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Cult-Stuff Military - General Series Civil War Chronicles Volume 2 2015 Civil War Chronicles Volume 2 2015 LT36 - Like Volume 1, issued in 2013, this volume contains pictures of the American Civil War. The colourful artwork is taken from different contemporary sources with Nos. 1-13 featuring the work of Thure de Thulstrup, Nos. 13-18 has art from Julian O Davidson and cards KA19 to KA36 contain pictures taken from lithographs produced by Chicago company Kurtz & Allison. The pictures are stunning and include some of the less well known battles. The backs of Nos. 1 to 18 give details of the engagement taken from original text taken from the L. Prang catalogue of 1888, whilst the remainder just give the name of the battle and information about Kurts & Allison. Size 88 x 63mm.
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Civil War Chronicles Volume 2 2015

Cult-Stuff - LT36 in set

£12.00

Topps (USA) Military - General Series Desert Storm 1st Series (Yellow Desert Storm Front) 1991 (Grey card USA printing) Desert Storm 1st Series (Yellow Desert Storm Front) 1991 (Grey card USA printing) LT88 - This is the series with Desert Storm shield on the front in yellow and grey card back. This features colour pictures of the American commanders (including George Bush the then President), soldiers, tanks, ships and aircraft, including some allied planes like the French Mirage and Britain’s Tornado involved in the Gulf War. America and twenty-seven NATO countries were involved in the operation, known as Desert Storm, which aimed to restore peace in Kuwait as expel the Iraqi army of occupation. The numbered backs contain information such as armaments, speeds and contractors as well as details of coalition members and even American military history, whilst the last card is a checklist. All good patriotic stuff designed to inspire confidence in the American forces. Size 89 x 64mm. NOTE The UK version is printed with a white back.
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Herald Alarms Military - General Series Feudal Lords 1986 Feudal Lords 1986 EL10 - These extra-large cards feature mounted knights in medieval armour pictured against appropriate backgrounds such as castles and battlefields. Each picture is signed M Davies and has a relevant caption such as “An Englishman’s Home” or “A Hail of Death” which pictures the knight struggling as the sky rains arrows. The backs feature a flag with the company name and series title with details of Herald Alarms including their telephone number below. Nice artwork on an uncommon subject. Size 100 X 66mm
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Feudal Lords 1986

Herald Alarms - EL10 in set

£12.00

Cult-Stuff Military - General Series Propaganda & Posters Series 1 (World War 1 & 2 Posters) 2013 Propaganda & Posters Series 1 (World War 1 & 2 Posters) 2013 LT36 - This series reproduces official posters from the two World Wars, mainly British, American and German, plus a sprinkling of others (Canada, Dutch Government in exile etc.) designed to aid recruitment, raise funds, increase production or vilify the enemy, presented within a brick wall border. The backs describe the purpose of the image, the artist where known, and the responsible authority – Ministry of Information, U.S. War Department and so on. Size 89 x 64mm.
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Quaker Oats Military - General Series Armour Through the Ages 1963 Armour Through the Ages 1963 EL12 - These cards picture, in colour, the chain-mail and metal protection used by elite warriors of the past. We say elite not just because these suits of armour cost a fortune, but also because the backs name the person for whom the suit was made as well as giving further information on the type of protection and other features. The set begins with Richard I and his mail shirt or Malberk and ends with a mailed suit made for Charles II of England, although we are told that the late 1600s marked the end of full armour wearing and is known as the half armour period. Other cards include the black armour of Edward, Prince of Wales which led to his nickname ‘The Black Prince’, the elaborate German armour of Sigismund, Archduke of Tirol, the heavily engraved suit worn by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester who was a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I, the vast suit belonging to Henry VIII, the ornate armour of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain which was based on a Roman Legion’s uniform and Philip II of Spain’s mounted tilting armour. An interesting set with cards size 95 x 66mm
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Armour Through the Ages 1963

