Another common Victorian trade card theme was to depict the item being advertised being used as a completely different object. In this card, the sewing machine is incorporated into a high-wheeled bicycle.
|The Light-Running |
New Home Sewing Machine
Johnson, Clark & Co.
|New Home sewing machine being used for ice skating!|
|Chariot a la New Home sewing machine.|
Yet another strategy employed by Victorian trade cards involved a blissful or idyllic lifestyle associated with the product being advertised.
|Doesn't every young girl dream of a New Home sewing machine?|
|La Maquina de Coser New Home De Movimiento|
Suave Y Ligera.
These two cards have copyright dates from the early 1880s. Don't you love the idealized version of life suggested when one owns a New Home sewing machine?
One could probably write volumes analyzing the images on these cards. I enjoy the history, the art work and the glimpses of everyday life from over a century ago!