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Jim found this lovely catbird for me. If you look at the logo in the upper left, it says “SINGER MANFG. CO. ” Beneath the words is a needle and thread design. So especially appropriate!

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The artist was John L. Ridgway, a scientific illustrator best known for his illustrations of birds and other wildlife, as well as his drawings for the U.S. Geological Service. The copyright date at the bottom left is hard to read, but looks like 1892. (The library notes say it was issued in 1899, so perhaps I’m reading it wrong.)

The American Singer Series was a set of 16 trading cards that also served as advertisements. The catbird card shown above was 4.5″ x 6″. I don’t know if they were all the same size. Other cards featured birds including the brown thrasher, orchard oriole, and rose-breasted grosbeak. On the back of the catbird card is an ad for the Singer No. 101-2,  an electric machine.

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Notice also the easy payments and liberal exchange allowance!

Jim found this (and 679,149 more items!) in the New York Public Library’s digital collections. Thanks Jim!