Northford, Connecticut: Stevens Bro’s, circa 1890. Album. This “Agent’s Sample Book” measures approximately 4.5” x 7” and contains over thirty pages holding almost 100 different calling card samples. All of the cards are in nice shape and have been pasted/glued to the album’s disbound pages. The cover and pages show some light wear; the gilt lettering on the cover is clear and legible. Very good. Item #008709
The cards vary in style and decoration. Some are simple, some ornate, some die-cut. Many show flowers, some feature hands, birds, shells, butterflies, and agricultural implements or scenes. One is illustrated with a giant Uncle Sam waving a flag while dancing on the roofs of railroad passenger cars. One similar salesman’s sample book is held by the Connecticut Historical Society.