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5 June

Welcome to another week of “Notes and News”… and lets start with lots of news!

Sadly it looks like our break for freedom has not ended the way we hoped.
But at least today, whilst writing this, I have been told my second jab will be taking place on the 24th of this month. All positive thoughts will be much welcomed because I am not very brave with needles, and have to lie back with my hand over my eyes so I am unable to watch. A bit like this lady here, but not by any means so glamorously. Does anyone know this card, if so do tell us so she may be captioned? 

On another positive note, many thanks for all your correspondence. By the way, the email for this is – and this replaces all previous e-mails used for this purpose. I am glad to hear our thematic weeks seems to be proving popular, bringing forth e-mailed comments and offers of scans of cards.
And we have also managed to retain our Saturday Soccer Star, without him asking for a new contract or transfer!

Behind the scenes I have been trying to work on a few projects –

PictureFirstly, the AGM and Convention list, which, thanks to our readers, is getting very close to completion. We also acquired several scans of adverts which will appear as soon as we can. The last one, for 1987, which finished the location jigsaw all but one piece, is showing here.
That missing piece is still whether we had an AGM at the usual time, and then a separate Golden Jubilee event at the Barbican in 1988, or whether the two were combined later in the year. If we had an AGM at the usual time, where, for Caxton Hall was no longer in operation?
Dates are still a bit sketchy, but in recent memory we are lacking them for 1980 Birmingham (as well as confirmation it was actually in Birmingham) – 1984 Eccleston in London – 1985 which we have as March 13, but that must be wrong as that was a Wednesday – 1988 (as mentioned above) – 1989 Peterborough – 1991 Birmingham – 1992 Leeds – 1994 Manchester – 1996 Lincoln – 1998 Nottingham – 1999 Winsford – 2006 Nottingham – 2007 Worcester – and – 2009 Walton-On-Thames. Before 1980 it is easier to list what we have, which are 1940, 1942, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1960, 1961, 1968, 1973 – and – 1977. Any others will be most appreciated – thanking you in advance!

Secondly, the start of a Branch and Club checklist, which will include the main Cartophilic and Cameric ones, plus our affiliated and non-affiliated ones.
Once this checklist is up it will act as a launch pad for the main body of work, which will form their archives, and we ask for all of you to send us any corrections or missing information. Also it allows for local assistance where records might still exist in libraries.
The idea is that our current Branches and Clubs will have separate pages which will include their contact details, calendar and venues – whilst those no longer in operation will appear in a long string made up of sections, in alphabetical order.

And many thanks to Lea Valley, for allowing us to use this snapshot taken at a now long ago meeting!

ImageThirdly, a magazine checklist, which will allow you to not only use it as a wants list to build and check your own collection, but will point out a few errors and corrections from the early years which can make collecting rather difficult – for instance, two of the same number and one missed out later in the year, ones with no volume number, and at one point it gets totally confusing with covers that look the same but are not in the same volume. Anyway we hope this new list will enable you (and one day me) to enjoy a complete collection, because I am embarking on doing just that at the moment – in fact, in the post are volumes 1,2 and 3 of Cartophilic World, which I bought only this week. I find our early magazines quite fascinating and I am reminded that Dorothy Bagnall admitted many a dinner was burned whilst she was reading a cartophilic magazine.

Now the magazine list, and in fact all the above lists, bring me rather neatly to a new page, which if I have time will be started when this appears, and the idea of this is to provide a place where you can ask questions, and reply with answers, for instance, if you are writing an article for our magazine, and want to know what cards a certain person appears on, simply e-mail. When we mentioned this earlier in the year there were a few concerns about your revealing personal details, but this has now been neatly solved by us setting up a box number system – and we also do not store your details for this purpose, we simply retain your email in our inbox and use it to e-mail any replies directly to you. So do please join in – for the success of this project depends on all of you, both in the replying, and in the supplying of questions to reply to.

And so what, you may be wondering, is going on next week!

Well lets start with a very important one as Saturday 5 June is World Environment Day. We are all affected by pollution and by other things that humans do to affect the planet which gives them a place to live. It was way back in  1972 when the United Nations decided to give us a day to reflect, and to try and change our behaviours – because one day turns into two, or maybe a week, or maybe the rest of our lives! However it took two years before anyone really took any notice. Then it took off, and these days it is celebrated in over 100 different countries. In these times of change, the best place to go is online, and there is tons to do (and learn about) at the official website

I dont know what this card is, but it is in our media gallery and you can find the turtle as a McDonalds soft toy, as they did a tie in with National Geographic in 2018, giving away books and other items. Anyone know the details? 

