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Brooke Bond Birds, Butterflies & Moths Butterflies of the World 1964 Butterflies of the World 1964 50 - This set of butterflies contains stunning examples from around the globe and is backed by interesting facts. Included are the Gaudy Commodore which has different colours in summer and winter, the blood-red African Cymothoe sangaris, the mountain loving Parnassius autocrator, the leaf-like Orange Oakleaf, the fantastic green coloured Malabar Bonded Peacock, the beautiful Blue Mountain Swallowtail, Callicore neglecta with geometric underwings and the aptly named Dog’s Head Butterfly with dog’s head outline on the wings. Size 68 x 37mm
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Butterflies of the World 1964

Brooke Bond - 50 in set

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Weetabix Dogs and Pets Working Dogs 1960 Working Dogs 1960 L25 - In the early 1960s cereal manufacturers Weetabix issued a few stereoscopic sets which were designed to be viewed through their 3-D Viewer. This particular set takes a look at working dogs and the backs tell you all about the breed and its role as well a containing an advert for the 3-D Viewer which was available from Weetabix for 1’6. What is nice about this set is that even without the viewer the colour pictures (two per card) are sharp and attractive although obviously when seen through the viewer these take on a superb 3-D quality. Among the dogs featured are herding dogs like the Border Collie or Corgi, popular sporting dogs such as the Springer Spaniel and Labrador Retriever, hunting dogs like Foxhounds and Beagles, guide dogs in harness, show dogs, guard dogs like the Alsatian, the Dalmatian which was formerly a carriage dog, tracking dogs the Bloodhound, Papillons who appear to be performing in a show etc. A fine set with cards size 112 x 45mm.
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Working Dogs 1960

Weetabix - L25 in set

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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

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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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Sketchley Miscellaneous Trade Cards Communications 1960 Communications 1960 25 - This colourful set looks at the ways we have shared information with each other and who knew there were so many! Included are carrier pigeons, the Rosetta Stone which its scratched messages, the telephone, papyrus, Morse code, semaphore, cave paintings, a herald, printing press, town-crier, jungle drum, shorthand, newspaper, railway, heliograph, radar and even Romany signs and the Temple’s ox-horn. Obviously this set was issued long before the growth of social media which doubtless accounts for much of our communication these days, but surprisingly neither radio or television are present in this series. The backs give plenty of information on the subject and these cards were also issued by Amalgamated Tobacco in 1961. An interesting set with cards size 68 x 36mm
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Communications 1960

Sketchley - 25 in set

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Automatic Machine Aviation & Space Modern Aircraft 1958 Modern Aircraft 1958 25 - This series was originally issued in an automatic machine which dispensed sweets and one card on the insertion of a coin. The cards contain fine colour pictures of planes in the sky with informative text on the reverse. We learn, for instance, that the Douglas X-3 is the most fantastic of all U.S. research aircraft and is designed to fly at three times the speed of sound. Also included in the set are an R.A.F. Meteor, Lockheed F.940 Starfire, Avro Canada, Bell H-13D helicopter as used in Korea, the French Vautour, De Havilland Vampire and Venom, Saab Lansen, an Alitalia Convairliner 340 passenger aircraft, a Westland-Sikorsky Whirlwind and Bristol 173 Rotocoach helicopters, Short Sew Mew etc. Cards size 68 x 36mm. This set was also issued by an Anonymous Company
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Modern Aircraft 1958

