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Whitbread Ships & Shipping Inn Signs, Maritime 1974 Inn Signs, Maritime 1974 M25 - The brewers Whitbread & Co. began issuing their reproductions of Inn Signs in 1951, the last being the 1974 Maritime Series, our Set of the Month for October. Unlike their other series where the card could be collected only at the public house where the sign was depicted – taking a degree of dedication for even hardened drinkers – the Maritime Series cards could be collected in any one of the 700 Whitbread pubs. As Whitbread said at the time “The sea had always been an important part of our heritage and we honour this tradition with a fine set of maritime inn signs befitting an island race”. Among the subjects are “Nelson”, “Shiny Sheff” (HMS Sheffield, now moored on the Thames),“Sir Francis Chichester” (on Plymouth’s Barbican where the round-the-world sailor landed in 1967 and “Gypsy Moth” the name of Chichester’s boat, “the Britannia” (now decommissioned and open to the public at Leaith) with the name spelt incorrectly as Brittania in the text
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Inn Signs, Maritime 1974

Inn Signs, Maritime 1974

Whitbread - M25 in set

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United Dairies Miscellaneous Trade Cards The Story of Milk 1966 The Story of Milk 1966 25 - These excellent colour cards look at all aspects of milk production in 1966 at a time when most people had milk delivered to their door in glass bottles and children had free milk at school. These were the days before people worried about fat content so it is no surprise the first card pictures a Jersey cow and the set goes on to take us through every step in production with informative write-up on the reverse. In those days most milk was still put into churns which were collected by lorry, but times were changing and some farms had installed bulk tanks enabling the milk to be immediately cooled and collected by a tanker which took it straight to the bottling plant. Churns by contrast went to a local depot which emptied them into tanks and the churns where then sterilised and returned to the farms by the lorries when they next went to make a collection. Milk was then transferred by road or rail to processing plants where it was pasteurised, put in bottles and sealed with an aluminium foil cap. They then made their way to the depots where they were collected by the milkman in his van (usually electric) and delivered to the doorstep. The last card is an appeal to everyone to rinse and return bottles so they can be re-used. This set was also issued by Bishops Stortford Dairy Farmers Ltd in 1966, Clover Dairies in 1964 and Home Counties Dairies Tea in 1965. These days with all the worry about plastic perhaps more people will return to doorstep deliveries. Cards size 68 x 36mm.
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The Story of Milk 1966

The Story of Milk 1966

United Dairies - 25 in set

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Wales On Sunday Rugby Union & League British Lions on Tour Australia (Rugby Union) 2001 British Lions on Tour Australia (Rugby Union) 2001 L40 - Issued with the “Wales on Sunday” newspaper to celebrate the British Lions rugby union team’s 2001 tour of Australia, the set comprises colour action photos of 37 players (18 English, 10 Welsh, 6 Irish and 3 Scots) plus manager Donal Lenihan, the head coach and the assistant coach. Here you have a galaxy of stars such as Austin Healey, Lawrence Dallaglio, Scott Quinnell, Neil Jenkins, Rob Howley, Jason Leonard, Martin Johnston etc. Four nations shield and text on the numbered backs. Size 91 x 53mm.
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British Lions on Tour Australia (Rugby Union) 2001

British Lions on Tour Australia (Rugby Union) 2001

Wales On Sunday - L40 in set

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Brindley Fish, Fishing & the Ocean Sea Fish 1992 Sea Fish 1992 16 - Anglers will appreciate this set which pictures examples of the type of fish which can be caught around our coast. These are depicted in black and white drawings on a light blue background with darker blue border. Included are the John Dory, Wrasse, Bream, Bass, Pollack, Cod, Flounder, Plaice, Red Gurnard etc. The backs contain brief information such as what bait they like or other names by which they are known etc. The set also include the Ribbon Fish which we are told lives at great depths and “only surfaces when wounded or dying”. An interesting set with cards size 70 x 38mm
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Sea Fish 1992

Sea Fish 1992

Brindley - 16 in set

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Morris Miscellaneous Cigarette Cards Horoscopes cream card 1936 Horoscopes cream card 1936 12 - None of us can be certain as to what is in store. Nonetheless it can be fun to dabble in our horoscopes imagining that the stars influence our fortunes, and you can join in with the help of Morris’s 1936 series of 12 Horoscopes with a card for each month of the year. Take someone born in January; their card will tell them about their birth sign (Aquarius), birthday jewel (garnet), colour (sky blue) and flower (primrose), a list of dates which will be your lucky days and a horoscope, the details of which we will not reveal here. Find out what your horoscope is, and those of you friends and relatives with this set. Size 68 x 36mm
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Horoscopes cream card 1936

