What Did Printers Print?

by Richard Sheaff

Many 19th century promotional cards and advertisements for printing and engraving companies list of the sorts of things they had produced, or wished to produce. I always like to take a close look at such listings, and am often rewarded with new information.

And in addition . . . each one of such listed items can be looked at as a category of collectible! With that in mind, here are a few trade cards which itemize products, followed by a list compiled from a host of vintage items, in no particular order.

Invitations

Counting house seals

Door plates

Checks

Receipts

Visiting cards

Professional cards

Trade cards

Business cards

Promissory orders

Letterheads

Billheads

Diplomas

Certificates

Labels

Tickets

Passes

Award certificates

Rewards of Merit

Warrantees

Wedding cards

Cake boxes

Publications

Books

Magazines

Records

Headings

Arguments

Momentos

Statements

Schedules

Railroad bills

Due bills

Wrappers

Law briefs

Orders of Dancing

Circulars

Warrants

Pamphlets

Booklets

Almanacs

Diplomas

Handbills

Posters

Periodicals

Bills of lading

Shipping manifests

Price lists / Prices current

Catalogs

Folders

Souvenirs

Show cards

Programs

Records

Dodgers

Envelopes

Calendars

Chromolithography on iron, glass and paper

Illuminated advertising cards

Patriotic envelopes

Maps

Pictures

Blank books

Foolscap

Note papers

Ruled forms

Chromos

Bands

Landscapes

Portraits

Scenes

Diagrams

Charts

Fans

Shape novelties

Advertising cards

Note heads

Campaign materials

Transcripts

Address cards

Hat checks

Door hangers

Bills of fare

Paper bags

Wrapping paper

Folding boxes

Sheet music

Cards for mounting photographs

Novelties

Advertising envelopes

Greeting cards

Fliers

Flour bags

Inserts

Stock certificates

Score cards

Valentines

Sailing cards

Scraps

Playing cards

Notices

Announcements

Invoices

Dunning notices

Mottos

Rosters

Menus

Cookbooks

Diecuts

Tags

Eulogies

Display cards

Signs

Bookplates

Recipe cards

Awards

Postcards

Decals

Views of buildings

Bonds

Bank notes

Stationery