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Mayo (USA) Boxing Prizefighters c1890 (reprint 2001) Prizefighters c1890 (reprint 2001) 35 -
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Prizefighters c1890 (reprint 2001)

Mayo (USA) - 35 in set

£7.50

Players Flowers and the Garden Britains Wild Flowers Grandee Issue 1986 Britains Wild Flowers Grandee Issue 1986 L30 - There are some lovely colour pictures of wild flowers in this set which are every bit as beautiful as their cultivated cousins and there is plenty of information about them on the numbered card backs. Included are the Wood Anemone which carpets the ground in Spring, the Greater Stitchwort which takes its name from the belief is could cure the pain you get on over exercising, the Cowslip which is now recovering after being on the endangered list, the Germander Speedwell with its blue/purple flowers, the scentless Red Campion, the Bird’s-Foot Trefoil which takes its name from the shape of its seedpods, Yellow Flag a member of the Iris family, Field Scabious which blooms from June to October, the Field or Corn Poppy with its bright red flowers, the Common Mallow which also have medicinal uses and the Harebell with its delicate purple flowers. An album to house this set was originally available from Players and they also issued this set with Player’s Doncella. A lovely set with cards size 90 x 50mm
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Britains Wild Flowers Grandee Issue 1986

Players - L30 in set

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Phillips Reprinted Series Beauties Nymphs c1896 (reprint 2001) Beauties Nymphs c1896 (reprint 2001) 30 -
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Beauties Nymphs c1896 (reprint 2001)

Phillips - 30 in set

£7.50

Wills Motoring Britains Motoring History (size 149 x 104mm) 1991 Britains Motoring History (size 149 x 104mm) 1991 EL6 - This set with postcard backs were issued in 1991. Imperial Tobacco’s Eric Bottomley did the artwork for the 30-card series issued with Castella cigars at that time and six of the subjects are reproduced on these cards. The titles are:- Austin Seven, Bedford OB Coach, BSA Bantam, Bristol Tram, Jaguar XK120, Nottingham Tram. Size 149 x 104mm.
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Players Flowers and the Garden Hidden Beauties (Plant Life Highly Magnified) 1929 Hidden Beauties (Plant Life Highly Magnified) 1929 25 - Back in 1929 Players produced a series of 25 Hidden Beauties and the back of card 1 in the set explains that “objects which to our eyes may appear commonplace, uninteresting, insignificant or dull often reveal unexpected loveliness when seen under the microscope" and ”Hidden Beauties are often present where least expected.” As promised there are some fascinating close up colour images from the natural world like the leg-combs of a spider, periwinkle tongue, live mould, a maise leaf slice and flower dust (pollen). The fantastic pictures on the front are backed by a full explanation on the reverse so we learn that the air contains spores which produce plants when they find a good home so if cheese is left exposed to the ai.r it will eventually become mouldy or that as well as climbing and capturing prey spiders use their leg-combs for cleaning of both themselves and their web. This interesting set would look good in any collection. Size 68 x 36mm
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Amalgamated Tobacco Aviation & Space Histoire de L Aviation 1st Series 1961 Histoire de L Aviation 1st Series 1961 25 -
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Histoire de L Aviation 1st Series 1961

Amalgamated Tobacco - 25 in set

£7.50

Taddy Cricket South African Cricket Team 1907 (reprint 1992) South African Cricket Team 1907 (reprint 1992) 15 -
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Sarony Miscellaneous Cigarette Cards Museum Series 1927 Museum Series 1927 25 - This set contains black and white pictures of items from the British and London Museums with detailed descriptions on the card backs. The first card pictures the grand edifice of the British Museum then includes items such as the Elgin Marbles, the Rosetta Stone which provided invaluable clues to deciphering the writings of ancient Egypt, the First Folio of the works of William Shakespeare, Greek Jury Tickets, masks from Sri Lanka etc. Card 18 pictures the old London Museum (which in more recent years amalgamated with other London collections to form the Museum of London near the Barbican) and some of its artefacts such as the remains of a Roman Galley, a model of the Old London Bridge in 1603, early fire-fighting appliances, tally sticks, Roman lights and London apprentice relics. There are two holes punched on the left-hand side of the cards and the backs tell us that once you collected a set you could forward these and the company would bind them into an artistic cover at no cost. This particular set is the standard size descriptive back issue which was also issued in New Zealand with ‘Box 524 Christchurch’ address. This was also available in a large size in the UK (with descriptive or advert backs) and in New Zealand and Australia. This is a fascinating set with cards size 68 x 39mm.
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Museum Series 1927

