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Paper toys collection, lithographed advertising art from 1890's, Lion Coffee

Paper toys collection, lithographed advertising art from 1890's, Lion Coffee

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From the mid 1880’s or 1890’s, Lion Coffee created lithographed "Paper Toys For Children" as a form of advertising their coffee brand. Most of the figures shown have some bends, tears or small creases at the bottom where the reverse side on some reads, “Bend Back Standards.” They were printed on a lightweight paper stock and designed to be displayed by standing them up by bending back the bottom corners to create a stand. In addition to the common figures shown on the black background there is an additional set of “headless” figures that go with these collectibles.

The color however is really good and these would be wonderful used in a collage. Because they are not in mint condition, I believe I am pricing them for an as-is purchase in the hopes that some collector or artist can find a use for them.

My collection is stored in a smoke/pet free home. Please see photos for condition and content.

There are 14 intact (more or less) and one Mother Goose whose head was torn off. Additionally you will receive a series of 8 additional headless bodies. Have fun with these!


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