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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

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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

United Kingdom Tobacco Amazing Black Friday to Cyber Monday Deals British Orders of Chivalry and Valour 1936 British Orders of Chivalry and Valour 1936 25 - Towards the end of 1936 United Kingdom Tobacco began issuing this series of 25 cards with their ‘Greys Cigarettes’ and our new issuers reviewer in early 1937 referred to them as “a most interesting and exceptionally well produced issue in full colour. A long time has elapsed since the last series on this subject and this set includes examples of the insignia and orders not included in older sets”. So we have here ancient orders such as the Most Noble Orders of the Garter, Thistle and Bath, Victorian orders such as the Star of India, Albert Medal, Royal Victorian Order and, of course, the Victoria Cross plus several more recent ones instituted by George V at the time of the Great War such as the O.B.E., Companions of Honour, Military Cross, Military Medal, D.F.C etc. The presentation is impeccable, the black background serving to emphasize the rich colours and the backs are packed with interesting information – for instance regarding the V.C. this was, we are told, “from 1920 also awarded to certain women and civilians”. We were surprised to read that the Order of Merit is “awarded to officers of both services” as surely in 1936 that should have been all three services? That said this is a splendid series peppered with anachronisms such as “now eligible to women” and “confined to 100 natives”, a reminder of the changes which have occurred in the many years since this set was issued. The backs are adhesive and the cards size 67 x 36mm.
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British Orders of Chivalry and Valour 1936

United Kingdom Tobacco - 25 in set

£45.00

Carreras Military & Armed Forces History of Naval Uniforms 1937 History of Naval Uniforms 1937 50 - History of Naval Uniforms tracing the development of the Royal Navy from its origins almost to the present day picturing the uniforms of all ranks from ordinary seamen to Admiral of the Fleet through different ages, including the time of Drake and of Nelson, with explanatory backs which also delve into naval history. The set is rounded off with four cards about the Royal Marines. Size 68 x 36mm
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History of Naval Uniforms 1937

Carreras - 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

Players Military & Armed Forces Uniforms of the Territorial Army 1939 Uniforms of the Territorial Army 1939 50 -
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Uniforms of the Territorial Army 1939

Players - 50 in set

£45.00

Players Military & Armed Forces Aircraft of the R A F Home issue with I T C Clause 1938 Aircraft of the R A F Home issue with I T C Clause 1938 50 -
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Les Freres Military & Armed Forces Aircraft of World War II (black back) 1966 Aircraft of World War II (black back) 1966 25 -
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Aircraft of World War II (black back) 1966

Les Freres - 25 in set

£50.00

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

Ardath - 50 in set

£50.00

Carreras Military & Armed Forces Famous Naval Men 1929 Famous Naval Men 1929 L24 - These black and white portraits are a mixture of reproductions of paintings and actual photographs and have glossy fronts. The famous sailors include Sir Francis Drake, Lord Nelson and Lord Collingwood who succeeded him, Sir John Franklin who was leader of the ill-fated expedition to find the North-West Passage, Earl Jellicoe who was First Sea Lord in the First World War, Earl Beatty who received the surrender of the German Fleet in 1918 and Sir George Cockburn who conveyed Napoleon to St. Helena. The backs contain interesting information about the men and their careers. For instance, we learn that Lord Fisher during his career held practically every position of importance in the Navy both ashore and afloat, that Sir Charles Madden a gunnery specialist was brother-in-law to Earl Jellicoe or that Vice-Admiral H.D.R. Watson joined the Navy in 1885 and was commanding the Reserve Fleet in 1926. An interesting set with cards size 76 x 63mm.
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Famous Naval Men 1929

Carreras - L24 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

Players Military & Armed Forces R A F Badges (Channel Islands issue without ITC clause) 1937 R A F Badges (Channel Islands issue without ITC clause) 1937 50 -
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Churchman Military - General Series Warriors of All Nations 1st Series 1929 Warriors of All Nations 1st Series 1929 L12 - This is a beautifully illustrated colour set showing fighters from around the world including a Zulu, an American Infantryman or ‘Doughboy’ as they are nicknamed, a Samurai of old Japan, a Pathan Warrior of the 20th Punjabi regiment, a Gurkha, a Greek soldier of the Evzone, a Great War British Soldier or ‘Tommy Atkins’ as they were known, a French Poilu, a French Foreign Legionary, a Soudanese soldier, a Dervish warrior and an Aussie soldier around the time of the First World War. The backs are full of interesting information although this is seen through the lens of the British empire so there are frequent references to how they performed for or against the British. It should also be noted that some of the text is patronizing or unacceptable. That said this is an attractive set with cards size 80 x 62mm
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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

Players Military & Armed Forces History of Naval Dress 1930 History of Naval Dress 1930 50 -
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History of Naval Dress 1930

Players - 50 in set

£60.00

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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Players Military & Armed Forces Military Head-Dress 1931 Military Head-Dress 1931 50 -
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Military Head-Dress 1931

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£60.00

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

Carreras Military & Armed Forces Our Navy (Thin Card) 1937 Our Navy (Thin Card) 1937 50 - These cards picture almost every type of ship in service in 1937 and when reviewed in our magazine at the time the reviewer described them as “the first series exclusively devoted to the Navy in a very long time and most welcome”. These were packed with the firm’s “Gib” brand cigarettes and contain excellent colour pictures with plenty of text about the vessel on the numbered backs. Amongst the craft covered are the submarines H.M.S. Narwhal, Porpoise and Pandora, Naval flying boats, the turrets of H.M.S Hood, H.M.S. Victory the most famous ship in the world, a Mining Tender, H.M.S Royal Sovereign, aircraft carriers H.M.S Courageous and Glorious, H.M.S Rodney, H.M.S. Iron Duke a survivor of WWI, survey ship H.M.S. Flinders, repair ship H.M.S Resource, destroyer H.M.S Comet and hospital ship H.M.S. Maine. Some of the more well-known vessels appear on more than one card in the set with different pictures and adjusted text. Sadly with war already on the horizon when this was issued it would not be long before the Navy would be put to the test and many of these fine vessels would be destroyed. Selected numbers from this set were also produced as a set of 20 on thicker card. An excellent set with cards size 68 x 36mm
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Our Navy (Thin Card) 1937