Sarony - 25 in set

£7.50

Amalgamated Tobacco Aviation & Space Into Space 1958 Into Space 1958 25 - This set takes us from early balloon flight through to Sputnik and the space race, plus dramatic visions of the future of space travel. The subjects covered on these colour cards are an eclectic mix or real and fantasy and include the Wright Brothers plane, gliding over the Alps, ‘Laika’ the Sputnik dog, American’s Jupiter ‘C’ rocket, diagrams and pictures of what they thought space suits and rockets would look like, an imaginary atom powered plane and pictures of the Royal Navy’s Sea Slug rockets in action. All the action is described on the number backs. This was also issued by John E. Esslemont Ltd in 1966, Musgrave Brothers Ltd in 1961 and A. S Wilkin Ltd in 1960. An interesting set with cards size 68 x 36mm.
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Into Space 1958

Amalgamated Tobacco - 25 in set

Catalogue Price £7.50 Special Offer £5.00

Phillips Flowers and the Garden Flower Studies 1937 Flower Studies 1937 M30 - If you are good at growing flowers you will know that the growing is only half the battle, the real challenge is arranging them. Don’t just shove them in a vase - why not get this set and pick up some tips on how to display these plants to accentuate their shapes and colours. The colour pictures on the front show you what they should look like and the backs give tips on how to achieve this. For instance Anemones should be arranged in bowls and make good dinner table decorations, ornamental grasses or bronze foliage are the ideal background for Dahlias, Violets must not be mixed with other flowers and if floated in shallow bowls will scent an entire room, Roses require a simple arrangement without other foliage and care must be taken to select colours that don’t clash, Nasturtiums should be cut in long sprays, Sweet Peas should be arranged in crystal or glass to show up in any light, Gladioli must stand at eye level and they need foliage to hide the stems etc. A lovely set size 60 x 53mm.
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Flower Studies 1937

Phillips - M30 in set

£7.50

Clarke Cricket Cricketer Series 1901 (reprint 2001) Cricketer Series 1901 (reprint 2001) 30 -
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Cricketer Series 1901 (reprint 2001)

Clarke - 30 in set

£7.50

Amalgamated Tobacco Military & Armed Forces Medals of the World 1959 Medals of the World 1959 25 - This colourful set pictures famous medals including the Iron Cross of Germany, Burma Star, Victoria Cross, the U.S.S.R (Russian) Order of Glory, the Purple Heart of America, French Legion d’Honneur and Japanese Order of the Rising Sun. One of the more unusual medals featured is the Tibet Medal which was awarded by Edward VII to those who quelled disturbances in that region in 1904. There is plenty of information on the numbered backs including the fact that the Air Force Cross was awarded to officers for acts of bravery on flights not connected with operations against the enemy. This set was issued in Mauritius with the company’s “Mills Filtertips” brand and has blue text on the reverse. It was also issued by Glengettie Tea with either a blue or black text back in 1961. The cards are size 68 x 36mm
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Medals of the World 1959