Horoscopes cream card 1936

Morris - 12 in set

Catalogue Price £8.50 Special Offer £5.75

Inkworks (USA) Films, TV, Sci Fi & Comic Art Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 7 2003 Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 7 2003 LT90 - Features scenes from all twenty-two episodes of the popular TV Series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar in the title role, plus extra pictures of the lead characters, Buffy, of course, and Xander, Willow, Rupert, etc, four “Faces of the first” personifying evil, six “Potential Slayers”, and three “Andrew’s World”. A “must” for fans of the programme. Size 89 x 64mm
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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 7 2003

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 7 2003

Inkworks (USA) - LT90 in set

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Victoria Gallery Boxing Boxing Champions 1st Series 1991 Boxing Champions 1st Series 1991 L20 - This is an excellent set which begins with Jack Johnson who was World Heavyweight Champion between 1908 and 1915 and ends with 1986-90 champion ’Iron’ Mike Tyson with plenty of big names in between. All the cards have a light blue border and the boxer is pictured in colour in a large body shot with a smaller fight scene inset at the bottom. There is plenty of interesting information on the card backs, for instance, we learn that Jack Dempsey was the first fighter to attract a $1 million gate, that British star Tommy Farr’s style had been shaped in the boxing booths of his youth or that the legendary ‘Brown Bomber’ Joe Louis died broke even though he had earned nearly $5 million in his career. Other favourites in the set include Rocky Marciano who was the only heavyweight champ to retire without a single defeat, Floyd Patterson who was the youngest heavyweight champion, ‘Sonny’ Liston, British boxer Henry Cooper, the greatest boxer Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, London born Frank Bruno and Evander Holyfield. A 2nd Series of these was also produced in 1992. Cards size 80 x 62mm.
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Boxing Champions 1st Series 1991

Boxing Champions 1st Series 1991

Victoria Gallery - L20 in set

Catalogue Price £10.00 Special Offer £6.50

Upper Deck Football Englands Qualifying Campaign (World Cup) 1st Series Nos. 1 to 45 1997 Englands Qualifying Campaign (World Cup) 1st Series Nos. 1 to 45 1997 LT45 - Issued in 1997 this excellent set looks at the England build up to the up-coming World Cup which was held in France in 1998. This limited edition box set with checklist back contains a large size team photo of Glen Hoddle’s team with the 1966 England World Cup champions on the reverse. The cards inside are split into sections with the first batch, numbered 1 to 8 are all managers beginning with Sir Alf Ramsey and ending with the then manager Glen Hoddle, the second batch between 9 and 30 are the 1997 squad, then numbers 31 to 38 are England Legends who include Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst, Kevin Keegan and Gary Lineker then there are 7 cards headed ‘Just Get There’. These cards contain action pictures following their long road to the World Cup, beginning with the 1996 match against Moldova. With the exception of some of the Legends cards the set is in colour with informative text on the reverse. For instance we are told that Paul Ince was ‘the first black England captain’ and that Teddy Sherringham’s ‘clever footballing brain makes up for a lack of pace’. A 2nd Series was also issued in 1998. The cards are size 89 x 64mm.
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Englands Qualifying Campaign (World Cup) 1st Series Nos. 1 to 45 1997

Englands Qualifying Campaign (World Cup) 1st Series Nos. 1 to 45 1997

Upper Deck - LT45 in set

Catalogue Price £10.00 Special Offer £6.50

Victoria Gallery Miscellaneous Trade Cards Samurai Warriors 1996 Samurai Warriors 1996 L12 - The Samurai were originally Japanese fighters hired by feudal lords for protection who over time became powerful administrators. As Japan became more peaceful and unified the need for such warriors lessened and by the 1860s they had largely disappeared. Their legend lives on in films and books and in this set which includes Miyamoto Musashi, Uesugi Kenshin and Minamot Yoritomo who developed a military dictatorship known as the Shogunate. Size 83 x64mm
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Samurai Warriors 1996

