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trade card, The Great Wabash Route, July
  • United States
    Rand, McNally & Co., printer
    active 1856–1952
  • trade card, The Great Wabash Route, July, 1885
  • The Great Wabash Route
  • Where object was made: United States
  • chromolithograph
  • Object Height/Width: 67 x 140 mm
    Object Height/Width: 2 5/8 x 5 1/2 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7913.04

This card shows two images. On the left is a train next to a body of water with a color scheme of blues and grays. On the right is a scene depicting a dark skinned man serving food to a light skinned man. The text reads “The Great Wabash Route July 85.” Below the image in very small print are the words “Rand, McNally & Co.”
The verso is text. The heading reads “A Natural Mistake” in all caps. Below is a two stanza poem about the Great Wabash Route.