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trade card, no. 49, spermestes
  • United States
  • trade card, no. 49, spermestes, late 1800s
  • Beautiful Birds
  • Where object was made: United States
  • chromolithograph
  • Object Height/Width: 75 x 47 mm
    Object Height/Width: 2 15/16 x 1 7/8 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7918.20

This card depicts two spermestes, which may be a type of manakin or mannikin, on the same branch. The bottom of the card reads “49 Spermestes” with the Arm & Hammer logo 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.