Samurai Warriors 1996

Victoria Gallery - L12 in set

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Victoria Gallery Fish, Fishing & the Ocean Deep Sea Diving 1997 Deep Sea Diving 1997 50 - These cards tell the story of man’s attempts to explore the underwater world from the Victorian era through to World War II. Amazingly the twelve-bolt helmet invented by Augustus Siebe in 1837 remained in production until 1975! The set covers all manner of diving things including life-saving breathing apparatus and a recompression chamber, communication underwater, diving pumps, airlocks and salvage operations including that on HMS Gladiator which was sunk in the Solent in 1908. There is plenty of fascinating information on the card backs including the harrowing fact that divers working on the reclamation of the Gladiator in the pitch black and confined spaces had to shoulder aside the corpses of the sailors in order to close the watertight doors so she could be pumped out. Riveting stuff. Cards size 68 x 36mm
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Deep Sea Diving 1997

Deep Sea Diving 1997

Victoria Gallery - 50 in set

Catalogue Price £10.50 Special Offer £7.00

Hill Miscellaneous Cigarette Cards Views of Interest 1st Series Sunripe and Spinet Ovals back 1938 Views of Interest 1st Series Sunripe and Spinet Ovals back 1938 L48 - Back in 1938 when we originally reviewed this set we wrote “it is difficult to imagine better cards of this type than these beautifully hand-coloured real photos” and we would stand by that statement today. Included in this set are well-known landmarks like the Clifton Suspension Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Blackpool Tower, Buckingham Palace, York Minster, Caernarvon Castle and the Liver Building in Liverpool, but also included are natural wonders and views like Cheddar Gorge, Kynance Cove and Derwentwater as well as views of Cardiff, Sheffield, Hull and Newcastle which don’t often appear on cards. These must have proved popular as Hill continued with another four series of different views in 1938 and 1939. The numbered backs give plenty of information about the featured subject and “issued with Sunripe & Spinet Oval Cigarettes”, but was also issued with “The Spinet House” instead. A fine set with cards size 78 x 64mm
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Views of Interest 1st Series Sunripe and Spinet Ovals back 1938

Views of Interest 1st Series Sunripe and Spinet Ovals back 1938

Hill - L48 in set

Catalogue Price £12.50 Special Offer £9.00

Morris Miscellaneous Cigarette Cards Wax Art Series 1931 Wax Art Series 1931 25 - The 25 cards show pictures of items that have been embellished with artwork produced using melted sealing wax, a hobby that would appear to have died out. The first card in the set features an ink pen holder and, in what we are told is a simple way of making it more decorative, it is smeared with heated yellow wax, then when this has dried flat a stick of red wax is melted and the pen held so the hot wax is melted into the places marked for flowers. After this has cooled you model it into the flowers and then repeat the process for the green leaves, whilst the crossed over ribbons are created by rolling and attaching strips of warm wax. This was definitely not a craft for children as there must have been a real potential for hot wax related injuries! If you could master the pen holder then a whole new world opened up as there does not seem to be much you could not add wax art to. The set shows examples of pendants, boxes, brooches, vases, tumblers, a paper knife and even a matchbox decorated with flowers and edging. The backs contain all the information you need to give it a go so if you are looking for a new hobby to fill a long winter evening then you need look no further!
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Wax Art Series 1931

Wax Art Series 1931

Morris - 25 in set

Catalogue Price £12.50 Special Offer £8.50

Wiko (Germany) Military & Armed Forces Soldaten Der Welt (Soldiers of the World) 1969 Soldaten Der Welt (Soldiers of the World) 1969 50 - The set has German text. This set contains colour pictures of British, European and American soldiers in uniforms from the 18th century to the 1960s. Having said that over half of the set are British examples and most of these are from the 1960s. The numbered descriptive backs give regimental histories, battle honours and interesting facts. For instance we are told the French Foreign Legion wear a hat with sides known as a Kepi which offered protection against the hot North African sun. Interesting inclusions are a U.S. Military Policeman of the 1st Cavalry Division which was dismounted in 1942, a scruffy looking officer of Wurmser’s Free Corps., Austria 1793 who we are told has disregarded dress regulations, a French officer 1814 who’s uniform is described as the most elegant of all time, but not the most practical for action, a Prussian officer of Cuirassier Regiment No. 3 (1862) who’s helmet had a detachable silver eagle, a U.S. paratrooper from 1944, a private of the Gordon Highlanders, a WWII German infantry-man, a 1960s Trumpeter, King’s Troop of the Royal Horse Artillery, a Sergeant of the Glider Pilot Regiment formed in 1942 and a 1960s officer of the Royal Tank Regiment whose motto we are told is “Fear Naught”. An interesting set. Cards size 66 x 35mm. This set was also issued by Barrat & Co with English text
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Soldaten Der Welt (Soldiers of the World) 1969

