Cosmic Canvas: Mercury and Venutian Landscape

Mercury Landscape Trade Card Found Image Holdings/Corbis via Getty Images

I don't have a lot of information on this one, but the "Mercury Landscape Trade Card" depicts the sun-blasted surface of our solar system's inner-most planet. The language is Italian, but there's no information on the year. However, there is a second image available, that of the Venus card in the series:

Venutian Landscape Trade Card
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It's also a beauty -- and I envy anyone out there who had the entire collection. Maybe YOU were that lucky little Italian kid. Share the riches with us, won't you?

UPDATE! Here's a look at the other cards in the series, submitted by Twitter user @quadrotritical:

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