Historical Context

This trade card was created in the year 1890, a time in Canadian history was recognized for it's increasing industrial economy and urbanization. At this time Canadian businesses were starting to become less local and more national. Trade cards were introduced to the North American society as a form of commercial advertisements in the early 1800's. Although it was not until the 1870's, when lithography was introduced, that trade cards flourished in popularity. 

Lithography was a printing revoluation for trade cards. The process required printing from a plane surface on which the image to be printed is ink-receptive and the blank area is ink-repelent. (Merriam Webster Dictionary, 2016)