Quaker Oats - EL12 in set

£15.00

Tuff Stuff (USA) Military - General Series Remember Pearl Harbour 1991 Remember Pearl Harbour 1991 LT50 - December 7th, 1941, was a turning point in World War II when Japanese aircraft attacked Pearl Harbor, the Hawaiian island base of the American Pacific Fleet, sinking or crippling eight battleships and killing 3,600 men. Admiral Yamamoto had hoped the devastating strike would force a negotiated peace. Instead President Roosevelt addressed the American people with his “Day of Infamy” speech and declared that “a state of war now exists between the United States and the Japanese Empire”. This historic card series uses both black and white and colour photographs of the action, the men involved and the aftermath, with descriptive backs. Size 89 x 64mm.
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Remember Pearl Harbour 1991

Tuff Stuff (USA) - LT50 in set

£15.00

International Heritage Military - General Series Squadrons and Aircraft of the R.A.F.1993 Squadrons and Aircraft of the R.A.F.1993 L20 -
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Squadrons and Aircraft of the R.A.F.1993

International Heritage - L20 in set

£15.00

J.F.Sporting Collectibles Military - General Series Boer War Officers 2008 Boer War Officers 2008 LT24 - The names of these British military leaders will be familiar to collectors specialising in Guinea Golds and other series from the end of the 19th century, but these J.F. Sporting cards are better with excellent coloured photo-based pictures featuring the likes of Kitchener, Methuen, Hunter and Buller, plus Baden-Powell founder of the Boy Scout movement. Included are some officers who suffered the ultimate price for their war service, Woodgate who died from wounds received at Spion Kop, Wauchope killed at Magersfontein and Afghan war veteran Lt. Roberts, V.C, killed at Ladysmith. Very comprehensive career details on the backs. Size 90 x 68mm.
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Boer War Officers 2008

J.F.Sporting Collectibles - LT24 in set

£16.00

Topps (UK) Military - General Series Desert Storm 1991 (White card UK printing) Desert Storm 1991 (White card UK printing) LT88 - This features colour pictures of the American commanders (including George Bush the then President), soldiers, tanks, ships and aircraft, including some allied planes like the French Mirage and Britain’s Tornado involved in the Gulf War. America and twenty-seven NATO countries were involved in the operation, known as Desert Storm, which aimed to restore peace in Kuwait as expel the Iraqi army of occupation. The numbered backs contain information such as armaments, speeds and contractors as well as details of coalition members and even American military history, whilst the last card is a checklist. All good patriotic stuff designed to inspire confidence in the American forces. Size 89 x 64mm. NOTE The USA version is printed with a grey back.
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Desert Storm 1991 (White card UK printing)

Topps (UK) - LT88 in set

£16.00

Churchman Military - General Series R A F At Work 1938 (reprint 1995) R A F At Work 1938 (reprint 1995) M48 - This shows personnel and planes going about their business just before the outbreak of the Second World War. The well-rounded look at life in the R.A.F includes men relaxing in the Airmen’s Club at Abu Sueir in Egypt, lowering a float-plane onto the sea, parachute jumping, cooks at work, fabric workers covering a wing, refueling a plane in the desert, engine maintenance, fitting torpedoes, inspecting a Vickers ‘Wellesley’ Bomber etc. It shows too the range of vehicles used by the R.A.F on land such as fire engines, armoured cars and motor boats. The numbered backs give plenty of information on the roles and duties of staff. For instance a Wireless Operator must also know about electricity and be capable of manufacturing the less complicated parts of wireless equipment. Size 68 x 53mm
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R A F At Work 1938 (reprint 1995)

Churchman - M48 in set

£16.00

J.F.Sporting Collectibles Military - General Series Scottish Clan Tartans 2nd Series 2003 Scottish Clan Tartans 2nd Series 2003 L24 - Following on from their first series issued in 2002 we now have 24 more Scottish clans represented by characters portrayed in colour wearing traditional dress against a background which includes the clan’s name and crest, plus a strip showing the tartan. Arranged alphabetically from Bruce to Urquhart, there are descriptions of their origin and exploits on the backs. Size 80 x 64mm.
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Scottish Clan Tartans 2nd Series 2003

