July 1717th July 2021 by Sam Whiting
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Remember if you have any comments or suggestions, just get in touch. We are also experimenting with a different type style, which is a bit larger, and hopefully easier to read. We have also enlarged the pictures, not always successfully as some light ink is very hard to read, and darkening it only serves to make it blurry. And we have aimed to be more concise, but not to shorten it – rather so we can squeeze more in !
Well our whistle stop tour through next week starts with this jockey, Herbert E Jones. He died on July 17, 1951, and he is remembered for not only winning the Derby twice (not him, running, of course), but also on two different horses, “Diamond Jubilee” in 1900 and “Minoru” in 1909. However he played a bigger part in racing history than that, as on 4 June 1913 he was the jockey whose horse, King George V’s “Anmer” struck the suffragette Emily Davison. He received a concussion, and hurt his arm, she died four days later in hospital. There is a really fascinating article on her at https://www.britishpathe.com/blog/emily-davison-killed-by-kings-horse-at-1913-derby/ and it includes the fact that she, and her mother, had practised trying to catch horses in motion before the event, something I had not heard before. In the interest of keeping this short and hopefully sweet, you can see five cigarette card portraits of H. Jones at https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/search/index?filters%5Broot-collection%5D=b50ab6f0-c52b-012f-5986-58d385a7bc34&keywords=h+jones# By the way, I don’t know what the two very unusual cards with playing card insets are, or why the second shows him in blue silks and cites Col. W Hall Walker. Unless this was after the death of the King, and Minoru reverted to the ownership of Col. Walker? ZJ3-48 is cited on this page, but I can’t find that code…. You can see two cards of Diamond Jubilee HERE – note the left oval on the Smith`s card is titled “Prince of Wales”, and also what the reverse tells us about the temperament of Diamond Jubilee) – and two of Minoru HERE – note that on this Smith card the left oval is titled “King Edward VII”. The reverse tells us that Minoru was only leased, from the M.P. for Widnes, Colonel Hall Walker; a very interesting person, responsible for starting both The National Stud and the Irish National Stud, and whose father was the “Walker” of the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. In 1919 he resigned as an M.P. and became Baron Wavertree. His wife is also famous as she donated a trophy for lawn tennis, which later became the Davis Cup. (P246-750 Pattreiouex “Sporting Events & Stars” (1935) 42/50). And here is something else I bet you didn’t know – remember the game “Escalado” with the hand cranked racing surface and lead horses, invented and patented by Arthur Gueydan in 1928 – now take a look at a boardgame site we discovered whilst researching : https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/24593/minoru
By the way our card is P644-184.1 John Player “Derby & Grand National Winners” (April 1933) 2/50 – the set was also produced as a transfer version (P644-184.2). Diamond Jubilee does not appear in this set.
On July 18 let us shift gears to a different sort of horse power as it will be the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. You can read all about that at https://www.silverstone.co.uk/events/formula-1-british-grand-prix – but what you may not know that the site was an RAF base during the Second World War, though quite late, it only opened in March 1943, becoming operational the following month. It is sometimes quoted that it was a bomber station, but it was actually mainly in an instructional capacity, though aeroplanes from there did bomb France, with propaganda papers. If you look at the track, even today, it is hard to disguise the runways that bisect the field. The base was sold in 1947, and the following year saw the first Grand Prix, under the stewardship of the Royal Automobile Club; in fact they used the “X” of those runways and did sharpish turns just before the crossing point. This was not very successful, so when the British Grand Prix started in 1949 they changed the course and used only the peri track; the runways have never been used again. Jim Clark, Alain Prost, and Lewis Hamilton have all won the British Grand Prix five times. We show you Jim Clark, from a very unusual set that I know nothing about and cannot track down. Anyone out there know more about Epic Cards? Do let us know.
