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Wellfleet. No Delay in Loading! Sutton & Co's Dispatch Line for San Francisco!


  • PUBLISHER: George F. Nesbitt & Co., New York.

  • MEDIUM: Letterpress and wood engraving.

    DATE: 1850s-1860s.

  • EDITION SIZE: Card size 3 5/16 x 5 15/16" (85 x 151mm).

  • DESCRIPTION: This clipper ship card advertises the Wellfleet, featuring an elaborate display of the vessel's name in blue, red, and gold, entwined by delicate blue vines. A decorative flag engraving also is shown, with what looks like a beehive. The destination is also prominently displayed. These clipper ship cards were first used as a smaller alternative to broadsides, following in the tradition of trading cards, and became very popular and widespread in the 1860's. The imagery on the card typically supported the name of the ship, and thematically would largely fall into stock categories established such as nautical themes, women, knights/warriors, mythology and folklore, and patriotic themes, to name a few. The size, cargo capacity, destination, master's name, and not least of all, the word 'clipper' (complete with a bold, descriptive byline) would usually be incorporated into the design. <br><br>


  • CONDITION: Good condition.


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