Belsnickle Trade Card
Compliments of the Season from J. N. Mittleberger & Co.
Victorian trade cards are the source of artwork that is colorful, often humorous, always beautiful ~ artwork that reflects the tastes and trends of that era. Trade cards can be a lovely form of teaching tool. This card is from J. N. Mittleberger & Co., St. Charles, Missouri. MIttleberger's was a dry goods and clothing store. Our last photo shows you the shop as it once stood in St. Charles. The trade card's picture is heart-warming. St. Nicholas, rather than Santa Claus, gives Victorian children toys. Dressed in traditional Belsnickle garb, he wears a long brown coat trimmed with fur and has a crown of holly on his head. He carries a wicker backpack filled with gifts wrapped in plain brown paper and string. Those were the days before jolly wrapping paper and glitzy wired ribbon. He has a leather satchel hung over his shoulder with more gifts. The visible toys are beautifully detailed. A graceful rocking horse, a toy horn, dolls in charming ensembles, the peak of a castle tower peeking out of his pack ~ and on and on! Candles glow on the tree beside Lebkuchen cookies and candy. The card measures 4 1/4" X 6 1/4". It is in very good condition with only a mild bend to the lower left hand corner. The back is plain. Free USPS Priority shipping for USA addresses.