Automatic Machine - 25 in set

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Weston (Australia) Motoring Veteran and Vintage Cars 2nd Series 1962 Veteran and Vintage Cars 2nd Series 1962 L24 - This set contains wonderful colour photos of old vehicles ranging from the 1899 Cannstatt-Daimler through to a 1950 Jaguar XK-120 many of which are housed in the Montagu Motor Museum in England. Included are the Panhard 7hp from 1902 which was robust enough to cope with being driven from Venice to Athens, the 1904 Brushmobile 6hp which regularly takes part in the London to Brighton run, a Sunbeam 12hp which was driven by Sir Malcolm Campbell, the 1909 Rolls-Royce ‘Silver Ghost’ reputed to be the best car in the world, a 1912 Hispano-Suiza, 1913 Fiat Tipo 51, 1914 Vauxhall ‘Prince Henry’ capable of over 85mph, 1914 Singer 10hp used by allied armies in World War I, the 1920 Sunbeam 350hp built to attack the world speed record, 1925 Bugatti Type 30, 1924 Morris-Cowley which was known for being reliable, a 1926 M.G 14/28hp which was the ancestor of the famous ‘Midget’ series, 1927 Morgan ‘Aero which only had three wheels, the ‘Golden Arrow’ in which Sir Henry Seagrave took the land speed record in 1929 in Daytona and a racing Austin 750cc from1936. There is plenty of information about the cars on the reverse making this an ideal set for any motor enthusiast. A 1st Series of these was also produced and a collector’s album was originally available from the company for 2/- to house these. Cards size 75 x 50mm.
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Veteran and Vintage Cars 2nd Series 1962

Weston (Australia) - L24 in set

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Bridgewater Royalty Coronation Series 1937 Coronation Series 1937 K48 - This set of black and white photos was issued in celebration of the coronation of H.M King George VI and includes members of the royal family past and present such as Queen Victoria, the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, royal palaces, Westminster Abbey and the State Coach. The cards are titled on the front but have plain backs and although small they include some charming shots of the King as a child, at official events and at leisure playing tennis etc. There is also a photo titled “The King and Queen on their honeymoon 1923”. These are little gems with cards size 49 x 28mm.
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Coronation Series 1937

Bridgewater - K48 in set

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Lyons Aviation & Space Wings of Speed (advertisement back) 1960 Wings of Speed (advertisement back) 1960 24 - This colourful set illustrates planes from Bleriot’s 1910 model through to the Convair Delta Dart record breaking fighter plane and includes a Messerschmitt 209, Meteor, Hunter etc. These cards are unnumbered and contain no information on the planes. The backs contain an advert for the set beginning with the words “Boys everywhere are collecting Wings of Speed..” and telling you how to obtain an album to house these. The company also produced a set of these with descriptive text about the planes on the backs. This is an attractive set with cards size 68 x 34mm.
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Wings of Speed (advertisement back) 1960

Lyons - 24 in set

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Polydor Pop Stars & Singers Polydor Guitar 1975 Polydor Guitar 1975 16 - British record label Polydor Ltd were established in London in 1954 and over the years have signed some big names such as The Who, Take That, Snow Patrol etc., so presumably when they decided to issue this card set they had plenty of artists to choose from. The set concentrates on guitarists who are portrayed in colour caricatures alongside musical notes and the backs give plenty of information about the artist. Included are Roy Buchanan, Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, blues legend B.B. King, Duane Allman, John McLaughlin, Jan Akkerman, Link Wray, Albert King, Harvey Mandel, Les Harvey Pete Townsend who played with The Who, Shuggie Otis, American Freddy King, Irish born Rory Gallagher and guitar legend Jimi Hendrix. An interesting set backed by plenty of information. Cards size 60 x 32mm
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Polydor Guitar 1975

Polydor - 16 in set

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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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Brindley Railways Locos 1987 Locos 1987 20 - These glossy colour pictures of railway engines just have the title of the railway and loco on the backs accompanied by an advert for the issuer, but they are definitely worth adding to any train collection. Among the locos pictured are a North Staffordshire Express 86, a L.N.E.R G E Section 761, an Atlantic type Express 251, L.B. & S.C. Remembrance 333, Caledonian Railway 179, an N.E.R. Express 1238, a G.W.R 3387, Midland Class 483 etc. Cards size 70 x 38mm.
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Locos 1987

