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trade card, no. 39, scarlet ibis
  • United States
  • trade card, no. 39, scarlet ibis, late 1800s
  • Beautiful Birds
  • Where object was made: United States
  • chromolithograph
  • Object Height/Width: 74 x 47 mm
    Object Height/Width: 2 15/16 x 1 7/8 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7918.16

This card depicts a scarlet ibis standing on the ground. The number 39 is just above the back toe of the bird in the bottom left corner. “Scarlet Ibis” is in the bottom center of the card, and the Arm & Hammer logo is in the bottom right corner.
The verso describes the “New Series of Beautiful Birds” from “The Great Arm & Hammer Brand of Soda and Saleratus” from Church & Co. in New York. The benefits of using this brand are described to the customer.