Feb 25, 2010 - Sale 2204

Sale 2204 - Lot 173

Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
A RARE POSTER (BUSINESS.) JOHNSON & JOHNSON. Red Cross Cotton, From Start to Finish. Large chromolithograph point-of-purchase poster, 22x31 inches; depicts people picking cotton, enclosed by a printed wood grain "frame," the latter with some abrasion; the bottom left corner chipped, not affecting the image at all. Brunswick, New Jersey, 1894

Additional Details

This poster, depicting happy slaves in the cotton fields of the South, may have been inspired by American painter William Aiken Walker's oil "Cotton Plantation" (1881). Another version of Walker's painting, quite similar to the present poster, was engraved by Currier and Ives in 1884. Johnson & Johnson was later involved in litigation over the trademark "Red Cross."