Amalgamated Tobacco - 25 in set

£8.00

Cavanders Miscellaneous Cigarette Cards School Badges Dark Blue Back The error and corrected cards of Harrow School 1928 School Badges Dark Blue Back The error and corrected cards of Harrow School 1928 2 - The two varieties of card for Harrow school. One with red mark around tail of arrow at the top left and one card without
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Wills Cigarette and Tobacco Packets c1940 Wild Woodbine Red Label empty 10s cigarette packet c1940 Wild Woodbine Red Label empty 10s cigarette packet c1940 1 -
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Players Animals & Wildlife Britains Endangered Wildlife Grandee Issue 1984 Britains Endangered Wildlife Grandee Issue 1984 L32 - Originally issued with Player’s Grandee Cigars this is a first-class series of clear colour photographs featuring species either rarely seen or benefitting from conservation efforts. The cards are a mixture of horizontal and vertical format and the backs, printed in green and black on white, are numbered with comprehensive and informative text concerning distribution, breeding and the reason why they are vulnerable. The backs tell us about a free album that could be obtained from the manufacturers. The album was 210 x 150mm and contained an introduction by naturalist John F. Burton. Amongst the creatures featured are the Greater Horseshoe Bat which we are told can only be found in the south-west and Wales, the Natterjack Toad which used to be found on sandy heaths all over Britain and the Bittern which we are told was in worrying decline with less than 50 pairs left. This set was also issued with Player’s Doncella brand with the same pictures and text but with Doncella instead of Grandee. These beautiful and informative cards, size 90 x 50mm, add greatly to the appreciation of our wildlife.
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Players Flowers and the Garden Struggle for Existence (Plants and Flowers) 1923 Struggle for Existence (Plants and Flowers) 1923 25 -
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Wills Motoring Classic Sports Cars 1996 Special Album Classic Sports Cars 1996 Special Album 1 -
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Players Animals & Wildlife Britains Nocturnal Wildlife Grandee Issue 1987 Britains Nocturnal Wildlife Grandee Issue 1987 L30 - In the history of cigarette cards tens of thousands of different series have been issued including many hundreds on a wildlife theme, but this is one of the first and only sets devoted entirely to ‘creatures of the night’. These were originally packed with ‘Doncella’ cigars and an alike set was also issued with their ‘Grandee’ brand. The thirty cards (6 vertical, 24 horizontal) bear incredibly clear colour photographs of various types of animal which come to life at night with numbers 1 to 8 being mammals such as a hedgehog, bat or fox, numbers 9 to 14 being birds, 15 to 18 covers reptiles, fish and molluscs, 19 to 26 are insects with spiders and crustaceans finishing the set. All have white borders and the numbered backs are full of interesting information as well as an acknowledgement to the photographer concerned and details of an album which was available from the issuers. A spectacular set with cards size 89 x 50mm.
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Phillips Royalty Special Jubilee Year Series 1935 Special Jubilee Year Series 1935 M20 - These cards were issued in celebration of the Silver Jubilee of King George V in 1935 and contains good colour pictures of the King and his wife Queen Mary as well as past and present members of the Royal family. These were also issued in a postcard size with larger packings of the company’s cigarettes. Included in the set is a charming picture of Queen Elizabeth as a child and the comprehensive text on the back tells us “she is not the member of the third generation nearest the throne.” It could not have been guessed at this time how quickly everything was to change as King George V was to die in January the following year and the subsequent King Edward VIII was to abdicate before the end of the year with his brother becoming King George VI and the Princess Elizabeth next in line to the throne. An excellent set with cards size 60 x 53mm.
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Special Jubilee Year Series 1935

