Chromolithographic trade cards advertising "Soapine" soap product, designed by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Derived from dealer description: This collection contains three chromolithographic trade cards advertising a soap product called “Soapine,” manufactured by the Kendall Manufacturing Company in Providence, Rhode Island in approximately 1880-1884. The cards were designed by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The first card depicts a man following a woman along train tracks with a train coming up upon him, above the pair is a sign that reads “Look Out For Soapine.” The second card shows a magician touching the hand of a woman, with “soapine” spelled out in stars in the sky above them. The third card shows a man astride a telephone pole with swooping birds spelling out “soapine.” Each card includes an advertisement in black and white text on the reverse, and is labelled “Kendall Mfg. Co. Established 1827. Providence, R.I.” Each measures 3 x 4 1/2 inches.
- Creation: approximately 1880-1884
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Biographical / Historical
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1860-1935, was an American writer, poet, illustrator, and feminist. Her writings were rediscovered in the 1970s and, to date, her most celebrated work is a short story titled, The Yellow Wallpaper. Her personal life was cause for public backlash during her career after she divorced her husband.
Source: Harrison, Pat. "The Evolution of Charlotte Perkins Gilman." Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. May 06, 2015. Accessed November 6, 2018. https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/news/radcliffe-magazine/evolution-charlotte-perkins-gilman.
MacDonnell, Kevin. "Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Trade Card Designs." ABAA: Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America. Accessed April 03, 2018. https://www.abaa.org/member-articles/charlotte-perkins-gilmans-trade-card-designs.
Biographical / Historical
Kendall Manufacturing Company was established in 1827 in Providence, Rhode Island. There is no additional information available on the manufacturer at this time.
.167 Cubic Feet (1 legal sized folder)
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This collection contains three chromolithographic trade cards advertising a soap product called “Soapine," dated approximately 1880-1884, manufactured by the Kendall Manufacturing Company. The cards were designed by American writer and illustrator, Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935). The Kendall Manufacturing Company was established in 1827 in Providence, Rhode Island.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Second Life Books in October 2018.
This collection was processed in November 2018 by Kristen Diehl.
- Guide to the Chromolithographic trade cards advertising "Soapine" soap product, designed by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
- Kristen Diehl
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