Soapine Trade Cards (Wavy Name) Set and Checklist

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Title Soapine Trade Cards (Wavy Name)
Year 1880s
Size 3 1/2″ x 5″
Images Color
Type Trade
Number in Set

Soapine Trade Cards (Wavy Name) Overview

Soapine Tennis Trade Card.jpgThese trade cards were distributed by a soap substitute maker, the Kendall Manufacturing Company. The fronts depicted children and young adults inside of a thin black border. Most are non-sports cards but one in the set features a woman with a tennis racket, making that one a little desirable to collectors.

The cards were made to advertise the product Soapine. Many types of trade cards exist with the Soapine brand name but this set has a uniform design with the Soapine name printed in a wavy manner. Backs of the cards all have the same layout – a horizontal advertisement stating that Soapine is quicker, easier, cheaper, and better than soap. The product’s maker, Kendall, was established in 1827 in Rhode Island. The product was said to be for sale by all grocers.

There are two types of these sets. Some cards mention the lithographer, George Schlegel, based out of New York and others do not. The font and exact pring of the advertisement on the backs also varies.

While the advertisements for these specific sets were horizontal, the pictures on the front were vertical.

Soapine Trade Cards (Wavy Name) Checklist

A complete checklist of this set is not currently known.

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