You will find Silverstone on several cards, and we are sure there are more. Merrysweets of London “World Racing Cars” large 36/48 is a good one, in our original Trade Indexes this was listed as MER-3 but its now MER-120. Then we have Petpro of Crawley “Racing Cars” (1953) 16/35, was PET-1, now PET-140. And finally Mobil “The Story of Grand Prix Motor Racing” (1970) large size 31/36, which shows S. Moss in 1957, driving a Vanwall, the first British car to win the British Grand Prix. You will spot this very card on Twitter soon as I tend to spring my site back into life whenever it is a motor racing weekend… Anyway this set was originally given the reference number MLO-7, now its MOB-040.
July 19 may or may not be freedom day. Only time will tell whether we are free of our light cloth covid filtering masks, which we chafed so about, or whether we will have instead have to retreat into these… Go careful out there, all of you, at least for a while. The first “gas mask” was an adaptation of something designed as protection for miners, where flammable fumes were an ever present hazard. They were then adapted for firemen, and for smoke. P644-088 John Player “Life on Board a Man of War in 1805 and 1905” (1905) Un/50 also shows us they were used by the Navy, where it was referred to as “smoke head-gear”. The earliest ones were really just a hood, with a section to see through, and you can see one on G075-155.2 Gallaher “The Great War” second series (1916) card 116. The first gas attack of the First World War is usually recorded as having been on the Russian forces, by the Germans, in January 1915; but gas had already been used during the conflict, in 1914, by the French, against the Germans. In fact, gas, in warfare started with sulphur fumes, used by the Spartans in 479 BC. However this was not the first biological agent, as the Athenians used to taint the water supply of beseiged cities with plants, particularly hellebores; they had been doing this since 600 BC. And recent theories have pointed to hellebores being the poison which killed Alexander the Great. And you can see three cards of him at https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/search/index?filters%5Broot-collection%5D=b50ab6f0-c52b-012f-5986-58d385a7bc34&keywords=alexander+the+great
July 20 1969 saw the man made rocket, Apollo 11, land on the moon. Our card is by Dandy Gum, and the set is un-named but it does mention Apollo 11. I will have to go and look at the A & BC Gum version now and see if it the same – and find out which was issued first. The Commander of the mission was Neil Armstrong and he was accompanied on his flight from the Earth by Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins; the latter had the tough job of being allowed up, but not getting to land, his task was to circle the planet whilst the other two went down in a smaller craft. Nobody knew if the smaller craft would even make it to the planet surface, but sometimes hope is all you need. And, whether by hope or ingenuity, it did successfully land. Then there was a long wait, testing equipment and maybe plucking up the courage to unseal the door that led who knows what was waiting.
Six hours later, but on a different day, July 21, Neil Armstrong became the first person to step onto the surface of an alien world; Buzz Aldrin followed him slightly later. Their twenty-one hour expedition gathered rocks and soil, and they also raised the American flag, quite a hard job as the atmosphere made it hang limply, until, as it tells us on our card, a rod was inserted. There is no record of whether this was designed to be a flag of war or of peace. There are still people who believe the whole thing was an elaborate hoax, that America had no chance of beating the Russians without such subterfuge. And it does seem strange that this happened so long ago, but nobody has landed since, even with the benefit of all this modern technology. However sometimes hope is contagious, and even today, I hope it was all true. You can see Neil Armstrong on BRO-140 Brooke Bond “Adventurers and Explorers” (1973) 50/50. And this card also calls “Buzz” Armstrong by his given name of Edwin.
And NASA chose the seventh anniversary of this event, in 1976, as the date that Viking 1, an unmanned U.S. planetary probe, would land on the surface of Mars. You can see Viking on Brooke Bond “Race into Space” which was issued in 1971 – where it tells us “The most advanced American unmanned spacecraft for which firm plans exist is Viking”, and that it would be launched in 1975.
July 22 is National Hammock Day https://nationaltoday.com/national-hammock-day/ Our card is a Liebig, namely S0689 “The Corso Of Life”, and this version was produced in Italy. There were two sets with this title, one issued in 1896 (S0500 : F0470) and this one in 1901 (S0689 : F0663). Both tell the story of life, starting in youthful promise and then ageing. This set includes a swing as well as a hammock, and a bicycle, which collectors of such vehicles may not realise. Unfortunately this card belongs to a reader, and it is stuck in an album, so there is no back showing.