Soldaten Der Welt (Soldiers of the World) 1969

Wiko (Germany) - 50 in set

Catalogue Price £15.00 Special Offer £10.00

Victoria Gallery Golf The Ryder Cup 1991 The Ryder Cup 1991 L25 - This excellent set showcases the American and European golfers who took part in the prestigious competition held near Charleston in South Carolina that year. Included are Americans Paul Azinger, Chip Beck, Raymond Floyd and Payne Steward and Europeans Severiano Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Sam Torrance and Ian Woosnam. The colour pictures were drawn by Graham Burdick and include both a head and shoulder drawing as well as a picture of the golfer in action. The backs list their victories and details of their birth except for card number 13 which pictures the trophy and gives details of the venue and teams on the reverse. A lovely golf set with cards size 79 x 62mm.
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The Ryder Cup 1991

The Ryder Cup 1991

Victoria Gallery - L25 in set

Catalogue Price £15.00 Special Offer £10.00

Weetabix Animals & Wildlife Animal Cards 1960 Animal Cards 1960 L25 - These cards contain two colour pictures of the same animal on each and were designed to be viewed through the 3-D viewer which could be obtained from Weetabix by filling in a coupon on the cereal packet and send 1’6. These are nice pictures in their own right featuring such diverse creatures as the Prairie Marmot, Hippopotamus and Chimpanzee. Also included are the Gnu, Crocodile, Camel, Tiger, Kangaroo, American Bison, Llamas, Porcupine, Giraffe, Rhino, Elephant, Lion and a couple we hadn’t heard of – the Crab-Eating Raccoon and Moufflon who are wild sheep from Corsica and Sardinia. There is plenty of information about the creature on the back along with an advert for the 3-D viewer. Cards size 112 x 45mm.
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Animal Cards 1960

Animal Cards 1960

Weetabix - L25 in set

Catalogue Price £17.50 Special Offer £12.00

Morris Fish, Fishing & the Ocean At the London Zoo Aquarium 1928 At the London Zoo Aquarium 1928 35 - As you would expect this contains pictures of the weird and wonderful creatures to be found at the Aquarium, but what makes this set stand out is the use of superb colour artwork. The artists responsible have managed to give the marine life a bit of a make-over and even the oddest looking specimens appear to their best advantage. Included in this set are a Perch, Star-fish, Smooth Spur-Toed Frog, Thornback Skate, Octopus and Sea-Horse. The backs contain facts about the creature including their favorite food. The Star-fish, we are told, can stay for days in the same position, but can move rapidly if disturbed. Apparently they particularly enjoy eating oysters. The Thornback Skate used to be found all around the British Isles and can vary in size between two to four feet. Unfortunately their thorny bodies are easily trapped in the nets of trawlers and there are concerns about their long-term survival in UK waters. Sea-Horses too are under threat worldwide and even back in 1928 the card says they were rarely found off the coast of England. Only two species of Sea-Horse live in these waters, but they are difficult to see as they are very good at disguising themselves spending most of their time clinging by their tail to stems of seaweed. These tiny creatures swim with their body erect but one of the most interesting things about them is that it is the male that carries the young in an abdominal pouch.
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At the London Zoo Aquarium 1928

At the London Zoo Aquarium 1928

Morris - 35 in set

Catalogue Price £17.50 Special Offer £12.00

Mitchell Miscellaneous Cigarette Cards Famous Crosses 1923 Famous Crosses 1923 25 - Ancient crosses in towns and villages around the British Isles bear witness to many historic events. In 1923, Stephen Mitchell & Son commissioned a series of twenty-five illustrations of Famous Crosses. As befits a Scottish firm, several of the subjects are from north of the border, including Edinburgh Cross, around which was summoned the Scottish Army before Flodden Field. Moving south to the English capital, e find a lovely evocative picture of Charing Cross in the dusk with lights shining from the windows of Charing Cross Station. High Cross, near Hinckley in Leicestershire, as the junction of the old Roman roads Watling Street and Fosse Way, is supposed to mark the exact centre of England while Banbury Cross of “ride a cock horse” nursery rhyme fame in the Horse Market is a replacement for the original destroyed by Puritans as a symbol of Popish faith. You might say Hereford is the double-cross City – it is blessed with two cards in this series, Blackfriars Cross and the White Cross, round which during the great plague reservoirs of vinegar were placed for the cleansing of money and other articles suspected of infection. Size 67 x 36mm
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Famous Crosses 1923

