cigarette card


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cigarette card

n
a small picture card, formerly given away with cigarettes, now collected as a hobby
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A post-war cigarette card issued in honour of David Jones, VC "He was a Liverpool boy, born and bred, A nd he worked for Blakes [Blakes was established in 1873 as a coach builder in Mount Pleasant.
Those were the days when urchins assembled outside the famous "Bear Shop" on the corner of Wood Street, customers accosted with the cry, "Caniavyer cigarette card please mister?" Cigarette cards were educational.
Jenkins shares a treasure trove of South African essays on topics including lessons from the honey-guide; cigarette card albums and patriotism; memories of social transition in Southern Africa; Cecil Shirley, author and illustrator of Little Veld Folk; refugee stories; and children's verse in the first half of the twentieth century.
The snaps are included in three volumes of cigarette card images and will be put up in the auction of military memorabilia by Dreweatts in London next Tuesday.
David said that the Second World War was probably a turning point in cigarette card collecting, but afterwards two things happened to keep the hobby alive: first, bubblegum cards found their way across the Atlantic and were also produced by a number of UK confectionery firms.
"He actually told me he'd always wanted to meet me because he'd got a cigarette card with my picture on from an old Park Drive packet." Flowers was joined by legendary England stars Peter Bonetti, Ron Springett, Jimmy Armfield, Gerry Byrne, Ron Flowers, Norman Hunter, Terry Paine, Ian Callaghan, John Connelly, George Eastham and Jimmy Greaves..
A Safety First cigarette card from 1934 shows an image still relevant today.
In 1937, with the threat of a European war on the horizon, the humble cigarette card was called up for civil defence duty when the Home Office asked the Imperial Tobacco Company to produce a series of cards giving information on airraid precautions including advice on how to put on a gas mask or deal with an incendiary bomb.
They provided a display and gave talks, covering local areas, cigarette card silks and stamps.
One worried customer, Amanda Davies, is hoping to get back her late dad's cigarette card collection, thought to be valued at PS4,500.
SHARING A SMOKE: Bill Kirby, right, pictured with his cousin Tom in 1940 and, inset, Bill, at the back, as a youngster with friends in his in his cigarette card collecting days
The bogus official cards were sold for more than pounds 10,000 to specialist cigarette card collectors.