Today's #TradeCardTuesday is inspired by Gilbert and Sullivan ...

Advertising card for soap with an illustration based on a scene from Gilbert and Sullivan's H. M. S. Pinafore, shows children as a sailor (Ralph Rackstraw) with a young maiden (Josephine) on board ship.

Today's #TradeCardTuesday is inspired by Gilbert and Sullivan's H. M. S. Pinafore. This undated (ca. 1885?) advertisement promoted Higgin's German Laundry Soap.

The product was manufactured by the New York City soapmaker Charles S. Higgins beginning in 1880, who sold the rights to the brand and trademark to the Amalga Soap Company in 1890.

This item is part of Hagley Library's Fingerman ephemera collection (Accession 2009.213).  Assembled by collectors Arlene and Gerald Fingerman, the collection consists of mixed-format ephemera from various endeavors within American culture, primarily the manufacturing and selling of products or services.

This collection has not been digitized in its entirety, but you can view a selection of materials from the collection now in our Digital Archive - just click here!