SOAP TRADE CARD, "Three Ages of Women: Old Woman.

[GILMAN, Charlotte Perkins [Stetson]]

Published by Curtis Davis ca 1880-84, 1880
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Single chromolithographed card (3 x 4-1/2 in). The scarcest of the Gilman cards. MacDonnell notes: "To produce this set of cards, she drew upon keen knowledge of the symbolic "language of flowers," a familiarity with religious iconography, well-known images from popular culture, emblems of female sexuality, and a knowledge of old master artistry. She blended all of these themes and motifs into a set of six cards consisting of two parallel three card sets. These designs reveal Gilman's dual conceptions of the three ages of woman, one secular, the other religious." Gilman's first published work. Lane, "To Herland and Back," p. 63; Gilman, "The Living", p. 47; MacDonnell, Kevin. "Cards by Charlotte Perkins Gilman" in Trade Card Collections Assoc., Fall, 2001. Rare. After studying at Rhode Island School of Design, in 1880, at the age of twenty, Gilman and her cousin Robert Brown designed trade cards for at least four soap companies to earn money. The Kendall cards are quite playful: showing a female archer, a young boy lassos a star, a magician touches the finger tips of a woman, etc. Her original sketches are preserved among her papers and at least 30 cards have been attributed to her. Some of the images show women working like troopers at their domestic chores. The cards themselves, Gilman's first attempts at earning an independent living. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: SOAP TRADE CARD, "Three Ages of Women: Old ...
Publisher: Curtis Davis ca 1880-84
Publication Date: 1880

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