Trade card, circa 1880s – 1890s. Lithographer: Vallet, Minot & Co., Paris.
Price: $5.00 Size: About 2 and 9/16 x 4″
This cute trade card, of a Scottish Highlander playing the fiddle, was probably one of a series representing different countries.
There is no advertising on the back, which is not that unusual, but it was surprising (just upon closer scrutiny) to find that it had been printed in France. There’s the bold black lettering in English but enlarge the image to make out the words, Airs variés, and at the bottom left, the name of the lithography company, the first word of which appears to be Vallet, and their location, Paris…..A little time spent searching the web….et voila! C’est Vallet, Minot & Cie. Below, their nice logo showing a V over an M, which together almost looks like an insect, somewhat like a butterfly.