Belsnickle Trade Card

$48.00Price
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              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.