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Blue Headed Tanager


The Blue Headed Tanager is a New World songbird from the family Thraupidae, known for its brightly-colored plumage.


Image ID: 9810

Creation Date:  ca.

Creator Name: Unknown




Collection Name: Cigarette cards, circa 1885-1905

Genre: Print

Original Format Type: prints, fine-art

Original Format Number: PH 3503

Original Dimensions: 3 x 1 inches


The tobacco companies used trade cards to advertise their products during the late 19th century. Used to stiffen the box, the cards became a powerful advertising method by printing the brand name of the cigarettes and a picture of a larger series. The cards covered many subjects, but certainly wildlife was represented. Many other subjects including film and theater stars and sports were covered during the period of cigarette trade cards, 1870s-1890s. These cards were meant to be collected and were attractively printed as photographs as well as chromolithographs. Chromolithography was a printing process that used a separate limestone plate for each color.









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