Kitty Card Word Search Title

Trade Card for J&P Coats 6 cord thread circa 1870- 1900 (Public Domain)

Kitties on Cards!

The Victorian Era brought about a lot of changes both for cats and for advertisements. For the first time, cats were being seen as treasured house pets and not just as an adorable rodent removal service. Once Queen Victoria began to pamper her own two beautiful Persian cats, everyone followed suit. Soon cats were all the rage! Everyone had to have one. This is also when advertisers began to understand the selling power that cats had.

During the 1800’s television and radio were not options for companies trying to reach the masses with messages about their latest products. Newspapers and magazines were popular places for advertisements, but getting ad space was very expensive. Businesses that could not reasonably afford ad space in the newspapers and magazines came up with their own way to reach potential customers – trade cards. At first these would be a card with information about the store or product and potentially a black and white image. As time went on color lithographs became available and trade cards started to have an interesting color image on one side and the business information on the other. These cards were passed out to customers in much the same way as business cards are given out today. People fell in love with the images and trade cards quickly became a collector’s item.

To learn more about trade cards and to see a gallery of trade cards featuring cats, please visit my post Cats & Vintage Trade Cards .

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Instructions for the Interactive Word Search

  1. Words from the word list on the right are hidden within the puzzle. The words may be spelled forward, backward, or on a diagonal.
  2. Click on the first letter of the word, drag the cursor across the word, and click on the last letter of the word.
  3. The puzzle is finished once you have found all of the words.

 

Are you more likely to pay attention to a product if there is a cute kitty in the advertisement?