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november 14

Welcome to this week`s  “Notes And News” – November 14th to 20th
Another week of lockdown has passed, not many more to go, and then hopefully things will start returning to normality just in time for Christmas. We hope it works out this time and it is the start of a lasting peace. We much miss visiting all those lovely fairs and markets, and the throng of viewing auctions, none of which can really be done to the same effect online. We also miss the camaraderie of our fellow collectors, the chance to have a laugh, and tell tall tales of the cards that got away. 
PictureWe hope you all read our Remembrance Day and Armistice Day specials this week.
If you did not, then they are still available at : 
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These events also featured on Twitter, where they received 84 and 51 impressions respectively. We also covered the American Presidential Elections at   and were delighted that the actual event did have a huge turnout. Though we seriously doubt that was anything to do with us, it is always better to have a full representation of the will of the people, rather than just a few
And yes, more specials are in the pipeline, our next will be Thanksgiving, followed shortly after by our month long Christmas “Cards” feature with lots of exciting ephemera and cartophilic curios. Remember, if you would like to share some Christmas related items from your own card collection tell us at :
PictureNow today, November 14, would have been the birthday of William Steig. You may not immediately know his name but you will definitely know one of his creations, the green ogre called Shrek. What you may not realise is that he was born in 1907, and his book “Shrek! was first published only in 1990. Cartoonist, sculptor, writer and illustrator, Mr. Steig also wrote other animal based childrens books which are less well known. Trading cards have been produced by Dart of Canada and Inkworks of the United States of America, starting with the first film “Shrek” which appeared in 2001, and following on with “Shrek 2” in 2004, “Shrek the Third” in 2007 and “Shrek Forever After” in 2010 – with the fifth film scheduled to be released next year. In 2011 his feline co-star Puss in Bootsalso starred in a spin off film and “Puss in Boots 2” is currently in production, but it does not appear he yet has a card set devoted to him.  The cards are quite easy to find, but the binders are getting scarce, especially the original three ring binder issued by Dart Flipcards to take the nine pocket card pages. Mind you, that was issued in 2001, almost twenty years ago!
PictureNovember 15 1968 saw Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth II docking in Southampton at the end of her final Transatlantic voyage. This card is “one of ours”, it was issued in 1997 to mark our Annual Convention, which was held that year in Southampton. These cards were only issued on that weekend; another “Limited Edition” to look out for is a special pictorial tin of Rothmans King Size cigarettes, which was issued to mark the QEII entering service in May 1969. Reportedly it was only sold on board. One of these is is on sale online at the moment at only other card we can find of this majestic vessel is by Brooke Bond “The Saga of Ships” (1970) card no.50. Unless you know of others ??

November 16 is National Fast Food Day. Now fast food may not be my personal choice, but it has produced a number of trade card issues, as well as small plastic models, which you may scorn, but all help to introduce young people to the joys of collecting. McDonalds have issued several sets of cards, mostly American football and baseball, but they also did some unusual Pokemon cards, which you can see at: Our card is from Wimpy Restaurants “Super Heroes Super Villains”, a medium sized set issued in association with Marvel Comics in 1979. This is card no.6 showing “Iron Man”, and he was made into a film in 2008. Wimpy Restaurants also issued several ranges of attractive pin badges at their popular childrens` parties, they showed their “Beefeater” character, roaming round the world, going into space, and also visiting the 1982 World Cup; they started off as metal, gradually moved to plastic, and then fell rather foul of the restrictions on sharp objects being allowed near children. 

November 17 is Electronic Greeting Card Day, and in this time of lockdown e-cards have definitely come into their own. There is a lot to be said for them, they save you breaking out to go shopping, cost nothing to post, and the recipient does not have to wait three hours before they can open them. If you have never sent an e-card, why not try on its special day? They celebrate all occasions, even just saying hello to someone locked down elsewhere that you are missing seeing or being with. Many cards are totally free, with no necessity to sign up, though they ask for your email address when you send the card so that they can tell you once the recipient reads your card – is best for advert free ones – whilst seem to cover the biggest range of occasions. Some are just a picture on a screen but others sing and dance their way across multiple screens. Of course, one day we will hopefully be able to return to normality, and send our letters as before,which was always rather romantic and tinged with nostalgia – just like this lovely card by Salmon & Gluckstein Ltd, from “Methods of Conveying the Mails”, issued in 1900.

PictureNovember 18 1852 was the date of the Duke of Wellington`s funeral, in London. Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington is most remembered today for beating Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo, and cigarette card collectors will instantly think of the famous set of Wills “Waterloo”, which was going to be issued to mark the centenary of the battle. Unfortunately World events intervened, and in 1915 a set showing how we conquered the French may not have gone down well with our Allies so the set was never issued.
There are lots of cards showing The Duke of Wellington, but we have gone for a less usual one, which comes from John Player “Ships Figureheads” the large size, where he is card no. 18, rather than the standard sized card, no.9, which is a completely different picture, different colouring, and faces the other way. Both cards tell us that Queen Victoria renamed the just launched “Windsor Castle” ship after him though.
For an even more unusual card, look at Taddy “Heraldry Series” (1913) card no.24 – this shows his armorial crest not his image at all.
PictureNovember 19 would have been Nancy Carroll’s birthday. This talented redhead only started her career after taking part in a talent show, as a dancer, after quitting her job as a typist. From there she went all the way to Broadway, and to her first film appearance in “Ladies Must Dress” (1927) where she played the friend of the leading lady. This led to a contract with Paramount Studios.  She was nominated for an Oscar in 1930, and was a fan favourite, in fact she reputedly received more mail than any other star, but despite this she was released from her contract in the mid 1930s and went back to Broadway. She also appeared on television. In the late 1950s she was enjoying great success, touring in a play she loved. One night she failed to turn up, and on investigation she had died, having a heart attack whilst getting ready to go out. She had been married three times but was buried with her parents in New York.
This card shows her red hair to good effect, it is Gallaher`s “Portraits of Famous Stars” (1935) card no.47 but she can also be found on many other cards. Two appear as part of an excellent biography by our friends at Immortal Ephemera, and you can see that at :

