Bleichroeder Print Collection
The Bleichroeder Print Collection includes many images relating to credit including portraits of moneylenders, allegorical treatments of borrowing and lending, and caricatures of creditors and debtors. The collection consists of more than one thousand woodcuts, engravings, etchings, and lithographs from Western Europe and the United States, on the subjects of money, banking, and financial history and ranging in date from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century.
Seventy items from the Bleichroeder Print Collection are available in the permanent online exhibition Coin & Conscience: Popular Views of Money, Credit and Speculation.
Trade Card Collection, 1870
Guide to Using the Collection
This collection contains numerous examples of trade cards advertising commodities—such as furniture, pianos, farm equipment, and sewing machines—that were commonly sold on credit. Less often, credit financing is mentioned in the advertising copy. The trade card was one of the most popular types of advertising during the dramatic commercial expansion of the nineteenth century. Baker Library’s collections include thousands of trade cards, one thousand of which are available in digital form.