.T. Babbitt's 1776 Soap Powder; [Gold Rush related Trade Card] [ Illustrated by John Henry Bufford, Jr.]. B T. Babbitt.
B.T. Babbitt's 1776 Soap Powder; [Gold Rush related Trade Card] [ Illustrated by John Henry Bufford, Jr.]

B.T. Babbitt's 1776 Soap Powder; [Gold Rush related Trade Card] [ Illustrated by John Henry Bufford, Jr.]

New York: B. T. Babbit, ca 1880. Very Good. [4x5.25in card stock] Color chromolithograph illustration of advertisement depicting a traveling salesman dressed as 'Uncle Sam" selling soap powder to two miners, with shovel and pic axe on the ground. A box of soap powder is hanging on one side of the balance scale and the miners are piling bags of gold on the other side. In the background is a landscape scene of a valley and foothills. Below the soap box is "A thing of worth is a joy forever" and to the side, Bufford. On the verso is a "Beautiful Tribute to Women", which is extolling the virtues and strength of women from a 1880's perspective. The last line reads "In short, woman is a miracle, a mystery, the center from which radiates the charm of existence." Some light soiling and age toning to edges, faint spot on illustration and on verso, some spots and marks on text. Item #13751

Benjamin Talbot Babbitt (1809-1889) was an American businessman, advertiser, manufacturer and inventor. He held over 100 patents for products and machinery he invented to support his manufacturing businesses. He was the first to manufacture and market soap in individual bars. As an advertiser, Babbit used trade cards, newspapers, periodicals and billboards to make Babbit's Soap Powder a national name. This Trade card is one of the examples of of the 1880 advertising.

John Henry Bufford (1810-1870) was an American artist, illustrator and lithographer. He created J.H. Bufford and Company in Boston and became well know for his illustrations that were used in many forms - sheet music, city, marine and landscaping views. He also illustrated for books, periodicals and advertising. After his death, his sons changed the company name to J.H. Bufford's Sons, Manufacturing Publishers of Novelties in Fine Arts and expanded to New York and Chicago. Bufford, senior and junior, were well know for vibrant and active trade card illustrations, such as the Babbit's Soap Powder.

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