Famous Crosses 1923

Mitchell - 25 in set

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West Midlands Police Miscellaneous Trade Cards Pictorial History of Walsall and District 1986 Pictorial History of Walsall and District 1986 EL36 - These were issued as crime prevention hints and could be obtain from local police officers. The fronts contain copies of old sepia photos of people and places associated with the area. These include the Wheatsheaf Inn, Bloxwich c1860 which also pictures a policeman in his tall hat, the White Hart Inn, Caldmore, the Bull Stake, Darlaston c1923 where in times gone past bull baiting had taken place, Bescot railway station, author Jerome K. Jerome receiving the freedom of the borough, Brownhills Fire Brigade, the local saddle making industry c1910, a 1695 map of Staffordshire, the Bridge, Walsall with electric trams, Walsall railway station, a motor cycle rally through Willenhall in 1911 and a pony and trap being presented to nurse Sister Dora in 1873 by grateful railway workers. The backs give a brief write up concerning the building or people featured together with a different crime prevention tip such as “Do you really know who’s at your door? Don’t let him in if you’re not sure. Fit a door chain and use it”. There backs also contain details of the different companies which sponsored the production. These unusual cards are size 102 x 63mm.
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Pictorial History of Walsall and District 1986

Pictorial History of Walsall and District 1986

West Midlands Police - EL36 in set

Catalogue Price £18.00 Special Offer £12.00

Mitchell Miscellaneous Cigarette Cards Our Empire 1937 Our Empire 1937 50 - Produced at the height of Britain’s imperial might, when Britannia ruled the waves and much of the globe was coloured red showing the extent of the “Empire on which the sun never sets”, the subjects are much more diverse than the series title would have us believe. Malta, Gibraltar, Suez, the Victoria Falls, etc., are pictured as are the King & Queen, the Imperial State Crown, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Taj Mahal. But also included are HMS Hood, Tilbury Docks, Empire Flying-Boats, policemen in the Sudan and Kenya, a diamond mine, the remote South Atlantic island of South Georgia, John Buchan author of “The Thirty-Nine Steps”, Baden Powell among the Canadian Indians, the liner “Strathmore” and the Canadian memorial on Vimy Ridge. The brown and cream illustrations recall a world very different from today’s. Size 68 x 36mm
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Our Empire 1937

Our Empire 1937

Mitchell - 50 in set

Catalogue Price £25.00 Special Offer £18.00

Walters Toffee Military & Armed Forces Some Cap Badges of Territorial Regiments 1938 Some Cap Badges of Territorial Regiments 1938 50 - This set was produced by Walters, one of the largest toffee manufacturers in the country, best known for their Palm Toffee brand which was so named as it had banana flavouring in it. These were issued just prior to World War II and picture the actual badges of the regiments against a yellow background and with the name of the regiment underneath. There is a comprehensive text on the reverse from which we learn that the Lovat Scouts were formed in 1900, fought at Gallipoli and have there headquarters in Inverness, the Cheshire Regiment achieved fame by attacking a force over twelve times their number in 1843, the Royal Army Medical Corps’ motto translates as faithful in hardship and that the searchlight battalions of the Royal Engineers are “now part of the air defences of Great Britain”. It is sad to think that only a short time later these defences would be put to the test. All the cards contain the words “published courtesy of the Royal United Service Museum” on the reverse. This is an excellent military set with cards size 69 x 36mm.
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Some Cap Badges of Territorial Regiments 1938

Some Cap Badges of Territorial Regiments 1938

Walters Toffee - 50 in set

Catalogue Price £25.00 Special Offer £17.00

Morris Film & Stage Stars Pre-1940 How Films are Made White Card 1934 How Films are Made White Card 1934 25 - Before the benefit of modern computer-generated wizardy and special effects films had to be real, as we can see from this set. Prepared with the help of Gaumont-British, the cards provide a fascinating insight of production techniques during the heyday of the silver screen, model making, scenery, snow, fog, rain, make-up, camera positions, continuity,lighting, sound and so on. The illustrations are fabulous and the descriptions enhance the magic of the cinema. Size 67 x 36mm. This set was also issued on a cream card background.
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How Films are Made White Card 1934

