Easy Pictures for Slate Drawing Trade Card for businesses in White Plains, NY
Slate drawing card featuring fairly complex domestic objects for children to copy on slate (chalkboard) tablets, including a bristly broom and woven basket. From a series of advertising novelty/trade cards printed by B. McNally in Newark, NJ. Advertises four businesses in White Plains, NY: Buffle & Keene Marble and Granite; Tibbets Coal and Wood, Real Estate & Insurance; G. G. Platt, Dentist; annd A. J. Meann, Boots, Shoes, and Rubbers sales and repair. Approx. 5 x 4 inches. Very Good condition with light scuffing and handling wear. Copying images on slate tablets was a popular method for teaching drawing in the classroom. Children would progress from basic lines and shapes, to representational forms in outline, objects in perspective, and eventually rendering shading in animals and organic subjects. Because the method didn't require the expense of extra paper or supplies, it was also an economical amusement at home. Slate drawing cards and booklets were welcome forms of advertising, providing an economical means of amusement for children that ensured their longevity amongst customers.