PictureOn the 6 June 1944, the Normandy Landings took place. That is 77 years ago this year. For our younger readers, this event was a pivotal point in the Second World War, being the largest seaborne invasion in history, with many associated airborne operations as well – in fact nearly 160,000 men from the United Kingdom, Commonwealth and North America landed on the beaches in separate locations. We also know it as Operation Neptune, and D-Day. To read more, go to  which has a link to allow you to watch their memorial event online. Whatever you do that day, do give a thought for those who took part, as so many never returned.

The only set we know of which shows the Normandy Landings was issued by Trefin Chocolate of Belgium in the 1950s, and by some miracle you may see a set by clicking on :

Our card is Brooke Bond History of Aviation (1972) 30/50 and it shows the Airborne part of the Invasion, which you may not realise involved gliders as well as powered craft.

It was simply a game of cricket, played on 7 June 1975, as the beginning of a new event, called the Prudential Cup. However, when we look back now, we count this as the first ever Cricket World Cup, and also the first major event in One Day International Cricket.
The sponsors, Prudential Assurance Company, probably did not realise that their name would live on forever, it may have been the best advertisement ever.
Eight teams took part, the top six test sides wordwide (England, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and the West Indies) plus the two leading world teams not taking part in tests (East Africa and Sri Lanka). It was a knockout match between groups of four teams, the winner and runner up moving forward until two teams played in the grand final – and the winners of that were the West Indies. 

Our card here is Dunns Boots “Cricket” (A) – with many thanks to Patrick Marks

On 8 June 1984 “Ghostbusters”, an American comedy film about ghostly goings on, was released. It was a surprise hit, and led to three other movies and a cartoon series. The other movies were Ghostbusters II (1989) the sequel – Ghostbusters (2016) with actresses playing all three of the title roles – and a new film, to be released in November this year, which is a sequel to part II and directed by the son of the director of the two original parts. Of course that date is subject to change, as might be its ability to be shown in any kind of enclosed movie theatres at all.
How the world has changed from a time when we were battling ghosts that we could not see, and that some thought did not even exist, but knew how to strike at us.
Or maybe our definition of ghosts is what has been forced to change….

Our image is a packet which originally held Ghostbusters Candy Sticks, and it dates from the time of that first movie. 

PictureOn Wednesday 9 June 1934, Donald Duck appeared for the first time in “The Wise Little Hen”, and though it was thought that he might not be popular, because he was frequently angry, he became one of the most famous characters in the Disney Universe, in fact his outfit, of a sailor suit, led to a revival as childrens wear. Though this was his first live action performance, he had already appeared in a book, “The Adventures of Mickey Mouse”, in 1931. Many cards were issued – states there are 285, and also reveals something I did not know before, which is his middle name! They believe that the first card he appeared on was the 1955 Barratt “Walt Disney Characters”. Do you know of any earlier? If so do tell us! 

You may be surprised to learn that Donald has gone digital, and is now on a Topps Virtual Card – see that at

Our card is from Brooke Bond “The Magical World of Disney” (1989)


 On the 10th of  June 1922 : Judy Garland was born, a child star, she was cast opposite Mickey Rooney in a long series of movies, and then played Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz”. However she should also be remembered for a more adult role in “Judgement at Nuremberg” (1961), a very brave career move, which was produced and directed by Stanley Kramer.  tells us her first appearance on a card was for that film, it was Gallaher “My Favourite Part” 13/48 and she says on the back of that card that “…my part in “The Wizard of Oz” is my favourite so far. Its a fantasy for “children of all ages from nine to ninety”. She also liked the film because she has “an opportunity for singing… and the picture is in Technicolour”. Then she closes with something I find very sad – “But I’m quite young yet, so I’ve time to have plenty more favourite parts!” She was 17 at the time she made “The Wizard of Oz”; she died on June 22, 1969, aged just 47.  You can read a bit more about this card at:

Our card is by Kwatta Tobacco, dating from 1950, and showing her ginger hair off to great effect; sadly the back is very light and does not reproduce well. If anyone out there can take a better scan, or maybe has a darker back, please scan it and send it along. Its Serie C229 & C324 Photo C304


PictureOn the 11th of June, 1959 Christopher Cockerell first showed his amazing flying machine to the world.
This was, of course, the hovercraft. It must have looked very space age, and it must have taken amazing bravery to pilot it across the English Channel just weeks after that first prototype was revealed.
It went into operation as the SR.N1 shortly after, and made regular scheduled “flights” between England and France before the last took place in 2000.
The hovercraft actually had a far more serious use than holiday transport, as it is perfect for reaching shallow water, and difficult terrain, sometimes within the same mission, which makes it invaluable to rescue services worldwide. 

