Soyez reconnaissant pour vos maitres

  • Year: [ca. 1870–1900]

This 19th-century American trade card depicts a happy boy is dancing. The text below the image says, “Soyez reconnaissant pour vos maitres,” which translates to “Be thankful for your [school]masters”. The torn notebook under his feet and the poster on the wall that says “Vacances” [English:”Vacation”] suggests the boy might be celebrating the end of school.

Trade cards advertised businesses or services, typically with an image on one side and business information on the other. The advent of chromolithography  spawned a passion for collecting attractive and colorfully designed trade cards, which became a popular hobby in America in the late 19th century.

Soyez reconnaissant pour vos maitres is available in the public domain via Creative Commons No Known Copyright .

Boston Public Library / Digital Commonwealth | Source: Digital Public Library of America

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