Introduced in 1905. Discontinued in 1943. Rare but not impossible to find. Singles circulate occasionally.

A collector friend writes, "I have a sample book that probably represents the 1918 edition, based upon the latest back design copyright of 1917. What I found interesting here is that Tri-Plaid, Snowflake, Star Plaid No. 1 and Western Plaid were all available simultaneously under both Bicycle and their Army & Navy #3032 brand, all in red and blue."

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A T. Nelson Downs Tri-Plaid throw-out card