2 Cologne Advertising Trade Cards
Posted below are 2 Austen’s Forest Flower Cologne Advertising Trade Cards. They were created by the W.J. Austen Company, a perfume company, that was based in Oswego NY. I first posted these back in 2007. These newer versions are much better quality high resolution scans, so hopefully you will find that these versions are easier to work with. Both of these cards are quite rustic and aged looking. I didn’t bother to try and clean them up too much, as I think the rustic-ness of them really adds to their charm. They are loaded with age spots and the ink is a bit imperfect. I have to say I am rather intrigued with the concept of “Forest Flower Cologne”. I find that I can’t help but wonder what sort of flowers grow naturally in the forest that are suitable for the creation of perfume?! Do you have any ideas? I can make out a bit of the description on the back of one of the cards, as these were both glued into an album at one time, so much of it is worn away. The descriptions says “It possesses the permanence of odor and the true fragrance of natural flowers, forming a delicate and lasting bouquet.” Well now … I’m not so sure about the permanent odor part, but the rest sounds very nice!
This first card is my favorite of the two. Featured here is a lovely woman, possibly even a Goddess? She is wearing a blue and white flowing gown, with a red long red silk sash wrapped around her waist. Her feet are bare and she is carrying a very large garland of roses and leaves. As if she has collected the flowers from the forest and is ready to make Cologne or Perfume with them now!
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