With a metamorphic slide that resembles a television screen. As you bend a side, the bed changes to a table and back again, with the letters of Presto and Change coming in and out of view. This advertising card strikes us as highly novel, given its earliness. The effect is also similar to some billboards with slat devices. We know the date of 1916 based on the cancellation of the stamp, and this shows that the Ta-Bed patented piece of furniture substantially pre-dates misinformation one might find on the Internet. The card is a typical postcard size of 9 by 13.5 cm, with the screen 5 by 6 cm, and the card elsewhere replete with sales pitch puffery other than the address area. The card has light soiling, and an address is written in. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: [Metamorphic Postcard] Table Bed. A table by...
Publisher: United Table-Bed Company
Publication Date: 1916
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