Saturday, August 26, 2006

Wilmington Marble & Granite Works

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With a several cute kittens spilling out of a basket, this old Victorian Trade Card announced the Wilmington Marble and granite Works at 610 Market Street in Wilmington DE. The Works was established in 1848 and Chas E. Smith (Charles E. Smith) may have been the owner.

Trade cards were collected and usually pasted into scrap books, and this one is no exception. You can see the faint residue of glue on the reverse of this old lithograph. I'm sure the cats were meant to make this card more collectible, after all, who would want a print of a hunk of granite (apologies to my geologist friends). If you want to learn more from folks who take their minerals very seriously, check out the Stone Quarries and Beyond pages.

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