Another equally glamorous image may be seen, courtesy of Kinney Bros, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Jefferson Burdick, at https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/727026
You will also find a hammock featured on an 1890’s card, G040-600 : N150 Gail & Ax’s Navy Cut “Actress” card. Hammocks were very popular in the Navy, they took up less space and accomodated more men than a conventional bunk system, and they also compensated for the swell of the ocean. However I have looked high and low for a hammock on a Naval card – without success. However I can return to last week`s cards of the day, because I just found out “The Blacksmith Shop” appears in G075-640 Gallaher “Royal Navy” (1937)
On July 23 it will be the start of the Tokyo Olympic Games. In 1964, the Games were also held there, but much later than usual, between the tenth and the twenty-fourth of October, in order to avoid the heat and humidity which the area suffered at the usual time, and also to skirt the September typhoon season. Actually Tokyo was all set to host the 1940 Games, but the Japanese invasion of China saw the event being awarded instead to Helsinki. Now you might be wondering why you have not heard of these, and that is because they never happened; the Second World War saw to their cancellation. And Helsinki had to wait until 1952 to finally hold them. Now I am lucky to have several vintage card magazines that include features on the Olympic Games, so we might have a few pop up pages over the duration of the games. Lets start with “The Cartophilic World” of July /Aug 1956, where on Vol.11, No.125, p.1693 it tells us that fifty athletes represented Great Britain at Melbourne, and mentions P521-350 Godfrey Phillips “Olympic Champions, Amsterdam, 1928”, British Automatic Co. Ltd weight machine cards BRH-19 or BRI-330 “Olympic Games. Series of 24 Items of Interest, bearing “Do You Know style facts concerning the games”, followed later on by BRI-370 “Speed” which contained 8 cards of 1948 Olympic Champions. They also mention A745-650.7i Ardath Photocards Z series No.111 which shows “Kindling the Olympic Torch”. Numbers 111 – 165 were issued from September 1936 and they have “Z” at bottom right.
Now it would be easy (if rather a long job) to go through a catalogue and copy out all the sets with Olympic in the title, but your weeks challenge is to scan or send us details of any cards in non olympic or non sporting sets which show the Games, venues, or contestants. And we can set up a Games Gallery.
Our card is Brooke Bond Olympic Challenge (1992) and it shows Muhammad Ali, because he did indeed win at the Olympics, in 1960, in Rome.
Now this week we are going to do something a bit different by trying to add in a middle section as mentioned before, a quick ramble through some vintage card collecting magazines.
If you also receive our printed magazine, you will know that the earliest ever cigarette card magazine was by Joseph Baguley, a young man of whom little is known; unless there is another researcher out there who has any knowledge we may not have. Subscribers can revisit his story in Card-World, our printed magazine, Volume 44, no.5 – cover shown here >
The oldest example of cartophilic literature I have access to was Volume 1, No.1 of “Cigarette Card News”. This was issued in October 1933, by the London Cigarette Card Company, and it cost twopence. The twelve pages acted as an introduction to what they had managed to set in motion so far – which was quite a lot, as they had already found contributors, Mr. C.T. Gregory to cover overseas issues (though in the first year he only deals with Germany), Mr. R.H. Malcolm who was a specialist in aviation, (in fact he states his “collection is probably the most complete aviation one in the country, comprising every aeroplane and airship that ever flew, and a good many that never did” but then only contributes one article in the first year), Lady Margaret McRae OBE JP, (who would later become a patron of the Cartophilic Society), and Mr. Evans, (who was interested in how cards could be used for education, and whose company produced projectors to show them enlarged on a screen). The need for a “standard catalogue” was also mentioned, in similar vein to what Stanley Gibbons had done for stamps, but also to record the cards of every issuer, indeed, Charles Lane Bagnall had already gained access to the records of Messrs. W.F. Faulkner, but there was no space for his list in the first issue. It also included two plate illustrations, a block showing a few errors and varieties (a speciality of Colonel Bagnall), and a “London” Album.
