Children's Fashions

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girl wearing orange top with yellow fringe tied with red ribbon and bonnet with red bow holding apples

Perfect for a harvest celebration, but not so practical for the harvest itself, this outfit was featured on a Victorian trade card distributed with a one-pound package of Lion Coffee by the Woolson Spice Company.

At this rate, it's unlikely any cherries will be filling the bucket for the trip home!

Two souls, however, will be happily entertained.

Isolated from a Lion Coffee trade card commissioned by Woolson Spice Co., Toledo OH. The full card is displayed in the Arnold Galleries under Occupations, Childrens.

girl wearing white dress, red sash, black shoes with red ribbons teasing black & white tiger cat with cherries
Child in blue overcoat with furry brown trim and six oversize buttons, red hat, purple and white striped socks, brown gloves and black boots with furry brown trim

While going to town to shop for "Snow Soap" near its point of manufacture, Toledo OH, we came upon the irresistible red berries of the "Mystery bush."

They might have been Holly berries. Our parents cautioned us not to eat them, but they sure looked beautiful against that snowy background!

They'll be great for "show & tell" at school!

(Of course, between now and then, we anticipate a bath--with Snow Soap.)

"The Consultation"

As a brother, I can tell you this is probably unsolicited advice. It appears sister is paying the usual amount of attention to such learned counsel, giving the artist her best "do you see what I have to put up with?" expression.

The card was distributed by Woolson Spice Company of Toledo OH, which noted on the reverse that "These beautiful midsummer greetings are to be had only in the one pound packages of Lion Coffee during July and August."

Girl in pink dress and white hat with red ribbon builds a sand castle while boy wearing gold shirt, blue pants an white sailor hat with red accents bends over her.
Girl wearing gold dress accepts bouquet of blue flowers from boy wearing blue striped shirt, blue pants with patch and worn-out red socks, one of which sags toward his ankles

One of Earl J. Arnold's favorite quotations came from Maltbie Davenport Babcock:


"Opportunities do not come with their value stamped upon them. Everyone must be challenged. A day dawns, quite like other days; in it a single hour comes, quite like other hours; but in that day and in that hour the chance of a lifetime faces us. To face every opportunity thoughtfully and ask its meaning bravely and earnestly is the only to meet the supreme opportunities when they come, whether open-faced or disguised."

We are here reminded that love is bravery... and that life's most profound moments don't always come when we're wearing our "Sunday best" outfits!

Lion Coffee card distributed by Woolson Spice Co., Toledo OH

More often than now, Victorian children wore clothes that followed the styles and preferences of their elders.

Peerless Cooking Chocolate used this couple to promote "the BEST Medium Priced Chocolate in the world."

This pair looks as though they may have dressed for a wedding.

"Liliputian Bazaar" was founded by Albert Best (and evidently one James A. Smith, late with A.T. Stewart & Co.) in 1879 as a children's clothing store. It became "Best & Co." and endured with several branch stores until it was liquidated in 1970.

See Wikipedia for additional corporate history.