A very odd little trade card for Garland Stoves & Ranges. The man on the right appears to be wearing a military uniform from the civil war. His nose and cheeks appear overly red giving him the appearance that he is a drunkard. None of this as usual has anything to do with the Trade Company ...or does it? Look closer. Underneath the couple there is a caption "All on account of Eliza".
What this means. "All on account of Eliza" was a 3 act play that opened in 1900 and closed in 1901. This actually helps date the trade card to that time as this was more than likely a trade card given to promote not only the play but Garland Stoves which was an investor in the play. The play opened in Chicago Illinois.
The play goes something like this: A lovesick youth stations himself under the window of his sweetheart and proceeds to play sweet music with a trombone. His serenade awakens her papa, who orders his daughter to return to her couch while he prepares to entertain the lover. Papa leans out of the window and tries to reach the musician when he loses his balance and falls on top of the player, when a scrimmage follows, much to the discomfort of all concerned. Exceedingly funny.
This was a rare case where I could actually find information on why a Trade card image featured what it did. Garland was a a Michigan U.S. company and mostly dealt in the states of Michigan, Illinois, & NewYork.
This is the file for the Garland Logo on the right.
Below Is the backside of the card and is a fabulous Company logo. To Download small image Right Click actual image and View Image. Again right click and save image as. To download full size click on download file, click to enlarge and right click to save image as. Please read TOU.