J.F.Sporting Collectibles - L24 in set

£16.00

J.F.Sporting Collectibles Military - General Series Scottish Tartans 1st Series 2012 (similar to Scottish Clan Tartans 1st Series) Scottish Tartans 1st Series 2012 (similar to Scottish Clan Tartans 1st Series) LT24 - Similar to the 2002 series titled Scottish Clan Tartans but in “LT” rather than “L” size, each picture shows a different tartan plus a clan member in traditional dress and the corresponding coat of arms, alphabetically from Buchanan to Sutherland with the clan histories on the back revealing turbulent times. Size 89 x 64mm.
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J.F.Sporting Collectibles Military - General Series The Armies of India 2010 The Armies of India 2010 LT24 - These are colourful paintings of Soldiers from Indian regiments at the time of the Raj with their history on the card backs revealing a succession of mutinies, rebellions and local conflicts including the Afghan wars, more or less constant turmoil throughout Victoria’s reign. Included are the Khyber Rifles whose forts fell to Afridi tribes in 1897 requiring four months and 44,000 troops for the British to retake the Khyber Pass, and the 24th Punjabir sent to China during the Boxer Rebellion and to Iraq for the Mesopotamia Campaign in World War I. Size 90 x 64mm
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The Armies of India 2010

J.F.Sporting Collectibles - LT24 in set

£16.00

Herald Alarms Military - General Series Feudal Lords 1986 Feudal Lords 1986 10 - These cards feature mounted knights in medieval armour pictured against appropriate backgrounds such as castles and battlefields. Each picture is signed M Davies and has a relevant caption such as “An Englishman’s Home” or “A Hail of Death” which pictures the knight struggling as the sky rains arrows. The backs feature a flag with the company name and series title with details of Herald Alarms including their telephone number below. Nice artwork on an uncommon subject. Size 69 x 35mm
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Feudal Lords 1986

Herald Alarms - 10 in set

£20.00

Anstie Military - General Series Lord Kitchener (Woven Silk Issue) c1915 Lord Kitchener (Woven Silk Issue) c1915 L1 -
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Prescott Pickup Military - General Series Sovereign Series No 8 War in the South Atlantic 1983 Sovereign Series No 8 War in the South Atlantic 1983 EL63 -
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Sovereign Series No 8 War in the South Atlantic 1983

Prescott Pickup - EL63 in set

£20.00

Wills Military - General Series Waterloo (unissued) 1915 (reprint 1987) Waterloo (unissued) 1915 (reprint 1987) 50 -
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Wills Military - General Series Britains Part in the War 1917 Britains Part in the War 1917 24 -
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Britains Part in the War 1917

Wills - 24 in set

£25.00

Teofani Military - General Series Past and Present Weapons of War 1938 Past and Present Weapons of War 1938 24 - The subjects are 'paired' with an example from the past being followed by one from the present - that is 1938. It is amazing how close the analagies are. Even the tank had its prototype in the 'Tortoise' of the Middle Ages the only difference being an improvement in mechanical effectiveness. Obviously there have been many further advances in weaponry in the seventy years or so since these cards were issued and the excellent colour pictures and informative texts have the additional interest of allowing us to compare present-day armaments with what was state of the art in 1938.
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Past and Present Weapons of War 1938

Teofani - 24 in set

£25.00

Amalgamated Tobacco Military - General Series Weapons of Defence 1961 Weapons of Defence 1961 25 -
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Weapons of Defence 1961

Amalgamated Tobacco - 25 in set

£25.00

Barratt Military - General Series Warriors Through the Ages 1962 Warriors Through the Ages 1962 25 -
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Warriors Through the Ages 1962