It is also amazingly photogenic, and has appeared in all manner of films and tv shows, especially sci-fi, where it only needs to be very thinly disguised to become an off world craft. Our card is from “Back to The Future II” by Topps (1989) 82/88 but if you look you can also find cards containing sections of the fabric from a hovercraft seat from the James Bond film “Die Another Day” 

And now for the Cards of the Day for last week!

PictureSaturday’s “Card of the Day” was the last one in our celebration of British Tourism Week, which ran from May 22 to May 31 – and it was Liverpool, the fifth most visited location in 2019, with 845,000 tourists. Our card is O100-490 [tobacco : UK] Ogdens “Captains of Association Football Clubs, & Colours” (1926) 22/44, and this set is intriguing to me because not all of the players shown have this painted landscape behind them, many are just a kind of smudge, which really does suggest that they might belong to two different sets, except for the fact that there are only six cards with this artistic background, being numbers 9, our 22, 28, 36, 38, and 40 – and I suppose number 7 just squeezes in with the top of the terraces. Do you know the reason why? If so, please tell us! This week we are going to make a real effort to show backs and fronts, and this one, as you can actually see, is not a descriptive text as such, its statistics, being the heights and weights of the eleven men in the Liverpool squad including our Captain, shown on the front, D. McKinlay. The “D” stood for Donald, and you can read about him, in mostly his own words, at


Sunday started a new theme of the week, and we started off very cryptically with Sir Walter Raleigh, who introduced tobacco to this country, and without tobacco there would have been no tobacco cards or cigarette cards for us to collect. So it seems only fitting that Sir Walter Raleigh has been celebrated on cards. However, the significance of Sir Walter for us was in the “Raleigh”, because this week it has been “bike week”…
You can see eighteen different cartophilic portraits of Walter Raleigh at and you can also view all the backs. Now these cards include three which are relevant to our picture, namely Millhoff “Art Treasures” 46/50 – Wills “Art Photogravures” 8/50 – and Wills “British School of Painting” 20/25 – the original painting was entitled “The Boyhood of Raleigh” by Sir John Everett Millais, famous for his involvement with and founding of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood”. Millhoff tells us that the painting was in the Tate Gallery, London. Our picture, though you may not have realised immediately, is the foot of the seafarer who is filling the head of the young Raleigh with tales of seamonsters and treasure – and its from W675-172.2 [tobacco : UK] W.D. & H.O. Wills “A Famous Picture”, series No.2 (August 1930) 12/48 – this being that very “Boyhood of Raleigh, just cut into 48 separate rectangular sections. The idea was to find a very flat surface and try to lay these out together like a square sided jigsaw, but also once you had collected all the cards that made the complete picture you could send them back to Wills, and in exchange they would send you a print of the painting rolled up in a cardboard tube, ready for you to frame. I always wondered what happened to the cards which were sent back, were they discarded, or just re-inserted into packets?

PictureOur card for Monday was C798-090A [tobacco : UK] Cope Bros & Co., Ltd “Dickens Gallery” (1900) Bk/50. C798-090B has “Cope`s Solace…” and is thought to be a trial printing, though it is believed all fifty cards can be found. This variety printing is rather expensive to attempt to make a set though! Now the significance here to us is that this card shows Barnaby Rudge – for Rudge & Co. Ltd (1886) and for Rudge, Whitworth Ltd (1896) of Coventry, bicycle makers Cope was founded in 1842 at Old Post Office Place in Liverpool and subsequently moved to Lord Nelson Street – it also had a London Branch. “Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of Eighty” was written by Charles Dickens as one of the weekly serials that was published during November 1841 in his weekly magazine called “Master Humphreys Clock” (“The Old Curiosity Shop” was also published here) The story takes place during the Gordon Riots of 1780. It starts at the Maypole Tavern, in Chigwell, which was based on an actual public house, the Kings Head, actually in Chigwell. Barnaby Rudge, unkindly described as a simpleton, is actually the main character, along with his pet raven, Grip. Edgar Allan Poe was very enamoured with Grip, and freely admitted that though he was not named, Grip was actually the hero of his own work “The Raven”. And Cope must also have liked Grip too, because he not only appears with Barnaby Rudge, he has his own card in their Dickens Gallery, number 18, which can be seen at
Barnaby Rudge seems not to have been adapted as a photoplay for many years – the last time was for the BBC way back in 1960, even before I was born! However it was filmed as a silent movie in 1915 by Hepworth, starring Stewart Rome, Tom Powers and Violet Hopson, which was filmed at Walton Studios – and was a lavish production, employing 1,500 extras during the riot scenes.


