Patronize Home Institutions. / Planters Insurance Co. / of Tennessee, / Office, Corner of Main and Madison Streets, / Over Commercial Bank, Memphis, Tennessee. / Capital, $200,000. / Officers: / N.B. Forrest, President / W.H. Dedrick, Secretary / G.L. Chapman and John F. Tolan, Gen'l. Agents. / Frank P. Dougherty, Treasurer. [complete text]

Memphis, TN: Printed by Saunders, Jones & Co., nd [late 1867 or early 1868]. Beautiful, elaborate trade card, 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches, printed in red, green, and gilt, the text enclosed within a triple-rule red and green border, with green corner ornaments and a large central green ornament at the top edge; imprint below bottom border in green. Nathan Bedford Forrest, one of the Confederacy's most successful cavalry commanders, fronted for this insurance company from its founding in May, 1867, until it was adjudged bankrupt in March, 1868; the address given on the card was the company's second, quarters to which it moved in late 1867. Forrest, a successful merchant and slave trader before the Civil War, struggled in the early years after the conflict before finding success as a railroad promoter and large scale farmer. Not in Allen "Tennessee Imprints." Not recorded on OCLC. Lower corner creased, some soiling, but a nice example of a lovely southern chromolithographic trade card for a business run by one of the Confederacy's greatest heroes. (1360). Item #54681

Price: $2,500.00

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