I was told, upon graduation from high school, that one never stops learning. Today I was again reminded of that. I was doing market research on a late 19th century victorian trade card prior to listing it. I couldn’t figure out what the product was, so “binged” the company name. I found the product was related to mourning customs. The company’s name- New England Crape Refinishing Company of Boston. A crape is a black band of crepe fabric worn as a sign of mourning around the arm or, formerly, around a hat. Evidently the product advertised on this trade card is designed to clean black crepe mourning garments. I have learned something new today; different, but new.
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