Phillips - M20 in set

£8.00

Smith Reprinted Series Prominent Rugby Players 1924 (reprint 1992) Prominent Rugby Players 1924 (reprint 1992) 25 -
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Churchman Reprinted Series Eastern Proverbs 1st Series (CCS reprint 2001) Eastern Proverbs 1st Series (CCS reprint 2001) 25 - This charming little set originally issued in 1931, but reprinted in 2001, features colourful illustrations of ancient proverbs from the East. The informative backs give us an idea of the meaning and also compares similar sayings from other countries including Britain. For instance the Indian proverb ‘Call on God, but row away from the rocks’ is compared to the Persian ‘Trust in Allah but spread not your prayer-carpet in a wet place and Cromwell’s ‘Trust in God but keep your powder dry’. The meaning of some is obvious just from the pictures and text on the front such as ‘Look at the mother before becoming engaged to the daughter’ however some are more obscure such as ‘Picking up a large stone is a sign it won’t be thrown’ or ‘Look the other way when the girl at the tea house smiles’. A lovely set size 68 x 36mm.
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Faulkner Miscellaneous Cigarette Cards Optical Illusions 1935 (CCS reprint 2000) Optical Illusions 1935 (CCS reprint 2000) 25 - This is a fascinating series originally produced in 1935 and reprinted in 2000 pictures all sorts of illusions which indicate how easily our eyes are fooled. Take the simple picture on card no. 2 which show two different lines with inverted arrows and normal arrow tips on the ends. Looking at these pictures the line with the arrows looks shorter than the inverted arrows and yet, as the card explains, if measured you will see that they are in fact exactly the same length. A similar trick is played with a series of posts in a corridor which are the same height but appear to differ due to the perspective of the hall. The backs give information on why these illusions work. Cards size 68 x 36mm.
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Carreras Military - General Series Britains Defences 1938 The error and corrected cards of number 47 Britains Defences 1938 The error and corrected cards of number 47 2 - The two varieties of card number 47. One with picture inverted relative to the text the other card correct
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Ching Miscellaneous Cigarette Cards Do You Know Special Album Do You Know Special Album 1 -
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Do You Know Special Album

Ching - 1 in set

£8.00

Carreras Errors and Varieties Our Navy (Thin Card) 1937 The error and corrected cards of number 35 Our Navy (Thin Card) 1937 The error and corrected cards of number 35 2 - The two varieties of card number 35 HMS Repulse but picture of Experss and Faulknor. The same card with slip pasted on back describing Express and Faulknor - front title still HMS Repulse
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Wills Cigarette and Tobacco Packets c1940 Wild Woodbine (Plain green background with orange scroll package design on right) empty 20s cigarette packet c1940 Wild Woodbine (Plain green background with orange scroll package design on right) empty 20s cigarette packet c1940 1 -
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Phillips Animals & Wildlife Zoo Studies Come to Life 3D Spectacles 1939 Zoo Studies Come to Life 3D Spectacles 1939 L1 -
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Players Animals & Wildlife British Mammals Grandee Ltd Issue 1982 British Mammals Grandee Ltd Issue 1982 L30 - This is a stunningly beautiful set which reproduces the artwork of Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935). His depictions are so life-like you feel you can almost touch the creatures which include a superb picture of a mole capturing a worm, the Dormouse which is on the endangered list, a Long-Eared Bat, the nocturnal Hedgehog, Water Shrew, rare Wild Cat, Fox, Grey Seals, Common Seals, Otter, Badgers, the hard to spot Pine Marten, Polecat, a Stoat in both summer and winter coat, Britain’s smallest carnivore the Weasel, Red Squirrel, Red Deer, Roe Deer, Woodmice, House Mouse, Yellow-Necked Mouse, the unpopular Brown Rat, Brown and Mountain Hares, Rabbit, White Cattle which we are told are kept as wild herds in some parks, the Orca or Killer Whale and Walrus which are occasional visitors to these shores and the Common Porpoise. There is plenty of information on the card backs and a special album was originally available to house this set which was also issued with “Doncella” in 1983 and with ‘Grandee PLC’ n 1982. Cards size 90 x 50mm.
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British Mammals Grandee Ltd Issue 1982

Players - L30 in set

£8.00

Lambert & Butler Motoring Motor Cars 1st Series 1922 (reprint 1988) Motor Cars 1st Series 1922 (reprint 1988) 25 -
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Motor Cars 1st Series 1922 (reprint 1988)

Lambert & Butler - 25 in set

£8.00

Players Aviation & Space Exploration of Space Special Album Exploration of Space Special Album 1 -
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Exploration of Space Special Album

