‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||Liebig Children’s Games Trade Cards|
|Size||3″ x 5″
|Number in Set
1892 Liebig Children’s Games Trade Cards Overview
These trade cards were distributed by Liebig, a popular meat extract company. They produced hundreds of small trade card sets, usually including six cards. They began printing these cards around 1891 and continued through the 1970s.
The fronts of these cards depicted a variety of colorful sports scenes and cards are written in French. Of most interest to American sports collectors is a card featuring tennis. The card is titled ‘Jeu de Ball’, roughly translated to ‘Ball Game’ and features children hitting a ball with rackets.
The cards were made to advertise Liebig’s products. In addition to the pictures on the front, a can of the product was prominently displayed. The fronts also included the name of the sport as well as instructions to turn the card over.
Like other trade cards, the backs included an advertisement for the product, calling it the finest meat-flavoring ingredient. They also included recipes for various meals using the extract. Most notably, these specific cards added a replica blue signature of J. Liebig, the maker of the product.
While the company was in German (cards also stated they were printed in Germany) the text on the backs was in French. Other sets had text in German, English, or other languages.
1890s Liebig Children’s Games Trade Cards Checklist
- Hide and Seek
- Horse Game
- Puppet Show