Speaking Dog

This is one of the most common bank cards, and concurrently one of the least impressive. It's certainly colorful, but is poorly defined and not well printed.

The Speaking Dog card was printed by A. Gast & Co., and issued in 1885. It is shown here at 85 percent of actual size. This was the only trade card that Gast did for a Shepard Hardware Co. bank; however, Gast printed all four trade cards that were issued for J. & E. Stevens banks.

It's interesting to compare this card with the Trick Pony card. These cards are similar in many respects, from overall graphic concept to artistic style to lettering. Surprisingly, though, these cards came from different printers; the Trick Pony card was done by Courier.