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Object Name: Checker board
Date: ca. 1875
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Medium: Cardboard, paper
Dimensions: Open: 14 × 13 3/4 in. (35.6 × 34.9 cm)
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Bi-fold, paper covered, advertising checker board; interior of the board printed with red and black squares; each red square printed with a gold Indian head coin inscribed, "GOLD MEDAL/ IS THE BEST"; border around the squares printed with eight uses for "Gold Medal Soda Saleratus" and the brand and company name; one side of the reverse of the board printed with the gold Indian head coin, the other printed with a young girl in Victorian costume.
Credit Line: The Liman Collection
Object Number: 2000.511
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Marks: lithographed: on each red square: "GOLD MEDAL/ IS THE BEST" lithographed: around the checks: "A LITTLE GOLD MEDAL DISSOLVED IN A GLASS OF WATER RELIEVES/ AND CURES DYSPEPSIA, SOUR STOMACH AND HEADACHE/ NEVER BE WITHOUT GOLD MEDAL OR TAKE/ AND OTHER IF YOU DESIRE THE BEST RESULTS./ ONE OF THESE BOARDS WITH THE CHECKERS, WILL BE SENT BY US UPON RECIEPT OF 75/ CENTS, OR GOLD MEDAL WRAPPERS REPRESENTING THE EQUIVELENT OF 15 POUNDS./ APPLY A PASTE OF GOLD MEDAL DIRECTLY TO A BURN OR/ SCALD, RELIEF IS IMMEDIATE,RECOVERY GREATLY HASTENED./ DISSOLVING ONE HALF TO ONE POUND GOLD MEDAL IN YOUR WARM BATH, BOTH MAKES A SURPASSINGLY/ DELIOUS BATH INVIGORATES THE SYSTEM AND IMPARTS BRILLIANCE TO THE COMPLECTION/ GOLD MEDAL SODA AND SALARATUS HAVE/ BEEN IN USE FOR HALF A CENTURY./ GOLD MEDAL MAKES THE BEST TOOTH POWDERS, CURES SORE GUMS, RINSING THE MOUTH/ WITH A SOLUTION OF THE SAME, NEUTRALIZES THE ACIDS AND PREVENTS DECAY OF THE TEETH." lithographed: around the board edge: "GOLD * MEDAL * SODA * SALERATUS/ J MONROE TAYLOR * CHEMICAL * COMPANY NEW YORK" lithographed: on the reverse of the board: "GOLD MEDAL/ IS THE BEST"