And then there was a competition, to win 10/- worth of cards; all you had to do was to put the given list of sets in order of sales during the period 1st March to 30th June. Now as I will (hopefully) run across the solution in the near future, why not have a go yourself, and keep your solution close at hand. No prizes, only enjoyment. The sets to put in order were:
Empire Railways – Railway Locos – Strange Craft – Wild Animals of the World – British Butterflies – Australian and English Test Cricketers – Motor Races 1931 – London Zoo Aquarium – Landmarks in Railway Progress – and – Kensitas Miniature Playing Cards.
And they only gave the set title, so I have done the same.
All in all, it is a fascinating magazine, fast paced, and including a great deal of useful information, plus some fun; and it closed with the fact that an annual subscription within the British Isles cost 2/-, or 2/6 if the subscriber lived abroad. Perhaps there is a 1933 subscriber still reading this, if so, let us know!
And now to our “Cards of the Day”…
Saturday : this plain backed Eintracht Frankfurt team photo card is probably counted as commercial, the idea was that you bought it and tried to get the players to sign it. This was a bit of a fiendish clue, but any one of the squad was technically someone residing in Frankfurt, in other words, a “Frankfurter”. And that’s a brilliant link, if I do say so myself… founded in 1899 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eintracht_Frankfurt
Sunday : ZA04-100 : USA/C47 [tobacco : OS] Anonymous “Boy Scouts” – Canadian Imperial Tobacco Issue – (1911) 37/50, A lot of you thought this was a variety of either the Churchman third series (October 1916), or the Ogdens first series (January 1911), and it is exactly the same picture, but neither of those have the black title bar at the top. The backs are different as well. The clue here was the camp fire, not so much the flames, (because barbecues are not supposed to involve any flame, just a steady white heat), more the camaraderie and good times associated with a group of people eating and getting together in the open air. Lets hope those times soon return.
Monday T045-050 [tobacco: UK] Taddy & Co – “Boer Leaders” (1901) 6/20 – showing General Schalk [William] Burger. He was born in 1852 and died in 1918. He started his career as a clerk to the Field Cornet, a musical sounding term that actually just means a local government officer, particularly one given military office in case of wars or local . or skirmishes. Progressing into that job himself in the early 1880s led him into the parliament of the former South African Republic. What seems to have set him apart was his sympathies to working men, migrant, and African workers, going so far as to attack President Kruger`s policies; he also grew more and more opposed to war, and when President Kruger travelled to Europe in 1900, he somehow became acting President and soon started the process towards making peace with the British who were currently engaged in the Boer War, and in fact his were the first steps towards the eventual Peace Treaty.
Of course all this should have led you to our featured event, which is National Barbecue week. Now usually that event starts at the very end of May, but this year it had to wait right until July 5th, however its not all bad news because the event was given an extra week, making it a whole fortnight, and also enabled us to feature it using that second week. However finding cards on barbecues was totally fiendish! Anyway, you may not know that this year is the silver anniversary of National Barbecue Week – it started in 1997. There is a serious side too as they raise money for charity by getting people to hold barbecues and charge a nominal amount admission, or per course, and under the restrictions of covid they still secured many donations from people who had solo barbecues and just donated some money. And check out : https://wobblybootsbbq.blogspot.com/2017/08/7-unbelievable-guinness-world-records.html
Tuesday`s card was, of course, H536-450 [tobacco : UK] Hignett Bros & Co. “Dogs” (1936) 8/50 – this being “sausage” dog, or dachshund. We were after a scan of C798-240 Cope Brothers & Co. Ltd – ‘Dogs of the World’ (c1910) – 25 – as there is a secret to it that you may not realise; the top of the reverse, under COPE`S CIGARETTES and DOGS OF THE WORLD actually says “A Series of 50 pictures from Drawings by CECIL ALDIN, R.B.A., the most celebrated modern painter of Horses and Dogs.”
