Arkansas, Home of the Peach, Strawberry and Vine
Printed by the Compton Litho. Company, St. Louis.
Trade card, 3 1/4 x 5 1/8 inches. Undated, but 1880s. Some light rubbing to image, one tiny corner chip; very good. This uncommon and attractive card invites inquiries "for full and complete information touching on the products of Arkansas, her climate, soil, timber, mineral lands, etc" to be diected either to the Arkanas Department at the New Orleans Centennial Exposition (1884) or to Thomas Essex, land agents of the St. Louis, Iron Mountain, and Southern Railway (which ran between St. Louis and Texarkana). Railroads were essential to the economic recovery of the post-Civil War South. Seeking to increase the amount of traffic they carried, the railroads actively promoted diversification in agriculture, encouraging people to come to Arkansas and grow new crops--among them the luscious fruits shown on this card.