Picky response from a professional historian: the advertising tradecard you use to illustrate this story is a chromolithograph (not hand-tinted — it’s a color printing), likely dating to after the Civil War. Chromolithography came to the U.S. with German immigrants, mostly after the Civil war, and they transformed American printmaking during the Gilded Age and after.

And the cards are a real hoot! A window into the peculiar Victorian mind. Harvard’s Business School library has a huge collection of them, some available online. I have a small collection I acquired via eBay.

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