Carreras - 50 in set

£60.00

Gallaher Military & Armed Forces The Navy 1937 Issued by Gallaher back The Navy 1937 Issued by Gallaher back 48 - When this set was reviewed in “Cigarette Card News in 1937 it was described as “a most interesting issue covering practically every phase of the Navy’s activities, both as regards personnel and material. Examples of battleships, cruisers, aircraft carriers, destroyers, submarines and various small craft are given as well as numerous scenes depicting the routine of a seaman’s life” and indeed it is the behind the scenes look at the sailors’ lives which make this set so appealing. It was issued at a time when Britain was gearing up for the war that was to come and just three years later H.M.S. Warspite, pictured mooring on card no. 25 and in heavy seas on card no. 48, was in action at Narvik inflicting great damage on shore installations and sinking German ships. Then in May 1941 came the tragic demise of the battle cruiser Hood which was sunk by the Bismarck. There were only three survivors from the crew of 1,400. The Navy had its revenge when aircraft of the Fleet Air Arm (card 44) disabled the Bismarck’s rudder and the crippled ship was sunk by torpedoes from H.M.S. Dorsetshire. There is plenty of information on the card backs which have the company name at the bottom, but the set was also produced with ‘Park Drive Cigarettes’ at the bottom. Cards size 63 x 37mm.
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The Navy 1937 Issued by Gallaher back

Gallaher - 48 in set

£60.00

Dandy Gum Military & Armed Forces Our Modern Army (Playing card inset) 1956 Our Modern Army (Playing card inset) 1956 M53 -
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Our Modern Army (Playing card inset) 1956

Dandy Gum - M53 in set

£65.00

Players Military & Armed Forces Regimental Colour and Cap Badges Territorial Blue back 1910 Regimental Colour and Cap Badges Territorial Blue back 1910 50 -
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Players Military & Armed Forces Regimental Colour and Cap Badges Territorial Brown back 1910 Regimental Colour and Cap Badges Territorial Brown back 1910 50 -
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Players Military & Armed Forces Regimental Colours and Cap Badges 1907 Regimental Colours and Cap Badges 1907 50 -
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Regimental Colours and Cap Badges 1907

Players - 50 in set

£65.00

Players Military & Armed Forces Regimental Uniforms Nos 51-100 1914 Regimental Uniforms Nos 51-100 1914 50 -
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Regimental Uniforms Nos 51-100 1914

Players - 50 in set

£70.00

Players Military & Armed Forces Aircraft of the R A F Channel Islands issue without I T C Clause 1938 Aircraft of the R A F Channel Islands issue without I T C Clause 1938 50 -
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Ardath Aviation & Space Fighting and Civil Aircraft 1936 Fighting and Civil Aircraft 1936 EL25 -
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Fighting and Civil Aircraft 1936

Ardath - EL25 in set

£75.00

Players Military & Armed Forces Military Uniforms of the British Empire Overseas non-adhesive backs (Channel Islands issue without ITC clause) 1938 Military Uniforms of the British Empire Overseas non-adhesive backs (Channel Islands issue without ITC clause) 1938 50 -
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Players Military & Armed Forces Victoria Cross 1914 Victoria Cross 1914 25 -
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Victoria Cross 1914

Players - 25 in set

£75.00

United Kingdom Tobacco Military & Armed Forces Officers Full Dress 1936 Officers Full Dress 1936 36 - As the title suggests this set shows officers of various regiments in full dress regalia who are pictured again a grey background. These have glossy fronts and adhesive backs which are full of information about the regiments. Included are the Scots, Irish & Welsh Guards, The Somerset Light Infantry, Black Watch, Seaforth Highlanders, Royal Tank Corps, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Life Guards, Royal Horse Guards, King’s Own Hussars, Royal Horse Artillery, Royal Engineers and Grenadier Guards. An ideal set for anyone interested in military history. Cards size 67 x 36mm
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Officers Full Dress 1936

United Kingdom Tobacco - 36 in set

£80.00

United Kingdom Tobacco Military & Armed Forces Soldiers of the King The Greys Cigarettes back 1937 Soldiers of the King The Greys Cigarettes back 1937 36 -
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Soldiers of the King The Greys Cigarettes back 1937

United Kingdom Tobacco - 36 in set

£80.00

Players Military & Armed Forces War Decorations and Medals 1927 War Decorations and Medals 1927 90 -
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War Decorations and Medals 1927

Players - 90 in set

£80.00

Wills Military - General Series Allied Army Leaders 1917 Allied Army Leaders 1917 50 -
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Allied Army Leaders 1917

Wills - 50 in set

£90.00

Wills Military & Armed Forces Military Motors 1916 (With Passed by Censor) Military Motors 1916 (With Passed by Censor) 50 -
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Wills Military & Armed Forces Military Motors 1916 (Without Passed by Censor) Military Motors 1916 (Without Passed by Censor) 50 -
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Hill Military & Armed Forces Decorations and Medals (Issued by R & J Hill at base) 1940 Decorations and Medals (Issued by R & J Hill at base) 1940 50 -
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