How Films are Made White Card 1934

Morris - 25 in set

Catalogue Price £30.00 Special Offer £20.00

Morris Miscellaneous Cigarette Cards Measurement of Time 1924 Measurement of Time 1924 25 - Time waits for no one, or so they say, but our perception of time varies according to circumstances. Time drags if we are bored and flies when we are enjoying ourselves. How then can we appreciate the concept of time? That is something which has exercised mankind since primitive times when they used shadows cast by the sun. Later methods include candles marked by lines, hour-glasses, coiled spring and pendulum time pieces through to the atomic clock with each advance producing a new degree of accuracy. Many of these developments can be seen in this excellent colour series which is titled Measurement of Time and was issued in 1924. The texts give us a fascinating insight into the ways in which different civilisations approached the challenge – for example the Egyptians used the transfer of water from one container to another, regulated by an adjustable stopper, with the period between sunrise and sunset being calibrated in twelve equal parts, the hours. Clepsammia or hour-glasses measure time when find sand falls from the upper to the lower glass bulb and we are told that a sand-glass is being “used in the House of Commons to this day”. Is that still the case we wonder? This series is packed with interesting facts and pictures and is well worth your time! Cards size 68 x 38mm
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Measurement of Time 1924

Measurement of Time 1924

Morris - 25 in set

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Mitchell Military - General Series A Model Army 1932 A Model Army 1932 30 - This is an excellent set illustrating equipment and soldiers engaged in a variety of activities from bridge-building to the operation of anti-aircraft guns, plus a look at some of the famous regiments and their armaments. A novel touch is a push-out portion by which the cards can be made to stand up, hence the use of “model” in the title. Favourite pictures have to be the group of officers on active service and the anti-tank gun in action. Each subject is concisely described on the back and this is a must for anyone with an interest in military matters. The cards are size 67 x 36mm.
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A Model Army 1932

A Model Army 1932

Mitchell - 30 in set

Catalogue Price £36.00 Special Offer £25.00

Mitchell Horse Racing and the Turf Old Sporting Prints 1930 Old Sporting Prints 1930 25 - This set takes us back to the 18th and 19th centuries with a series of contemporary paintings and lithographs illustrating sports of the period – and some fascinating facts like when the third stump was added in cricket. We see bloody spots such as cockfighting and bare-knuckle boxing, horse-racing including the Grand National and the Derby, hunting, shooting and fishing. Surprising inclusions are two cards of mail coaches – the Edinburgh Express and the Brighton Day Mail which are hardly sporting topics. Packed with interest, this is a set to savour.
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Old Sporting Prints 1930

Old Sporting Prints 1930

Mitchell - 25 in set

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Morris Dogs and Pets Racing Greyhounds 1939 Racing Greyhounds 1939 25 - We think this set was issued just before the Second World War broke out because the last reference in the text is to the withdrawal of one of the runners from the 1939 Greyhound Derby which had taken place in June that year. Greyhound racing in the 1920s and ‘30s had a huge following and that is reflected in the number of sets issued by manufacturers at the time, but this set was produced by the London firm of B. Morris under the brand title “Forecasta”. The cards picture top-class greyhounds born from 1935 to 1937, whilst the informative texts give their pedigree, owner, trainer, track and prize record etc. Greyhound racing was clearly a serious business if the amount of money involved is any example. For example, Ballyhennessy Sandhills on card 2 won more than £4,800 in just three races, which was a fortune in those days. Alas there is no longer dog-racing at White City and most of the other tracks around the country have also gone, but these fine animals will bring back memories for many. Cards size 64 x 38mm.
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Racing Greyhounds 1939

Racing Greyhounds 1939

Morris - 25 in set

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Players Dogs and Pets Dogs Heads by Biegel 1955 Dogs Heads by Biegel 1955 50 - Although the issuing of cigarette cards did not start up again on a large scale after World War II the major tobacco companies commissioned several new series which they kept in reserve in case the opposition resumed issuing them. One of the subjects chosen by Players for this purpose was Dogs Heads by the artist Peter Biegel. The advantages of such a series are apparent – dogs are popular, appeal to men and women and they do not date so that the cards could be released after being stored for years with no one the wiser. Apart from his name Biegel was a wise choice because his colour portraits of these fifty breeds seem faithfully to capture each individual’s personality. Among the breeds portrayed are the Yorkshire Terrier, English Springer Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel, Old English Sheepdog, Irish Setter, Yellow Labrador, Golden Retriever, Pug, Poodle, Pekingese and Dachshund. The backs are full of information about the breed, for example the card for the Alsatian tells us that their strong and intelligent personalities “were used to great effect in the Second World War when they were employed for such diverse purposes as guard duties and mine detecting”. A fabulous canine set with cards 66 x 36
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Dogs Heads by Biegel 1955

