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Chromolithographic cards titled "Three Ages of Woman," as depicted by fantasy flower people, designed by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

 Collection — Box: 1 [31151034438071], Folder: 2
Identifier: MS-0807
This collection is a six card chromolithographic set of album cards, "Three Ages of Woman," representing the ages of woman as depicted by fantasy flower people. The cards were designed sometime in the 1880s by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, an American writer and noted feminist.


  • 1880s

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.


.167 Cubic Feet (1 legal sized folder)

Biographical Note - Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Charlotte Perkins Gilman was an American writer, poet, illustrator, and feminist. Her writings were rediscovered in the 1970s and, to date, her most celebrated work is a short story titled, The Yellow Room. Her personal life was cause for public backlash during her career after she divorced her husband.

There is no available information on the printer or manufacturer of these cards.

Source: Harrison, Pat. "The Evolution of Charlotte Perkins Gilman." Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. May 06, 2015. Accessed April 03, 2018.

MacDonnell, Kevin. "Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Trade Card Designs." ABAA: Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America. Accessed April 03, 2018.

Content Description

Rewritten from dealer description:

This item is a six card set of album cards representing the ages of woman as depicted by fantasy flower people. The cards were designed by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, sometime in the 1880s. The cards are chromolithographs with a gold background and marked at lower right in margin with word "copyright."

There are three secular cards and three religious cards. The secular woman evolves from a daisy to a buttercup and finally a delicate rose. The religious woman evolves from a morning glory to a calla lily to an iris, becoming more subdued. Although the cards were designed as trade cards, this particular set is album cards. The reverse is blank.

Each measures 3 inches x 4 3/8 inches.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Eclectibles in January 2017.

Related Materials

Additional chromolithographic cards designed by Charlotte Perkins Gilman can be found in the collection, Chromolithographic trade cards advertising "Soapine" soap product, designed by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, MS.0828, Special Collections.

Processing Information

Processed by Kelly Daughtridge in April 2018.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA