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newsletter 17 April

newsletter 17 April

Now next weekend there will be another of our online special events, as we will be celebrating what ought to have been our 2021 Cartophilic Convention, again cancelled because of the pandemic. The reason for mentioning it here is to ask you all to have a think about conventions past that you have visited or been involved with, whether you went to buy, sell, or just to see what it was all about – and of course the cards you bought, sold, or added to your wants lists – and to write down a few brief memoirs for publication over next weekend. And if you are a dealer who would like to get more involved, why not! The way to contact us is still via It does ask for your name and email but these will not be published unless you ask, and no spam will result, though we may contact you for more information and /or to give you an email address to send scans and photos.

Now lets start with a big thanks to all auctioneers who are reading this, as National Auctioneers Day is always the third Saturday in April, and that is today. Your decision to move online and carry on, and let us still think we were normal, was much appreciated. If any of our readers are (or were) regular auction-goers, then you, like me, are waiting to get back in that room. But if you have never been, why not go look round as soon as your local saleroom is open. There are many places to find auction dates, including in your local paper, but start at which lists sales by content and date. If you need more encouragement, the catalogues are free to browse and you dont have to sign up or give any details – unless you find something you want to leave a bid on…. Oh, and in case you have yet to find it, we also have a page where we list auctions, and its just a click away HERE


Now put your blue jeans and blue suede shoes on, comb your hair into a quiff and head down to your local record store, as April 17th is also National Record Store Day, and vinyl is making a comeback with new record stores appearing in many areas. So if you know of one, go and pay it a visit, and if you dont, look online and find your nearest. Originally these shops were where the latest 78 rpm records were played on the in-store gramophone and sold to the general public, but modern times have brought eight -tracks, CDs, and picture discs and some stores sell rare promotional and concert material. But you will never know, if you dont go. For a trip through the store-y of the record shop, give a spin to

Musical artists have always appeared on cigarette cards, like Wills “Radio Celebrities” (1934), with a second series the same year. However the pop star only arrived after cigarette cards , so we need to look to trade cards for those, like at – but we also recommend simply because it clearly shows the fact that “the times they are a changing”, with a mixture of stars appealing to young and to older tastes. Bernard Bresslaw seems an odd inclusion, but he made a very popular record called “The Teenagers Lament”, which you can actually hear at

… and that is rather a clever link to April 18th which is Amateur Radio Day. Radio was all the rage at one time, and many sets deal with the equipment with which anyone could pluck signals from the air and tune in to sounds. Like most inventions it soon became adapted for military use, but it also saved many lives especially at sea. Have a look at – and – Three related bargain lots turned up at the East Anglia Cigarette Card Club in January this year – Godfrey Phillips “How to make your own Wireless Set” was unsold though the estimate was only £15-18 – whilst Lambert & Butler “Wireless Telegraphy” sold for just £12 and Hill “Wireless & Telephony” for £26.

Our featured card is a very unusual one, its A165-650 [tobacco : UK] Adkin & Sons “Notabilities” (1915) 22/25, and of course it is Marconi himself.

April 19th is Bicycle Day. This is a very early card of a penny farthing style of bicycle, but you can see sample cards of a few later sets at – the author is right, up until The Second World War although there had been many odd cards of bicycles, within sets, there was only one set of cards in which a bicycle appears on every card. See if you can guess what that is before you look…

Another set which is getting scarcer is Kellogg`s “The Story of The Bicycle” (1964), this twelve card set is just one of the links between the issuer and the bicycle as they gave away many thousands of plastic reflectors, stickers, number plate style signs, and ran several on pack competitions to win bicycles. They also sponsored bike races and riders.

Our featured card is G600-140 [tobacco : OS] Goodwin & Co. (USA) “Occupations for Women” (1887) Un/50

On April 20, 1893, Harold Lloyd was born in Nebraska USA. He became one of the most successful comedians and “thrill” actors of the silent movies, performing his own stunts even after a prop malfunction seriously burned him and removed his right thumb and index finger; the fake bomb he was pretending to light with a cigarette was not fake. He disguised the loss of his fingers with a special glove, which you can sometimes glimpse on the screen.

Very early postcards show him as his first film name of “Winkle”; his next name was “the boy”, in short comedies co starring “the girl”, the first “girl” being Bebe Daniels, who became a lifelong friend and was one of the first people to visit him in hospital after his accident. When she moved on to bigger roles he found a new co-star, Mildred Davis, who he would marry, and stay married to until she died in 1969. He survived her by just two years.

Several cards of him can be found at

whilst our featured card was issued through “Picturegoer” magazine, one of just twelve sepia forerunners to the much more familiar black and white photographic cards? Just twelve, unless you have ones not shown at—sepia-88-long-acre.html – if so do drop us a line


On April 21st 1918 Baron Manfred von Richthofen “The Red Baron”, was shot down over Vaux-sur-Somme, near Amiens, in France. We may never know if it was ground to air fire from an Australian unit, or a Canadian pilot who you can read about at

Von Richhofen appears in those vast German sets “Der Weltkrieg” (1918) but the numbers vary across the many manufacturers, and in “Deutschland Hoch in Ehren” – and in Upper Deck Goodwin “Champions” (2011) card no.176 where it says he was “born on May 2, 1892 in Breslau Germany, joined the German Army Air Service in 1915 and was credited with eighty air combat victories before his death”.
Our featured card is from a super American set by National Chicle which may have escaped attention by aero fans as it is called “Sky Birds” (1933) 23/48

April 22nd is Girl Scout Leader Day and also Take Your Daughter and Son to Work Day (which is always the fourth Thursday of April).

Both these days are very important for childhood development, but they are not made much of, in fact I hear of more publicity for take your dog to work day (though in my case that is every day). Yet introducing your children to positive leaders and role models at an early age can only be a good thing, also giving them a chance to try out your work will make their mind up as to whether they want to follow in your footsteps or carve a path in a whole new direction.

This card was issued by Maynards in 1921 and it is part of a very scarce set of eighteen called ‘Girl Guide Series’; this shows a variety of things that guides could enjoy, as well as practical skills like child nursing, first aid, fire drill, working in a hospital, flag signalling and rescuing someone who has fallen through the ice of a frozen pond. It also includes cards of cycling and wireless telegraphy so it really fits this week well!


On April 23rd 1927 – which was St Georges Day – Cardiff City defeated Arsenal in the FA Cup Final, which was a very important event. As John Player “Association Cup Winners” 48/50 tells us, “A new chapter in the history of the Association Cup was created as the result of this Final, when for the first time for 36 years it was won by a club whose headquarters are not in England” It also says that “Cardiff put up a fine clean game, but it must be admitted that the goal which took the trophy to Wales was the result of a tragic mistake by he Arsenal goalkeeper [when the ball] dropped from his hands and rolled over the line.” That was the only goal of the match as well.

Some other interesting facts about the final was that though it was not the first time “Abide With Me” was sung at a cup final, it was sung for the first time a a concert earlier that day – but it was the first time that an FA Cup Final was broadcast on the radio by the BBC – and because the goalkeeper blamed grease on his jumper for causing him to drop the ball, Arsenal still wash the goalkeeper’s jumper before every match.

our CARDS OF THE DAY – from last week

Saturday – S474-890.1 [tobacco : UK] John Sinclair Ltd “Well Known Footballers” North Eastern Counties (1938) 44/50

In 1955 these were being retailed by The London Cigarette Card Company at 1d. a card or a full set at 2/6, along with its companion “Well Known Footballers” Scottish, which cost just a halfpenny a card or 1/6 a set. They are very similar cards so don’t make a mistake when buying your odds, especially as they are no longer so inexpensive; the way to tell is that either “North Eastern Counties” or “Scottish” is in a banner near the bottom of the reverse. John Sinclair was founded in 1856, and was bought by Carreras about 1930. For more about Sinclair see last week’s newsletter at

Sunday – TET-040 [trade : UK]
Tetley Tea “British Birds” (1970) 6/48

there was no album for this set, only a wall chart. These are very attractive group of cards, with the blue backgrounds with the delicately line drawn foliage being used to good effect and not being distracting as the full colour countryside backgrounds can tend to be. The set was first listed in our British Trade Index part III under the code of TET-2. And thanks to The Card Scene Magazine for showing us these.

