[Trade Card] Souvenir Spoons. Dainty Souvenirs from Mount Royal Park.
Trade card for “The Indian Bazaar,” souvenir merchants and dealers in Native American goods in Montreal’s Mount Royal Park. The urban park, noted for its mountainous terrain, was designed by American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted (1822–1903) and opened in 1876. In 1885, a sightseeing funicular railway commenced; the card notes the location of the bazaar “on this platform,” likely referring to this railway.
Souvenirs offered for sale include a variety of spoons (salt, coffee, tea, orange, and sugar) plus photographic views and “Genuine Indian Made Mocassins, in Moose, Elk, Kid and Labrador Seal, Birch Bark Canoe’s Etc.” The Indian Bazaar claimed they were “the largest dealers in Curios, Spoons and Views, in the Dominion” of Canada.
Description: [Trade Card] Souvenir Spoons. Dainty Souvenirs from Mount Royal Park.
[Montreal, Quebec, Canada, c.1885–1900s?]. 3½ x 5¼ inches. Letterpress printed on recto only. Horizontal creasing; short closed tear and corner wear along bottom edge; good.