This piece of advertising for the Tompkins Bros. company comes on the front of a blotter. A blotter, as discussed in a previous blog, was used to dab up excess ink from a fountain pen so it wouldn’t smear. This particular blotter was well used and I am surprised it survived. The photo depicts a heavy duty wagon with three strong work horses. The driver, who is African American, sits high above the horses and is clearly in control. How amazing that less than 100 years ago the scene depicted on the blotter was considered up to date in all aspects. For those who might be curious the Tompkins’ business was located “foot of Third Ave. Newark N.J.”.