These dogs sadly suffer a lot from the genetic inbreeding that made them short legged and lengthened their bodies, which led to spinal stress. One of the first ones in England was given to Queen Victoria by her husband, who, like the breed, was German, in fact it is often said that he introduced the breed to England. This dog was called Dackel, but actually in Germany “Dackel” is the name for all pet dachshunds, as opposed to “Teckel” which is the name for the ones which are used for hunting. It seems unlikely that Albert did not know this, so maybe he thought it amusing, and didn’t let on. He was very enamoured of the dogs and often drew them, you can see one of his drawings at https://www.beforefelton.com/albert-prince-head-of-a-dachshund-1840-1893-ngv-et/
And Canine Card Collectors will find a veritable kennel-full of dachshunds at https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/search/index?utf8=%E2%9C%93&keywords=dachshund#
Wednesday brought us P644-046 [tobacco : UK] John Player “British Empire Series” (1904?) 12/50 and this celebrated the fact that it doesn’t always have to be meat, or dinner, that you cook on a barbecue. There are plenty of recipes for barbecued bananas, most seem to agree that you peel them, put them on foil, curved side up, then stick a fork or clean toothpick into each one several times, put butter on top of each bringing the foil to the top before folding it over to seal it, and putting it on the grill for 15 minutes. You can turn the parcel half way through. And some people add rum. You can also leave the skins on and put direct to the grill, but you have to turn them more. This set had several text changes throughout its life, so many that our original John Player Checklist, issued in 1950, could not fit them in, and instead directed the reader to “The Bulletin” pages 328-331. This was the first true printed magazine of the Cartophilic Society, and I have that issue, which I will try and scan and share, though my Bulletins are in a bound volume that is not the easiest to fit on the scanner. Now according to John Player’s own records, this set was not issued in 1904. They say it was issued overseas in 1905, but waited until 1909 to be issued in this country. The same set was issued by W.D. & H.O. Wills, in Australia, advertising Capstan, Havelock and Vice Regal brands, plus an anonymous unbranded version. Reportedly none of the varieties in the Players set have been recorded in any of the Wills versions. But do check your cards and let us know….
And Thursday brought us C798-640 [tobacco : UK] Cope “Happy Families” (1937) 49/60. The reverse, as you can see, is just instructions on how to play the game, but look, right at the bottom, it says something strange, “By the Courtesy of The Chad Valley Co., Ltd.” So somewhere out there are these identical images as either part of a game, or as playing cards? Do drop us a line if you can track down the date.
You can also find Happy Families issued by Carreras (1925), which includes the “Match” family, football fans – https://cartophilic-info-exch.blogspot.com/2014/02/carreras-happy-families.html – and – https://cartophilic-info-exch.blogspot.com/2017/07/carreras-happy-families-02.html
Plus Wills (issued about 1930) where the families names are taken from several of the company`s brands – https://cartophilic-info-exch.blogspot.com/2017/06/wd-ho-wills-happy-families.html
also look out for one of my favourite sets, MEL-1 or MEL-200 issued by Melox Dog Food (1929), which features families of dogs, not humans https://www.wopc.co.uk/games/happy-melox-families (and don’t forget to click on the Parkinson`s Link on that page, which is really intriguing.)
Now on Friday I was hoping to have the most important thing you can have at a barbecue, a fire extinguisher, or even a bucket of sand, as featured in FAC-040 Facchino “How and Why” (1938) but I couldn’t track down a card. So instead we have something that would come pretty high up on the list of barbecue eating essentials, and that is tomato sauce. This is a giveaway postcard, which you can usually find listed on internet auctions as “Heinz Tomato Ketchup Promotional Postcards”, but it is too recent to be listed in our reference books. Anyway, it’s a fun way to close the week, though once more it’s a bit untoward to poor old broccoli. Mind you they do seem to be sold as sets of four, and my card is often missing. Any enlightenment? This is a million years away from the original Heinz giveaways of cardboard one dimensional, or metal three dimensional gherkins, though if you look closely there is a gherkin on this card, but modern giveaways tend not to be saved, so it could well be a collectable of the future perhaps? And if you put tomatoes on your barbecue, never put them on whole – they tend to burst and turn into projectiles….
And sadly, that is all I can squeeze in for another week.
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