This very old advertising trade card is in remarkable condition considering it is 125 years old.
I'm not sure why a Banjo was chosen to sell Sewing Machines, but companies made there advertising cards attractive because people would then hold onto them and collect them, maybe prop them up on the mirror or mantle. Maybe by putting a banjo on it it would appeal to the men who could buy there women a sewing machine. I often see images of ships on sewing machine trade cards, too.
Even more exciting is the letter pressed copy on the back which shows ads for the White Sewing Machine being shown at The Centennial Expo in Cincinnati in 1888 and the Paris Expo in 1889.