January 99th January 2021 by Sam Whiting
Welcome to another “Notes and News”
Well here we are in yet another lockdown, but don’t be downhearted, we plan several diversions over the next few weeks to occupy you and your minds. Recently we have been asking a few people what they miss most about not going to fairs and markets. The top answer was of course, meeting their friends, as though you can write letters, phone, or chat to each other, even in picture, over the internet, it will never be quite the same, and sadly there is not much we can do to supply that for you.
However, the second most missed thing was seeing actual cards, and more than that, seeing cards in full view on a dealers table that were not from categories you collected or ever thought you had an interest in, but liked immediately, and often bought on sight.
Now this we can all help with, and proudly announce two lockdown projects starting today. Our new section, “Discoveries” will be filled by our readers sending in scans of any and all cartophilic and collectable items they buy. This will prove that there is still a chance to buy great items online, or off other collectors, and that the hobby still flourishes. And it will also show our readers that vast variety of themes they so miss.
Our “Card of the Day” is currently featuring calendars, and you might be surprised, and a bit excited to hear that I have not yet used a card from our gallery; all these wonderful items have entirely been supplied by our readers, and it was much inspired by the success of our recent Santa Special, which will disappear today at midnight to allow him to travel back home and have some R&R.
Now remember in December that “I” promised “I” would return? Well as of today we are recommencing our trip through the alphabet of issuers with “I”, but this section will also now be thrown open to receive readers scans. Now there will not be space for all the cards to feature as our “Card of the Day” especially as we would ideally like to show the fronts and backs, but they will all appear somewhere, and to make this as seamless as possible, we are currently looking for cards by issuers beginning with not only “I” but “J”, “K”, “L”, and “M”, so that we may have a head start. We will let you know the when the next round starts.
And you can email your scans direct to CSGB2020@mail.com
So lets have a chat about what is going on this week:
A great site on Batman trade cards can be found at :
These are from photographs, but I am sure I am not alone in also liking the charm of art drawn sets like this lovely view from John Players “Gems of Beauty”. And may we also direct you to Churchman “Holidays in Britain” (1938) a set of 48 cards, and to Godfrey Phillips “Beauty Spots of the Homeland”, large sized, which have proper postcard backs.
SUNDAY JAC-200 [trade : UK] Jacobs listed in Trade Index 3 1986 as Calendar Folders (A) six were known these being 1892 Woodland Scenes, 1916 Scottish Maid, 1925 “The Helmsman”, 1935 Trumpeter, 1937 Snowman and 1940 Girl with teddy bear. These measured 89-96 cm x 77-87 cm. However by the time of our latest edition, the British Trade Index of 2006 (Ref Bk.125), these had been renamed Advertisement Cards (A) Calendar Folders, and the thought is one may have been issued each year. No earlier has been found than 1892, but more have been discovered, namely 1893 with daffodils and blue tits – 1894 sea scene – 1898 lake scene – 1899 windmill and Weir Bridge Killarney – 1901 girls (head and shoulders) – 1924 child in white dress picking flowers. So are there any more out there in YOUR collection, if please so let us know?
And here is another thought, this one we feature is dated 1930, but is this the same trumpeter as on the 1935 card ?
MONDAY – this unusual advent calendar was issued with “Friskies” and “Go Cat” cat food we believe in the 1970s. It has never been opened, so we do not know if they were cat treats underneath or not. It seems to definitely be aimed at cats, look at all those birds on it! Though surely the tray food shows a terrier? And is this the only year they issued a calendar? Let us know…
TUESDAY – W575-105.1 [tobacco : UK] W.D. & H.O. Wills “Calendar 1911”. This single card issue appeared in packets during December 1910. The following year another calendar was issued for 1912, and then no more, so we can only wonder why only these two years were chosen. They are the size of a standard cigarette card.
WEDNESDAY – P644-240 [tobacco : UK] John Player “A Nature Calendar” large 1/24. This set was issued in April 1930. Each month has two cards devoted to it, and it is a lovely set full of countryside animals. I am particularly taken with the sand lizard featured on the card for July (no.14). In fact the first cigarette cards I ever owned was a framed part set of John Players “Animals of the Countryside” (1939); it featured all the animals I knew so well, frogs, newts, toads and snakes (though I could have done without the card of the stoat). It was almost certainly made just a few days before I bought it, in the late 1970s, but it has hung on the wall of everywhere I have since lived, and I have it at my shoulder now.
THURSDAY – Eastman Dyers calendar for 1916. No mention of this calendar in our reference books but they do tell us that Eastmans issued an advertisement card about the 1920s with the wording “Dont let them go West – But to Eastmans”. (Go West being a pseudonym for wear out). They were based in Acton and their advertising materials also used artwork from the top designers, particularly E McKnight Kauffer, whose 1927 poster can be seen at https://www.si.edu/object/chndm_1963-39-43
FRIDAY – this calendar was issued by Collier Brothers of the Essex Brewery in Walthamstow, which actually had an artesian well at the premises. In 1920 they were taken over by Tollemache, though they retained the name of The Essex Brewery until it closed in the early 1970s.
But you can look back in time at a really super pictures of their horse drawn vehicles, the original brewery, and also some of their advertising at https://www.facebook.com/walthamstowinpictures/photos/a.1078253638885586/1078253252218958/
And there is a transcript of a recording a former worker made at http://breweryhistory.com/wiki/index.php?title=Collier_Brothers
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