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A ca1880-1890 trade card ( a Bufford stock card ) for one E. C. Davis of Providence, Rhode Island, "COLLECTOR OF BUSINESS CARDS"!
No way to be sure, but "business cards" at that time probably referred both to straightforward business cards and also to those cards which we today call "trade cards".
Mr. Davis might just be our earliest known collector of trade cards!
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