For sale is a Victorian era LION COFFEE TRADE CARD from a series of children’s story book characters. This card features RIP VAN WINKLE with the back including a portion of the story. This card was part of a 20 card series. Card is about 5 inches tall. A great advertising collectible.
LION Coffee roared into life in 1864, in Toledo, Ohio. In 1882, LION Coffee became part of Woolson Spice Company. The owner, Alvin Woolson, started including trading cards and holiday greeting cards with every purchase. In addition to the colorful trading cards, Mr. Woolson created paper dolls and special mail-in offers that made LION Coffee the second largest coffee company in the world! “Save the wrapper” and “Cut out the Lion’s Head” became the watchword of the day in households across America. There was something for everyone in the way of a Lion brand premium from bicycles and jack knives to lace curtains and toys. All one had to do was save the Lion Heads.