Barratt - 25 in set

£30.00

Carreras Military - General Series Britains Defences 1938 Britains Defences 1938 50 - On 30th September 1938 British Prime Minister Nevill Chamberlain returned from Munich to a tumultuous welcome with a document signed by Hitler say that we “bring peace with honour”. This was the same month that Carreras issued their series of 50 Britain’s Defences which includes many aspects of the operation of all three services. No doubt the Government made sure that our preparedness was put in the best light with emphasis on the most modern equipment – much of which was then in woefully short supply – without giving away any secrets to a potential enemy. The cards are exceptionally well-produced with excellent colour pictures backed by highly informative texts. Even today when we look back at this kind of set we can sense the unease about what the immediate future held in store. Fortunately, certain “ultra-modern developments” not included in the series were to tip the balance of war in our favour. These are well worth adding to any collection. Size 68 x 36mm.
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Britains Defences 1938

Carreras - 50 in set

£35.00

Ardath Military - General Series Life in the Services 1938 Life in the Services 1938 50 - This set was issued just before the start of the Second World War and paints a somewhat glowing picture of life in the British services which we are sure many of those who took part in that conflict would dispute. The R.A.F for instance “offers all the advantages of a healthy, open-air existence”, the Royal Navy “security of employment, good pay and a varied and interesting life” and the Army “offers exceptional advantages such as foreign travel and liberal holidays. Well for many the foreign travel part was true, but the liberal holidays still awaited! These cards are all based on black and white photographs supplied by the War Department and were designed to show what a happy, active and rewarding life awaited recruits to the armed forces. Good clear pictures with comprehensive texts on the adhesive backs make this an interesting and historical set. The cards are size 68 x 36mm.
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Life in the Services 1938

Ardath - 50 in set

£35.00

United Tobacco (South Africa) Military - General Series South African Defence (Without firms name) 1939 South African Defence (Without firms name) 1939 M100 -
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South African Defence (Without firms name) 1939

United Tobacco (South Africa) - M100 in set

£35.00

Morris Military - General Series Victory Signs 1928 Victory Signs 1928 50 - in March 1918, the German’s mounted their last desperate bid to break the British line, throwing half a million men against the 5th Army under General Sir Hubert Gough. This information is revealed on the back of card no. 2, on the front of which is a racing Red Fox with a white splash on its tail, the 5th Army’s distinguishing mark, chosen by General Gough a keen hunting man, when he took command. This is a truly fascinating series. Released in 1928, it is in effect a history of the British Army in the Great War, and not just the broad canvas, but down to the work of individual groups such as the Royal Engineer’s Tunnelling Company whose highly dangerous task it was to “dig vast mines under the enemy trenches at the end of the tunnels of great length lay tons of explosives and then blow them up.” The tunnellers’ distinguishing mark was a T superimposed on a triangle. All the marks were chosen to represent a particular attribute – the White and Red Rose of the 31st Division reflecting its make up as Lancashire and Yorkshire troops, the 38th Division comprised Ulstermen hence the Red Hand, the 9th (Scottish) Division a Thistle and so on. SIZE 68 X 38mm
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Victory Signs 1928

Morris - 50 in set

£35.00

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

Mitchell - 30 in set

£36.00

Drapkin Military - General Series Celebrities of the Great War Printed Back 1916 Celebrities of the Great War Printed Back 1916 36 - In 1916, the third year of World War I, Major Drapkin & Co. issued a series of 36 photocards known as “Celebrities of the Great War”. Needless to say these were all Allied leaders and include heads of state such as King George V, the Czar of Russia and the President of France, political leaders such as Prime Minister Asquith and South African Premier Botha, and several Indian Maharajas. The others are military men, among them Admirals Beatty and Jellicoe, General Haig and Field Marshalls French and Kitchener, the last-named being perhaps the best-known face of the war for his appearance on the “Your Country Needs You” recruitment posters. Also in the mix is Winston Churchill, at that time First Lord of The Admiralty. The card backs tell of the subjects’ careers and achievements and we learn that two were currently prisoners of the Germans. A wonderful souvenir of the war. Make sure you snap this up for your collection. Size 70 x 42mm
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Ogdens Military - General Series Air Raid Precautions 1938 Air Raid Precautions 1938 50 - The onset of WWII meant the authorities were keen to give simple life-saving measures the maximum possible exposure and Imperial Tobacco were encouraged to issue this set with a number of their different brands, so the same set was issued by Ogdens, Churchman and Hignett. The Ogdens set was also reprinted in 1999. When these were issued the then Home Secretary, Samuel Hoare, said “I commend a study of these cards to your attention.” The cards show how to select a refuge room and make it gas-proof, protecting windows, how to make a garden dug-out etc as well as defences such as anti-aircraft guns and the balloon barrage around London. The emphasis is very much on keeping yourself safe and there are a number of cards showing women dealing with an incendiary bomb in the house with a scoop and hoe or fighting fires with buckets, hand pumps or portable fire-pumps. The colour pictures and informative text really highlight the frightening dangers the country was now facing, but a spirit of resilience also shines through, epitomised by the couple in rubber clothing and gas-masks. Naturally they should be cowering their shelter but the card informs us that “prudent persons, if forced to go outdoors during raids should provide themselves” in addition to gas masks, with “rubber or oilskin coats and hats and rubber boots”. A fantastic glimpse at war on the home front with cards size 68 x 36mm. This set was also issued by Wills and Churchman.
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Air Raid Precautions 1938

