Rare trade card with African American Children. This is a trade card for Sarica Coffee.
What I find fascinating is the use of an orange in the little girls hand. Oranges, available daily in a grocery store, would have been a real treat to find in a Christmas stocking in the 1800s. It could take weeks for a shipment of oranges to arrive in as far as Michaican in the early 1800s. That orange would have had to come - and survive the weather - from the deep South or even farther south than that. When you found an orange as far as Illinois, it represented international trade. It came in through New Orleans, up the Mississippi River, up the Illinois River. Then it probably came by wagon from there since it was 1854 before railroads came to Decatur.
So getting an orange was not only a treat it was a great and precious gift we take for granted today. 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.