[Violin] Thomas, Theodore. (1835-1905)
Thomas Grand Orchestra - Vintage Gut Strings Trade Card
Original trade card, ca. 1870-1900, advertising John F. Stratton & Co.'s Russian gut violin strings. The postcard features a detailed image of "Thomas' Grand Orchestra at Gilmore's Garden" depicting the American violinist and conductor of German birth, the founder of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. On the verso, a text describes the virtues of Russian gut strings, with testimonials from professional musicians. Overall toning and one spot on the verso; overall fine. 5.5 x 3.5 inches (14.2 x 8.6 cm).