Players - 1 in set

£8.00

Wills Dogs and Pets Pond and Aquarium 1st Series 1950 Pond and Aquarium 1st Series 1950 25 - This set was printed shortly after the war and kept ready to be released at a moment’s notice if a rival manufacturer suddenly started producing cards, but these were never actually issued. The superb artwork compliments the amazingly comprehensive texts which tells us everything we need to succeed from how to construct a pond or what type of tank you need for tropical fish to types of fish, diseases, insects and plants. A second series on the same subject was also produced around the same time. The detail in these pictures is amazing, particularly the Water Crowfoot card which shows the plants above and the fern-like roots below and the close-ups of the fish. A lovely set with cards size 66 x 36mm.
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Pond and Aquarium 1st Series 1950

Wills - 25 in set

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Players Cigarette and Tobacco Packets c1940 Country Life empty 10s cigarette packet c1940 Country Life empty 10s cigarette packet c1940 1 -
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Wills Dogs and Pets Pond and Aquarium 2nd Series 1950 Pond and Aquarium 2nd Series 1950 25 -
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Pond and Aquarium 2nd Series 1950

Wills - 25 in set

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Churchman Miscellaneous Cigarette Cards Howlers 1936 Howlers 1936 L16 - It’s not hard to understand the popularity of Howlers. The schoolboy type of unconscious humour is a real classic. The colour illustrations are funny enough in themselves and the misunderstood definitions on the backs are highly entertaining. The artist Rene Bull had worked previously for Churchmans producing the successful Eastern Proverbs series issued between 1931 and 1934. The detail and characterisation in the Howlers pictures make this set a true classic. Size 82 x 63mm
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Howlers 1936

Churchman - L16 in set

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Wills Railways Railway Engines 1924 (reprint 1995) Railway Engines 1924 (reprint 1995) 50 - Roughly half these cards show colour pictures of British locomotives whilst the remainder feature trains from around the world including the lesser known Rhaetian, Dutch East Indies and Palestine Railways. The descriptive backs give plenty of technical detail as well as information as to where the engine was made. Size 68 x 36mm.
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Railway Engines 1924 (reprint 1995)

Wills - 50 in set

£8.50

Players Reprinted Series Fire-Fighting Appliances 1930 (reprint 1991) Fire-Fighting Appliances 1930 (reprint 1991) 50 -
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Gallaher Film & Stage Stars Pre-1940 Signed Portraits of Famous Stars 1935 (reprint 1997) Signed Portraits of Famous Stars 1935 (reprint 1997) 48 - Fred Astaire, Katharine Hepburn, Douglas Fairbanks, Marlene Dietrich and Gertrude Lawrence, famous stars indeed whose names are as familiar today as they were in 1935 when Gallahers pictured them in their series of 48 Portraits of Famous Stars. The cinema in the mid-1930s was at the peak of its popularity, with U.K. admissions exceeding fifty million a week. And one of the biggest box office successes was the film version of John Buchan's "The Thirty-Nine Steps" The two stars, Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll, both feature in this card series, reviving memories of their gripping adventure as fugitives, a classic portrayal that has never been equalled in the several remakes. Not all the stars in the set are instantly recognisable to-day such as Tomari Desni or Grete Natzler. Excellent colour portraits are backed by informative texts. Size 63 x 37mm
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Ogdens Reprinted Series Soldiers of the King 1909 (reprint 1993) Soldiers of the King 1909 (reprint 1993) 50 -
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Gallaher Reprinted Series South African Series 1901 (Boer War Uniforms) Nos. 101-150 (reprint 2000) South African Series 1901 (Boer War Uniforms) Nos. 101-150 (reprint 2000) 50 - Gallaher originally issued a set of 111 cards in 1901 during the Boer War and 100 of these have now been reprinted as two sets of 50. This first set of 50 is numbered 101-150 and these are all named British Empire soldiers in uniform, some on horseback, in colour full-length portraits. Included are famous names such as Field-Marshall Lord Roberts. Size 68 x 36mm.
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British American Tobacco (without firms name) Aviation & Space Aeroplanes 1926 (reprint 2001) Aeroplanes 1926 (reprint 2001) 50 -
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Aeroplanes 1926 (reprint 2001)

British American Tobacco (without firms name) - 50 in set

£8.50

 
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