Little Cookbooks: The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Culinary Collection

Ballard's Obelisk Flour


The front panel of the one-fold trade card features a color drawing of an obelisk with pyramids in the background, with text that reads Ballard's Obelisk Flour (with the latter two words in a red banner), Always Reliable, and in a logo, Ballard's 196 Best Obelisk Flour Louisville. The back panel features a color illustration of a woman, seated, holding a large pan of baked bread, next to an iron stove in a kitchen. A bag of Ballard's Best Obelisk Flour sits on a nearby table. The back panels are primarily text, both promotional messages as well as suggestions for making bread, plus a black and white drawing of an obelisk, a pyramid, the Egyptian Sphinx, and a palm tree.

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Donor: Sliker, Shirley Brocker

Brand Name: Ballard's Obelisk Flour

Publisher: Ballard & Ballard Co. (Louisville, Ky)

1890 (ca.)

17.8 x 11.4 cm

Trade Cards

Language: English

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Copyright: This item is in the public domain.


Citation: Ballard's Obelisk Flour. The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Collection, MSS 314, Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries. Available at

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