14 Vintage Bird Trade Cards
Today we have a beautiful collection of Vintage Bird Trade Cards. In the late 1800s, a large number of American trading cards were printed to promote companies and products. These cards came in all shapes and sizes, but one of the most popular was bird trade cards. They would advertise a company’s product, such as their soap or canned goods, by using a picture of a beautiful bird on the front with text on the back describing what they did. Some people collect these antique cards today for their beauty and rarity. The collection below were all Arm & Hammer Baking Soda trade cards. I have removed their logo as they are obviously still in business today, but the illustrations on the cards date to around 1920.
Vintage Blue Bird Trade Cards
I guess by now it’s no secret how much I love these little vintage Advertising Birdy cards BY M.E. Eaton!! Here’s a splendid one for you. This one is a beautiful bright blue with gray ‘California Jay’ peering upward 0n the number 19 card. I hope you like it too!
Above we have a pretty little bird with a mix of blue, gold, and white. This one is known as a ‘Tufted Titmouse’ and in the number 2 card of the set. He has such a sweet expression on his face I think.
This is a fabulous card for all of you bird lovers, myself included (obviously)! This gorgeous guy is a ‘Purple Martin.’ He comes from an antique Baking Soda card and shows the number 10 in the upper corner. Love that alluring blue color!!
The number 5 card is a sweet little vintage winged creature on a tiny Advertising card. Shown here is a ‘Lazuli Bunting.’ Don’t you love these bright pretty colors!!
Antique Yellow Bird Trade Cards
Above is another Advertising card with a precious little bird known as a ‘Canada Warbler.’ The card shows the number 28 and he has a yellow belly with black spots on it along with blue-gray and golden colors. So cute!
Another number 10 card shows a cute little bird known as a ‘Yellow-throated Vireo.’ She has soft yellow and brown colors with a touch of white on the wings. The aqua leaves are so pretty as well.
The bird pictured above is a ‘Dickcissel.’ He is the number 1 card and has a variety of colors such as grays, yellows, light and darks browns, and black. An interesting combination!
The bird displayed on this Advertising card is a ‘Bobolink.’ The colors are quite captivating with the black contrasting with gold and white. A very handsome one indeed! The number 25 card has beautiful aging, especially the bent corners on this one.
Orange Bird Trade Cards
The bird pictured above has quite the bright colors! The ‘Western Tanager’ displays a bright pinkish head and neck with a yellow belly along with yellow and black wings. The number 15 card is just spectacular!
This one is called a ‘Redstart.’ It has similar black and orange colors to an Oriole, which produces a splendid combination. Reminds me of Halloween on this number 6 card!
Additional Trade Cards with Birds
Shown above is another old Baking Soda Advertising card. The number 24 card has a cute little ‘Cowbird’ on it. It has a great old Arm and Hammer logo in the top corner. I thought the brown and blue colors on this one were nice for Fall Projects!
Here is another Vintage Bird Trade Card. This one was an old Singer Sewing machine card, I have removed the Singer info as they are also still in business. The card shows a gray Cat Bird perched on a branch. I really like the little picture of the Blue Egg that’s next to the Bird. A really charming card!
This one is more of a label than a trade card, but I think he fits in well here. This gorgeous Antique Advertising Label shows a beautiful flying gray/black Bird. He looks like he’s popping right out of the frame! Such a fun realistic look. There’s also a very real looking Fly on the bottom of the frame. I love that it says “Happy Bird” on it too!
I hope you enjoyed this charming curated collection of Vintage Bird Trade Cards! You might also like our large, striking collection of Black and White Bird Clipart HERE!
Thank you for these.
You are very welcome Angela 🙂
Angela Miller says
Absolutely beautiful, thank you so very much xx
Thanks Angela, so glad you liked them 🙂
Mary Hirose says
I have these cards!!! (from my great grandmother) So nice to see them here, clear and bright!!! xo
Oh how wonderful Mary!! I’m so glad you like them!
Thanks so much Brenda 🙂