Detroit: John C. Goodrich, circa 1895. Envelope or Cover.
This advertising cover incorporates nine small drawings: five of the toy top and four of Palmer Cox’s Brownies playing with the toy top. The envelope is franked with a one-cent blue Franklin stamp (Scott Type A87) that is tied to the cover by a Barry machine cancel. The cover is in nice shape, however the stamp has several pulled and worn perforations.
The toy illustrations are titled “Bottom View,” “Top View,” “Holder,” "Ready for Variegated Colors,” and “Start in this manner.” The Brownie illustrations are titled “We Want Tops,” “Playing a Trick,” “Whistle,” and “Watching Variegate Colors.” Text accompanying the illustrations reads “Made of Brass and Nickel Plated. No Strings or Springs to break, wear out or get lost. It’s a dandy, and don’t you forget it.”. Good to Very Good. Item #009375 An unusual Palmer Cox Brownies advertisement for an unusual and short-lived toy.
Contemporary advertisements in Scientific American state that the top “changes color while going.” Making tops was apparently not Goodrich’s principal occupation as newspaper advertisements, advertising trade cards, and court records show that he was a successful real estate and insurance agent in the Detroit area.
An unusual Palmer Cox Brownies advertisement for an unusual and short-lived toy.