Little Cookbooks: The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Culinary Collection

Texas Quartette [Carnrick's Lacto-preparata and Carnrick's Soluble Food]

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The front of the beige paper trading card introduces the Texas Quartette: Faith, Hope, Charity and Patience Page who were born January 10, 1890 in Ingersoll, Texas. The four babies are shown dressed in white and light blue clothing and sleeping in a large, round basket with the lid slid behind them. There are three boxes of Carnrick Soluble Food resting near the basket. At the bottom of the card is a poem in two horizontal stanzas explaining that the Page quadruplets eat Carnrick's food and directing the reader to hold the card up to the light to see the babies' eyes open. The back of the card, which is beige with grey writing, goes into more detail about the Page babies unlikely survival past six months. The four sets of black eyes, which shine through to the front when held up to the light, are seen in the center of this side of the card. The bottom section of the back of the card includes a testimonial from the father of the quadruplets and an offer to receive a copy of the pamphlet "Our Baby's First and Second Years" by Marion Harland.

Donor: Sliker, Shirley Brocker

Brand Name: Carnrick's Lacto-preparata and Carnrick's Soluble Food

Publisher: Reed & Carnrick (New York, N.Y.)

1890 (ca.)

8.9 x 12.7 cm

Trade Cards

Language: English

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Copyright: This item is in the public domain.


Citation: Texas Quartette [Carnrick's Lacto-preparata and Carnrick's Soluble Food]. The Alan and Shirley Brocker Sliker Collection, MSS 314, Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries. Available at

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