United States Fur Co. (c. mid 1800s) Advertising Poster (24 x 18” / 61 x 46 cm).
One of the earliest operating fur companies in America, the St. Louis Missouri Fur Company was founded in 1809 and emerged as a pivotal player in the 19th-century fur trade. The company became a significant force in the American West’s economic landscape and it’s company vision was to consolidate various fur trading enterprises under one umbrella streamlining operations and expanding influence in the lucrative industry. Its expeditions explored the upper regions of the Missouri River and traded with a diverse variety of Native American tribes. Capitalizing on St. Louis’ strategic location, the company served as a gateway to the frontier, and enabled trade with Native American trappers throughout its successful run. By the mid 1800s however, decline in demand for fur, the depletion of beaver populations, and changing economic landscapes led to the eventual dissolution of the company. However, its legacy remains integral to the narrative of the America fur trade era, highlighting both the economic opportunities and environmental impact of this period in U.S. history. This detailed advert and rare piece of black Americana illustrates hunters and their African American retrievers stumbling upon a skunk during expedition.
Prior to linen backing, the poster displayed minimal wear including subtle fold wear or soft creases near the margins.
Condition C9 – For Sale $675. Linen Backed.
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