Hercules Sägemann Advertisement

Hercules Sägemann Advertisement, Heinrich Schroeder´s Kunstanstalt Nürnberg, around 1850, Color printing.
Courtesy of Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg

Before the English succeeded in cultivating caoutchouc trees in South East Asia the natural rubber required for production mostly came from the Amazonas region. However, the conditions of the rubber harvest were by no means as idyllic as the lively imagination of exoticism imagined here.