Trade card for Sun Quong Wo
Date, 1881-1883, Date based on location listed on card. Business moved to 441 Larimer Street, Denver in 1883.
Business and commerce--Colorado--Denver
Original trade card for Sun Quong Wo, Denver-based importer, wholesale and retail dealer of Chinese and Japanese teas and goods. The card notes businessman Sun Quong Wo had an import store on Blake Street and later Larimer Street. He also had a space at the Exposition; the National Mining and Industrial Exposition building.
The card is light brown and includes an illustration of a winged cherub dressed in a green and red robe, white slippers with small red polka dots, and white nightcap. The child carries a large black and red, heeled shoe featuring a buckle and white feathers, on their back. Black text in various fonts printed on right half of front. Back is blank.
Gift of Joe Halpern.
Sun Quong Wo's business located at 403 Blake Street, between 16th and 17th Streets, Denver, 1881-1888. Moved to 441 Larimer Street in December of 1883 and by 1887-88 business is located at 1729 Larimer Street:
1881 Sun Quong Wo 401 ½ Blake Street between 16th and 17th—advertisement from 1881 Corbett & Ballenger 9th City Directory lists the business as imports, sugar, Japanese and Chinese Teas, rice, opium, Habana Cigars, Chinese Medicine and all kinds of Chinese Provisions. Ad also notes the business as a contractor for the railroad, water-ditch, and mining industries.
1883 403 Blake Street between 16th and 17th
1882 Denver Republican Sept,]. 4 page 2: “Sun Quong Wo is an agriculturalist…His gardener brought in a cabbage stalk yesterday that contained nine distinct and well formed heads. Sun has a good ranch at the foot of Thirteenth street, on the banks of the Platte.”
1882 Sept 29 Denver Republican notes, “Sun Quong Wo will retire a millionaire after the close of the Exposition”—article notes the Exposition season is closing
1883 article (August 16, Denver Republican) notes Sun Quong Wo running a bazaar at the Exposition (likely the railroad stop exposition for the Denver Circle Railroad)
1884 Article about Sun Quong Wo and “His Government” in Tonquin. This 1884 article notes that the Chinese Government ordered a tax on the Chinese in Denver, San Francisco and elsewhere in the US. The article also notes that Sun Quong Wo was the leader of Chinese in Denver in relation to taxation.
1887-88 Colorado Illustrated Business Directory notes Sun Quong Wo, Chinese Goods Dealer at 1729 Larimer
1888 Denver’s Corbett & Ballenger 16th City Directory notes Sun Quong Wo at 1729 Larimer (under Chinese and Japanese Goods, 1 or 8 businesses in Downtown Denver)
Printed on front: Sun Quong Wo, / Importer, Wholesale and Retail Dealer in / Chinese AND Japanese Teas / Rise, and all kinds of Chinese Provisions and / Fancy Goods, Best kinds of Silk Handkerchiefs, Pure / Havana Cigars, and Chinese Medicine. / CONTRACTOR FOR / RAILROAD, WATER DITCHES, / And all kinds of Chinese Laborers. / 403 Blake St., bet. 16th and 17th, / DENVER, COLO. / P. O. Box 2052.