Dogs Heads by Biegel 1955

Players - 50 in set

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Morris Miscellaneous Cigarette Cards Actresses 1898 Actresses 1898 30 - These are black bordered black and white photos of actresses from the 1890s which are stamped on the front “photo of Bassano”. English photographer Alessandro Bassano was all the rage in the late Victorian era and was famous for his high society portraits and picture of Kitchener which was used in the famous recruiting poster in WWI. He seems to have taken just as much trouble with these beauties who include Dora Bateman who went on to appear in silent movies, Jessie Bateman who began as a child actress, Muriel Beaumont who retired from acting in 1910 and is the mother of writer Daphne du Maurier, Rosie Boote who caused scandal by marrying the 4th Marquis of Headford in 1901, Evie Green a star of Edwardian musical comedies and Decima Moore a singer/actress who sung soprano with the D’oly Carte Opera Company, was active in the women’s suffrage movement and was awarded a CBE for her work in the First World War. Curiously two of the ladies appear more than once, but we don’t know why. Singer and comedian Nina Sevening appears on 3 cards and Marie Shields on 2. The plain back cards measure 68 x 41mm.
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Actresses 1898

Actresses 1898

Morris - 30 in set

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Mitchell Miscellaneous Cigarette Cards A Gallery of 1935 A Gallery of 1935 50 - “Originality” and “superb quality of production” were some of the words used by our new issues editor in our June 1936 magazine to describe this set. The photo-based pictures feature sportsmen, royalty, politicians, films stars and other personalities whose prominence during the previous year had kept them in the public eye. Many are still famous and where else would you find Walt Disney, Joe Louis, Shirley Temple and Fred Perry rubbing shoulders with Fred and Ginger, Anthony Eden, The Aga Khan, Lawrence of Arabia and Spada the Corsican bandit? The last two had already met untimely deaths before the series was issued, Lawrence as a result of a motor-cycling accident in May 1935 and Spada at the guillotine the following month, so we are informed on the card backs. This set was also reprinted by the Card Collectors Society in 1999. This is a superb series which captures the spirits of the age. Cards size 68 x 36mm
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A Gallery of 1935

A Gallery of 1935

Mitchell - 50 in set

Catalogue Price £95.00 Special Offer £75.00

 
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Starter Collections

Ideal for the new collector. We have put togther 2 bargain offers of sets of cards in mint condition saving well over 50% off catalogue prices.

Bargain 10 Offer

10 sets for £35.00
10 Sets selected from Section 1 'British Tobacao Issuers' of our catalogue, issued between 1936 and 1979. These are all original sets and not reprents in top condition Catalogued at £93.00 for a bargain price of £35.00. Sets included in this bargain offer are:

  • Carreras - 50 British Birds 1976
  • Carreras - 50 Military Unifiorms 1976
  • Carreras - 50 Sport Fish 1978
  • Carreras - 50 Vintage Cars 1976
  • Carroll - 25 Birds 1940
  • Murray - 40 Bathing Belles 1939
  • Murray - 50 The Story of Ships 1940
  • Players - 24 The Golden Age of Motoring 1975
  • Teofani - 12 London Views 1936
  • Wills - 25 Pond and Auquarium 1st Series 1950

Price: £35.00

Bargain 20 Offer

20 sets for £30.00
We have selected 20 sets from Section 4 'Trade Card Issuers' of our catalogue, issued between the 1950's and the 1990's, chosen for their wide variety of interesting subjects. All in top condition. Each set is individually catalogued at £3.00 or more, so this collection represents a huge saving on normal prices.

Price: £30.00


Sampler Collections

We have taken one card from each of 450 post-war standard size series and assembled them into nine different groups of 50. These are particularly useful for the collector who wishes to see sample cards before buying complete sets, and are also a great foundation for a "type" collection. Each group of 50 costs £6.00

Price: £6.00


Order all 9 sets for £45.00

CCN December 2018

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