Brindley - 20 in set

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Lyons Miscellaneous Trade Cards Australia 1959 Australia 1959 48 - The cards in this set were originally given away free with Lyons Tea and it must have been delightful on a cold, wet, winter morning to open a new packet and discover and exotic creature or sunny landscape from a place most people could only dream of going to. The colour pictures include the capital Canberra and national flag as well as city buildings, but then it branches out (excuse the pun!) into the amazing flora and fauna of the region. Some of the world’s most recognised wildlife makes its home in Australia such as the Platypus, Kookaburra, Emu, Kangaroo, Wombat and Koala and they can all be found in this set. The set then shows how Australians live with a look at farming, mining and pearl fishing as well as aspects of Aboriginal life including their art and hunting skills, but the last card shows the country is looking firmly into the future as it pictures the Woomera Rocket Range, which is in the desert 250 miles north-west of Adelaide. There is plenty of information on the numbered backs including many facts which are likely to make you go “well I never knew that!”, for instance did you know that Poinsettias, popular here at Christmas, are practically the city flower of Brisbane, but although they flourish in the region they actually came from Mexico? A lovely look at a fascinating country. Size 68 x 36mm.
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Australia 1959

Lyons - 48 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

Morris - 12 in set

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Duncan Reprinted Series Evolution of the Steamship 1925 (reprint 2002) Evolution of the Steamship 1925 (reprint 2002) 50 - These 50 reprint cards feature colour pictures of steamships through the ages from the 1811 S.S. Comet with its mixture of sails and horse-power to HMS Bellerophon with its 5 torpedo tubes. Included are some famous names like the S.S Great Britain & Great Eastern, S.S Lusitania, Captain Scott’s ship the Terra Nova and, of course, the Titanic. The backs give brief facts about the ship concerned including the tonnage and any unusual features. Size 68 x 36mm.
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Evolution of the Steamship 1925 (reprint 2002)

Duncan - 50 in set

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Allen & Ginter (USA) Reprinted Series Fans of The Period c1890 (reprint 2005) Fans of The Period c1890 (reprint 2005) 50 - Issued in America around 1890, original cards from this series are very rare so this reprint is probably the only opportunity collectors will get to view these fifty young Victorian ladies demurely grasping decorative fans of all shades and shapes, including some made of ostrich or peacock feathers. Size 70 x 38mm.
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Fans of The Period c1890 (reprint 2005)

Allen & Ginter (USA) - 50 in set

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Bassett Football World Cup Stars/World Cup 74 World Cup Stars/World Cup 74 50 - This set contains head and shoulders colour pictures of stars from the 1974 World Cup which was won by Germany when they beat the Netherlands 2-1. It is no surprise therefore to find that German captain Franz Beckenbauer and Dutch captain Johann Cruyff are among those featured, but more surprising is the number of Scottish internationals (including Denis Law and Billy Bremner) who can be found in this set – 24 in all! Players include Jainjinho and Rivelino of Brazil, Italian goalie Dino Zoff, Denev of Bulgaria, Argentina’s Juan Herredia, L. Maznik of Uraguay and Lubanski of Poland. The backs contain brief details of their careers with cards size 65 x 35mm.
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World Cup Stars/World Cup 74

Bassett - 50 in set

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General Foods (S Africa) Animals & Wildlife Animals and Birds 1973 Animals and Birds 1973 L50 - This set contains excellent colour photos of creatures which range from standard farm animals like pigs, cows, goats, sheep and horses to the more exotic like kangaroos, rock jumping penguins, sea lions, emus, Jaguar cub, dromedary camels, ringtailed lemurs, flamingos, polar bears etc. There are also some lovely dog and cat pictures. The text on the back is in English and Afrikaans and the cards are size 90 x 60mm. An album was also produced to house this series which could be obtained by writing with 20 cents to General Foods in Johannesburg.
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Animals and Birds 1973

General Foods (S Africa) - L50 in set

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