|Woolston Spice Company, Toledo, Ohio|
Many of the companies that used images of mandolins were not music companies. They sold unrelated goods and services and incorporated mandolins into fanciful images that were meant to catch the eye and evoke harmoniousness or nostalgia.
The trade cards themselves were merely printed advertisements, but the colorful artwork was intended to make people notice them and collect them, and perhaps even reward the issuing company with their business.
|Auburn Drug and Chemical Company, Auburn, Maine|
|Chas Counselman & Company, Chicago, Illinois|
|Barretts' Dye House, Boston, Massachusetts|
|Wesp, Lautz Brothers and Company, Buffalo, New York|
|The Broadway Tailor, Brooklyn, New York|
|Circa 1890, no advertising|
|Neptune Umbrella, Buffalo, New York|
|A.M. Peel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Kendall Mfg. Co., Providence, Rhode Island|