[Advertisement for Mrs.Potts' Cold Handle Sad Iron, with image of Chinese laundry worker : trade card]
Enterprise Mfg. Co. (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Mrs. Potts' Cold Handle Iron
Ink on paper, 4-1/4" x 2-7/8"
Recto: Chinese figure with long queue is shown dancing while holding an iron. Text at right: "Melican man muchee smart Dennis / Kinrey no goodee / Mrs. Potts' muchee / goodee China / man can iron / two shirtee all / same one shirtee / make two dollar all / same one dollar." Verso: text with illustration advertising Mrs. Potts' Cold Handle Sad Iron, with list of advantages. In lower right: "For sale by / Hoitt, Rugg & Co., / No. 53 Oliver Street, Boston." In this cartoon illustration, the product is shown as advantageous to the Chinese laundry, whereas other new products of the same period, such as celluloid collars, were advertised as ways of putting Chinese laundries out of business. Nevertheless, this illustration uses a stereotypical image.
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, ca. 1724-1977, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution