This small mid- Victorian trade card for A. Monkhouse, Grocer and Tea Dealer, High Street, Bishopwearmouth highlights Wearmouth Bridge, Sunderland’s cast-iron bridge first opened in 1796, when it was the biggest single span of its type at about 250 feet with a high arch to allow sailing ships to pass underneath.
The trade card carries a wealth of information on trades and locations and can be a productive subject for the social historian. For the collector they offer an authenticity and a history, offering a glimpse into the working lives of shopkeepers and craftsmen of past generations highlighting trades that barely exist anymore.
As a source for inspiration the designer and
typographer will discover rich and remarkable
material. While for the student of printing history
an opportunity to learn the influence trade cards
had on the printing trade and the development