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(Butchery - Trade Card) Nelson Morris & Co. Supreme - Matchless.

Color lithograph, opens to 5x5. Boston: Beacon Lithograph Co., [1893].

German-born Nelson Morris arrived in Chicago in 1854 and found work with meatpacker John B. Sherman, and started his own meatpacking business in 1859. Morris's company was one of the original meatpacking companies at the city's Union Stock Yard, which opened in 1865. By 1873, the company's annual sales were about $11 million. Like other leading Chicago packers such as Swift and Armour, Morris's operations extended across the nation during the last decades of the nineteenth century. At the time this trade card was printed (with two hams on one side, and graphic images of their meatpacking operation on the other), they were exhibiting at the Chicago World's Fair of 1893. Fine. 

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