Thomas Alva Edison, from the series Great Americans (N76) for Duke brand cigarettes
Issued by W. Duke, Sons & Co. (New York and Durham, N.C.)
Commercial color lithograph
Sheet: 2 3/4 × 1 1/2 in. (7 × 3.8 cm)
The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick
Not on view
Trade cards from the "Great Americans" series (N76), issued in a set of 50 cards in 1888 to promote W. Duke Sons & Co. brand cigarettes. There are two variations of the Beecher card, one where he faces left and one where he faces right. This is the left-facing variation.
Inscription: Printed text along lower portion of image: THOMAS ALVA EDISON Printed text along lower edge of card: W. DUKE,-SONS & CO./ THE LARGEST/ CIGARETTES MANUFACTURERS/ IN THE WORLD. Printed text on card verso: GREAT AMERICANS/ [list of 50 Americans included in series, not numbered]/ W. DUKE, SONS & CO./ DURHAM, N.C./ and NEW YORK.
Jefferson R. Burdick; Donor: Jefferson R. Burdick (American, 1900–1963)