Monday – Topps “Skylanders Giants” base set (2012) 19/123

There were 123 cards in the base set, made up of original characters, and world creatures. Other cards included Glow In The Dark, Rainbow and Mirror Foil, plus cards that formed sectional puzzles each of nine cards, and line drawn ones to colour in – and thats not including the figures and associated items like dog tags, stickers,etc.

Have a look at

Tuesday – T20-860.1 [tobacco : UK]
Teofani & Co. Ltd. “Past & Present – Series B – Weapons of War” (1938) Card No.36

Teofani were also mentioned in last week’s newsletter in conjunction with their ownership of Sandorides; founded about 1908 in East London, they were entirely exporters of cigarettes until 1941 and they did not sell brands in Britain until at least 1946. This was part of a trio of sets, but only four cards from the third set, on transport, were ever issued. They were, however, issued in an anonymous form by British American Tobacco.

Wednesday – TYP-120 [trade : UK] Typhoo Tea Ltd. “British Birds & Their Eggs” (1936) 24/25

Originally these appeared in British Trade Index I (1962) as SUM-3 under “Sumner’s Typhoo Tea” though the text admitted the group “Includes cards inscribed “Typhoo Tea” without Sumner`s name”. It also recorded that the back code was 1112/336 – a code which showed the printers number and the issue date of March 1936 (3 36). Most Typhoo sets have such a code. These were listed under Sumner all through the four original Trade Indexes but are now listed under TYP for Typhoo. And there are two Typhoo sets of British Birds and their Eggs, but you cannot get confused as the 1914 version was standard sized

Thursday – T045-300 Taddy Natives of the World (A) (1899) Un/25

Taddy have always been one of the most sought after issuers of cards, for a variety of reasons – first is that though founded in 1750 they issued few sets and they were all very interesting – their artwork is amongst the best, and also because of the manner of their closure. Now the first Mr Taddy came up to London from Norfolk in about 1740 and partnered up with a Mr. Gerard to sell tobacco, tea and snuff. This partnership was no longer in existence by 1755 as we find Jas Taddy & Co selling out of premises in The Minories. The firm was always looking for new adventures, but not always with good results, they lost millions trying to break into the South African market, and refused to join Imperial Tobacco. However a good decision saw them among the first to sell tobacco and cigarettes in packets rather than loose – though it was really just a bundle with a paper wrap and a label stuck on top to help seal it. One of the first packets was for “Myrtle Grove-, named after Sir Walter Raleigh’s home near Cork. This packet also contained a layer of lead foil to try and maintain freshness, the forerunner of the silver paper that appears in cigarette packets today.
In 1920 a mass strike of cigarette makers took place encouraged by the Union. Taddy’s workers were not in the Union but felt the need to show solidarity so they left work. The owner told them if they did not return they would not have work to return to and stood his ground, closing the business in June 1920 and burning all the labels and packages left in stock. He also refused to sell the company to any others so it might live on. However the name was re-registered in the 1990s and cards showing cars and steam trains were produced, most of these were framed and intended to be sold on at markets. However some cards were sold unframed.


Friday – unlisted [tobacco : UK] Themans “Film Stars” silk (A) (1914) 3/48 .

There are two sets of these, this medium size set of 48 cards, each card saying B6, and a a large postcard sized set of 14 cards which all say D6, but only the small size credits Themans, though the larger size is identical, even to the borders. Lists of the stars depicted appear at

Alma Louise Taylor was born on January 3, 1895, in London. She can also be found on Smith Cinema Stars (1920) 20/25.

“Hepworth Picture Player” refers to an early British Film Studio run by Cecil Hepworth and you can spend many pleasant hours reading about that at

AND NEXT WEEKEND – dont miss our special event celebrating and remembering the Annual Card Convention that usually took place at that time.
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