Ogdens - 50 in set

£45.00

Wills Military - General Series Air Raid Precautions 1938 Air Raid Precautions 1938 50 - The onset of WWII meant the authorities were keen to give simple life-saving measures the maximum possible exposure and Imperial Tobacco were encouraged to issue this set with a number of their different brands, so the same set was issued by Ogdens, Churchman and Hignett. The Ogdens set was also reprinted in 1999. When these were issued the then Home Secretary, Samuel Hoare, said “I commend a study of these cards to your attention.” The cards show how to select a refuge room and make it gas-proof, protecting windows, how to make a garden dug-out etc as well as defences such as anti-aircraft guns and the balloon barrage around London. The emphasis is very much on keeping yourself safe and there are a number of cards showing women dealing with an incendiary bomb in the house with a scoop and hoe or fighting fires with buckets, hand pumps or portable fire-pumps. The colour pictures and informative text really highlight the frightening dangers the country was now facing, but a spirit of resilience also shines through, epitomised by the couple in rubber clothing and gas-masks. Naturally they should be cowering their shelter but the card informs us that “prudent persons, if forced to go outdoors during raids should provide themselves” in addition to gas masks, with “rubber or oilskin coats and hats and rubber boots”. A fantastic glimpse at war on the home front with cards size 68 x 36mm. This set was also issued by Ogdens and Churchman.
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Air Raid Precautions 1938

Wills - 50 in set

£45.00

Churchman Military - General Series R A F at Work 1938 R A F at Work 1938 M48 - This shows personnel and planes going about their business just before the outbreak of the Second World War. The well-rounded look at life in the R.A.F includes men relaxing in the Airmen’s Club at Abu Sueir in Egypt, lowering a float-plane onto the sea, parachute jumping, cooks at work, fabric workers covering a wing, refueling a plane in the desert, engine maintenance, fitting torpedoes, inspecting a Vickers ‘Wellesley’ Bomber etc. It shows too the range of vehicles used by the R.A.F on land such as fire engines, armoured cars and motor boats. The numbered backs give plenty of information on the roles and duties of staff. For instance a Wireless Operator must also know about electricity and be capable of manufacturing the less complicated parts of wireless equipment.. Size 68 x 53mm
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R A F at Work 1938

Churchman - M48 in set

£45.00

Ardath Military - General Series Britains Defenders 1936 Britains Defenders 1936 50 -
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Britains Defenders 1936

Ardath - 50 in set

£50.00

Gerard Military - General Series Modern Armaments numbered issue 1936 Modern Armaments numbered issue 1936 50 - When this set was first reviewed in our magazine C.C.N back in 1936 it was described as “very much of the moment and exceedingly interesting.” The review also stated that “the cards are the same size as Rothman’s series from the same period which is no surprise as by 1936 Louis Gerard Limited had become part of the Rothmans group”. This photographic series contains warships, aeroplanes, tanks, guns etc. with an explanatory title in the bottom white border. The numbered backs give details of the issuer, title of the set and confirms that the subjects are “from actual photographs”, but sadly contains no information about the pictures. Among the subjects covered are an observation balloon, battle cruiser, anti-aircraft gun, firing a naval torpedo, a giant flying boat, a sound detector, giant submarine, heavy tank on manoeuvres, an aircraft carrier with planes on deck, night bomber, machine rifle, tanks in action, howitzers, field dress, searchlight apparatus and some grim reminders of the First World War such as troops in their trenches prepared for gas attack and erecting barbed wire. This was also produced as an un-numbered set. A fascinating series with cards size 65 x 39mm.
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Modern Armaments numbered issue 1936