Tuesday`s card was G075-340 Gallaher Ltd “British Birds” (1922) 4/100 – and if you hadnt guessed by now this is for the Swift Cycle Co. Ltd (1903) and Swift, E.J. (1903) of Coventry, bicycle makers. This set has three versions, ours, with a printed autograph of the artist George (James) Rankin below the bird, one with his name in script and just “By Rankin” on the reverse (where ours say by George Rankin”, and another with plain backs – though these are thought to be proofs, cut down from a sheet. Certainly there is no record of plain backed cards ever being issued with the product. What is recorded is that the front picture is only printed in three colours, by letterpress from half tone blocks – the printer was Tillotson`s Ltd of Bolton. A curious fact is that in our early checklist of Gallaher cards we give the date as 1922, but in The London Cigarette Card Company`s “British Cigarette Card Issues 1920-1940” issued in 1955 it gives the date of December 1923. It also tells us that the “By Rankin” backs were scarcer, costing 2/6 a card, and there being no sets available – whilst our “George Rankin” backs cost 9d a card and you could buy a set for 90/-. This is the same price as “Animals and Birds of Commercial Value”, the brown backed “Boy Scout Series”, “British Champions of 1923”, the set of 100 “Cinema Stars”, either the green or brown “Famous Footballers”, and “Plants of Commercial Value”. Looking through some vintage Murray Cards catalogues, it seems that since then there has been some movement in the market – in 2009 our birds were valued at £150, “Animals and Birds of Commercial Value” at £60, “Boy Scout Series” at £200-250, “British Champions of 1923” at £120, “Cinema Stars” at £150, the “Footballers” at £120-220, and the “Plants of Commercial Value” at £70. An interesting insight, as I would have thought the footballers would have been most expensive. However I agree that though the animals are lovely cards, the rather callous nature of the reverse text, seeing only value in the parts rather than the beauty of the living animal, probably puts off today’s more enlightened buyers.
And yes, this is the same set as the unissued set of P.J. Carroll “Birds”, prepared for issue in 1939 but cancelled by the Second World War.


Wednesday – P644-180 [tobacco : UK] John Player “Cycling” (May 1939) 28/50 – You may not believe it, but this was the first ever set of cards entirely devoted to cycling! There had been many cards of cyclists in sporting sets, and cycles in transport ones, even the Army Cycling Corps made a few appearances including on another Player card “Army Life”. Mr. John Player was the son of a solicitor in Saffron Walden, who became a clerk in a Nottingham drapers. In 1861 he set up a tobacconists business, and in 1874 he registered the name “Player`s”, buying a tobacco factory in the Broadmarsh just three years later. In April 1884 he opened a new premises, The Castle Tobacco Factory, which was claimed to be the largest in the world, though woodcuts from two years later still show they were hand-making the product and had not moved into mechanisation. John Player himself died that December, leaving the business to his sons. They were also keen business men, starting the production of “Navy Cut” in 1887, and converting to a Limited Company in 1895 with a capital of £200,000 – they were also one of the founder members of The Imperial Tobacco Company.


Thursday – B502-200 [Tobacco :UK] The Bocnal Tobacco Co. London “Luminous Silhouettes of Beauty and Charm” (1938) 11/25. Yes that is right, if you exposed them to light during the day for a certain length of time these cards did actually glow in the dark for a while. They are slightly smaller than the usual standard sized cards, and the luminous ink tends to have yellowed the “white” sections. Bocnal were founded in 1934, and were based at 9, Bonhill Street, London EC2, they were taken over by Amalgamated Tobacco Corporation of Luton. Dealers catalogues and listings say that Bocnal issued two sets, the other one was “Proverbs” and it is presumed that it was only issued overseas. If you look at the back of our card, you will read that they were issued with “Newgent Virginia Cigarettes”, and, as it says at the bottom, this brand was “OBTAINABLE ONLY FROM NEWSAGENTS”, Newgent being a shortening of NEWsaGENT. To see a list of all the cards in the series, have a look at:


Friday – O100-418 [tobacco : UK] Ogdens “Club Badges” (1915) 5/50 – you can read more about this club at – because they are still in existence today, and have a marvellous collection of archival material scanned on to their website, though they does not seem to be aware of this card. I did send them a short email – and will tell you of any reply. I do wonder if any of our readers are also members of their club. Seeing their superb collection has encouraged me to press ahead with digitising our magazines, even if only the front covers – and also to upload some of the early items that I have saved to disc.

Well this was a slightly different style of newsletter, trialling a different way of doing the pictures
and also managing to include the backs of most of the cards, so we hope you enjoyed it.

All comments and suggestions are not only welcomed, but go to make a better newsletter for everyone! 

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And we look forward to seeing you all back here again next week

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