Since a website devoted to
ephemera is itself a form
of ephemera, I've taken the time to put together a more
and durable reference in the form of an "old fashioned" book, made of
actual paper and ink. It is my hope that this book will serve
Arbuckle card collectors and historians far into the future, well
beyond the lifetime of this website. (No, the website isn't
expected to go away any time soon, but I'm trying to take a long-term
softcover reference includes full-color images of each
and every card
issued as part of a series, as well as most of the known cards that
were issued independently. Printing varieties that have been
identified for some cards are detailed and, in most cases, also
illustrated. For a few of the series, which did not use
designs originally commissioned for Arbuckles', background information
has been included which traces the original sources for those designs.
In other words, most of the details about the Arbuckle cards that can
be found on this site have also been incorporated into the book.
will serve not only as a valuable resource for active collectors of
these wonderful old pieces of Americana, but perhaps also as an
inspiration for future collectors and historians to delve into the
fascinating world of both the Arbuckle Brothers Coffee Company and
Victorian Trade Cards in general.
provide links to a representative selection of pages found in the book.
Click on any thumbnail to open an enlarged image of that
download a PDF (~22.4 MB) with all 18 sample pages for easier
purchase more than 5 at one time, please contact me for an