Gerard - 50 in set

£50.00

Churchman Military - General Series Warriors of All Nations 1st Series 1929 Warriors of All Nations 1st Series 1929 L12 -
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Warriors of All Nations 1st Series 1929

Churchman - L12 in set

£50.00

Reddings Tea Military - General Series Warriors of the World 1st Series 1962 Warriors of the World 1st Series 1962 24 -
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Warriors of the World 1st Series 1962

Reddings Tea - 24 in set

£50.00

Reddings Tea Military - General Series Warriors of the World 2nd Series 1962 Warriors of the World 2nd Series 1962 24 -
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Warriors of the World 2nd Series 1962

Reddings Tea - 24 in set

£50.00

Goodies Military - General Series Weapons Through the Ages 1970 Weapons Through the Ages 1970 25 -
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Weapons Through the Ages 1970

Goodies - 25 in set

£50.00

Players Military - General Series Army Life 1910 Army Life 1910 50 -
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Army Life 1910

Players - 50 in set

£55.00

Players Military - General Series Napoleon 1915 Napoleon 1915 25 -
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Napoleon 1915

Players - 25 in set

£55.00

Lambert & Butler Military - General Series Interesting Customs and Traditions of the Navy, Army and Air Force 1939 Interesting Customs and Traditions of the Navy, Army and Air Force 1939 50 - This set would win the prize for having one of the longest and most cumbersome titles, but don’t let that put you off as this is one of the best series every issued. The excellent colour pictures present the subjects with great clarity in a variety and style which immediately captures your interest, whilst the highly informative backs give a wonderful insight into the history and workings of the armed forces. As our then New Issues Editor wrote in our magazine in February 1939 the series “breaks entirely new ground. It is well-produced and intrinsically of great interest”. The first 18 cards look at the Navy, then cards 19 to 43 examine the Army and the remaining cards look at the R.A.F. The reason for so few cards on the R.A.F was explained in the magazine with the words “as is natural with a new Service where ceremonial arising from tradition is necessarily limited.” To give you a flavour of the set this contains pictures of aircraft diving in salute over the Royal Yacht, the presenting of leeks to the Welsh Guards on St. David’s Day and issuing the daily grog ration aboard ship. We cannot recommend this set highly enough. Cards size 68 x 36mm.
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Gerard Military - General Series Modern Armaments unnumbered issue 1936 Modern Armaments unnumbered issue 1936 50 - When this set was first reviewed in our magazine C.C.N back in 1936 it was described as “very much of the moment and exceedingly interesting.” The review also stated that “the cards are the same size as Rothman’s series from the same period which is no surprise as by 1936 Louis Gerard Limited had become part of the Rothmans group”. This photographic series contains warships, aeroplanes, tanks, guns etc. with an explanatory title in the bottom white border. The backs are un-numbered with details of the issuer, title of the set and confirms that the subjects are “from actual photographs”, but sadly contains no information about the pictures. Among the subjects covered are an observation balloon, battle cruiser, anti-aircraft gun, firing a naval torpedo, a giant flying boat, a sound detector, giant submarine, heavy tank on manoeuvres, an aircraft carrier with planes on deck, night bomber, machine rifle, tanks in action, howitzers, field dress, searchlight apparatus and some grim reminders of the First World War such as troops in their trenches prepared for gas attack and erecting barbed wire. This was also produced as a numbered set. A fascinating series with cards size 65 x 39mm.
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Modern Armaments unnumbered issue 1936

Gerard - 50 in set

£60.00

 
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