Arbuckle Brothers Coffee Trading Cards - set of 93
In 1865, John and Charles Arbuckle patented a process for roasting and coating coffee beans. Their coffee became an instant success not only because of the quality of the product, but because of their ingenious marketing strategies. First, each bag of their coffee contained a peppermint stick. Next, the Arbuckle Brothers printed coupons on the back of the bags. These coupons could be redeemed for all types of items ranging from razors to wedding rings. In the late 19th century, the Arbuckle Bros. began including trading cards in each bag of coffee. The cards came in a number of different series. This set of 93 cards dates from 1892 and 1893. It consists of several different types of cards. There are some cards from different countries (most include a map on the front). There are some cards of groups of people (Gypsies and American Negroes). There are also 2 different types of state cards - some with and some without maps of the state. Each card includes a picture on the front and an explanation of the cards (as well as an advertisement) on the back. A couple of the cards appear to be duplicates. I would say the set is in good condition overall. A few of the cards have tears to the corners, some have creases, and a few have writing (in pencil) on the back. The price is for the complete set. Please e-mail us for additional information.