Victorian Trade Card Mclaughlin Coffee Chicago Thanksgiving Day Large 6.75"
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Victorian Trade Card Mclaughlin Coffee Chicago Thanksgiving Day Large 6.75":
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Estate sale find, vintage trade card for McLaughlin XXXX Coffee based out of Chicago, Illinois, great graphics, displays nicely.
Dr. Castle McLaughlin, noted author of American history and a curator at Harvard’s Peabody Museum, is also the great-granddaughter of William F. McLaughlin (founder of McLaughlin & Co.), granddaughter of Frederic McLaughlin (founder of the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team), and daughter to William Foote McLaughlin—a man who dedicated countless hours to preserving the history of his family’s business long after Kraft Foods had destroyed most of the records acquired in its purchase in 1968.
“The larger company, W.F. McLaughlin and Co., was generally known to the public as McLaughlin's Manor House coffee," Dr. McLaughlin explains. “William Francis McLaughlin came from Cloneybecan House in county Laois, Ireland, and that inspired the brand name. He was from a well-to-do family and a college graduate, but started from the bottom in Chicago, first selling coffee beans from a wheelbarrow and then a wagon.
While virtually all of his competitors were selling raw or green coffee beans in bulk for customers to roast in their own ovens, McLaughlin realized he could stand out by pre-roasting and packing the beans prior to distribution. The only other company that jumped on this concept, Arbuckles, became the only coffeemakers to outsell McLaughlin in the years ahead.
Product Dimensions: 5 3/8" X 6.75", approximate shipping weight: 3 ounces.
PLEASE SEE DESCRIPTION AND PHOTOS FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS - The card is in overall Good used condition, signs of wear, soiling, fading, sunning and age toning, creases, no writing, no odors, please see images.