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Unusual 1880s Dental Trade Card Advertising

October 13th, 2008 · No Comments

An 1880s Lowell, Massachusetts Dental Trade Card Advertising Tooth Whitener

Your dentist may be surprised to hear that the quest for white teeth is not new. Here’s some scarce subject matter and great graphics in this 1884 dental trade card advertising Hood’s Tooth Powder. The manufacturer, C. I. Hood of Lowell, Massachusetts, advertised that their product “whitens and beautifies the teeth, sweetens the breath and hardens the gums.”

An 1880s Lowell, Massachusetts Dental Trade Card Advertising Tooth Whitener

The trade card has an attractive “trompe l’oeil” (three-dimensional) effect of a smiling woman emerging from a page of advertising. It’s stamped on the reverse from a pharmacist on Limestone St. in Springfield, Ohio. Measuring approximately 3 x 4”, this is a charming dentistry collectible in excellent condition, and would look great in a dentist’s office.


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