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Collection Description

Trade cards, also known as advertising cards were popular collectibles in the latter half of the 19th century. They advertised a wide range of manufactured goods and often contain a separate advertisement for the local seller of the product.

After his retirement as Chairman of Humanities in 1968, John Adams became part-time university archivist for San Diego State College. John and his wife Jane donated generously to the university. Their donations consisted of books, postcards, ephemera, and manuscripts.

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A. J. Nutting & Co., "Clothiers and Tailors"
A colored illustration of a child in an outdated stereotype of a Chinese outift, holding a mask. It is an advertisement for A.J. Nutting & Co of Chicago., San Diego State University, John and Jane Adams, 1989
A. S. Kent, "Dealer in Watches, Jewelry, & Silverware / Egg Samination"
A colored illustration of a child dressed in a fancy outfit. He appears to be on a farm with a goose and a goat in the background. It is an advertisement for A.S. Kent, "dealer in watches, jewelry & silverware" in Nickerson, Kansas with the name of the company in an egg-shaped design and the child is leaning on the egg with the goat charging towards him in the background., San Diego State University, John and Jane Adams, 1989
A. S. Kent, "Dealer in Watches, Jewelry, & Silverware / Egg Stacy"
A colored illustration of a child dressed in a fancy outfit. He appears to be on a farm with a goose and a goat in the background. It is an advertisement for A.S. Kent, "dealer in watches, jewelry & silverware" in Nickerson, Kansas with the name of the company in an egg-shaped design., San Diego State University, John and Jane Adams, 1989
A. S. Kent, "Dealer in Watches, Jewelry, & Silverware / Egg Sultation"
A colored illustration of a child dressed in a fancy outfit. He appears to be on a farm. It is an advertisement for A.S. Kent, "dealer in watches, jewelry & silverware" in Nickerson, Kansas with the name of the company in an egg-shaped design. The child has been presumably butted by a goat and is being held in the air by a goose with yolk dripping from the egg., San Diego State University, John and Jane Adams, 1989
Academy of Music
San Diego State University
Acme Soap, "Best Bar Soap Made"
San Diego State University
Arbuckle's Ariosa Coffee, "Arizona"
San Diego State University
Arbuckle's Ariosa Coffee, "True Artist"
San Diego State University
Arm & Hammer Brand Soda, "Church & Co."
San Diego State University
Arm & Hammer Brand, "Bleeding Heart"
San Diego State University

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