November 20 1947 was the Wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Lt. Philip Mountbatten in Westminster Abbey. Just ten years earlier, this card of Princess Elizabeth had been issued by J. Wix & Sons as part of their “Coronation” series. It was hoped that such a joyful event would make people forget they were still living under the restriction of rationing, but  if you have access to the list of wedding presents given to the happy couple you will immediately see how many people thought that a gift of sugar would be the most valuable present. In fact sugar did not come off ration until 1953. You can read more about that at  The Royal Wedding was broadcast live on the radio, but highlights appeared on television later that day, which led to neighbours all crowding into the home of the few people who had a set, or even watching it through electrical shop windows. Film of the event appears on YouTube, including an interesting unedited version running for just 18 minutes at

Well here is the news of last week…..
I have again been buying. Someone asked me recently when does someone know they have turned into a collector? I think that happy state is achieved when you get your first piece of paper and write on the top of it WANTS LIST. Or, for younger readers, type it into your mobile device. Now for those younger readers, let me tell you that many years ago dealers used to actually sell wants lists, small pieces of paper on which were numbers 1-50 and you physically wrote the set title at the top in pen and crossed the numbers out as you got them. The reason for this was that many collectors did not even have access to a typewriter to produce their own.
This year I seem to have quite unwittingly acquired a library. For many years I was content with my 2009 Murray Catalogue plus the original brown covered catalogue and handbook shown in our picture. They did stop at 1920, so I started looking for the blue ones, which I found on eBay in 2018, but remained happy with five books. It was only sliding into your web writing chair that started me off, as shortly after I saw a lot of 16 vintage checklists on eBay. I bid, but was beat. I kvetched to a few friends and one had a spare set, of the first 21, so we did a deal. My last buy was a “too cheap not to” bundle of magazines,(60 copies for £11 including post!), just to read, though I am currently waiting for the postie to deliver a bound volume to cross off my “Magazine Wants List”
Anyway if you have had some good finds lately do send us an image, as we intend to start a new section showing readers purchases. It is entirely up to the reader if they wish to show them anonymously, add their former forum name, or tell the world who they are and what they bought. We feel this will form a valuable guide to new collectors, as well as show them some of the real scarcities that they will not come across on other sites. 
and so to our Cards of the Week ….

Now because of our Hallowe’en coverage last weekend we uploaded our newsletter a day early – so the card for last FRIDAY was by Dunns of Banbury. Though they are untitled, the cards found so far show “Cricket”; however, though they were bought together by one of our readers, there is no guarantee that more are not out there. For who is to say that at a long distant fair, their previous owner only collected cricket, so left behind the cards of other sports that were also on the stand. I am not sure if this is Dunns Reliable Footwear, who were one of 70 different issuers, in 1916, of a set called “War Portraits”, these issuers were tobacco and trade, many of the latter being cinemas, plus an anonymous version presumably sold to companies not wishing to pay for the cost of personalised printing. Anyone out there know? 

SATURDAY would have been EVE-290 [trade : UK] Every Girl’s Paper “Film Stars” (A) (1924). Unfortunately the picture failed to load and I failed to notice until too late. Anyway it can still have its day in the sun here, and you can see a sample card and a listing at   More of a newspaper than a magazine this was aimed at young women and this series of film stars was issued one a week for seventeen weeks, they are slightly smaller than postcards and thinner. The actors and actresses included big names Wm. S Hart, Pearl White, Harold Lloyd and Tom Mix, as well as two rather obscure ones that I doubt anyone knows today – Milton Rosmer and Joan Morgan. In fact Milton Rosmer was an actor, a screenwriter and a director, who was in 67 films and television productions, and played himself twice –
As for Joan Morgan, I believe she first appeared in “The Cup Final Mystery” in 1914, but she did not transition to talking pictures, however rather than abandon the industry she became a screenwriter, moving to television in her later years. She also wrote novels. 

SUNDAY – E265-060 [Tobacco : UK]  Edwards, Ringer & Bigg Easter Manoeuvres of our Volunteers (1897). This is a set of three very odd cards, they are un-numbered, but titled “The Attacking Force”, “The Defending Force”, and “The Battle”. Note the spelling of Manoeuvres” with the “O” and “E” joined together, read more about this system at  This is not my military era, so if anyone does know if this was based on an actual event. please tell us? 
PictureMONDAY – EDM-1 [trade : UK] Jonathan Edmondson & Co, Liverpool ‘Aeroplane Models’ (A) (1939), just four known “Boulton Paul Defiant”, “Fighter Aircraft Hangar”, “Hawker Hurricane”, “Supermarine Spitfire”. Two questions arise from this. The first is how could you fold a card in such a way to make a hangar and fit an aeroplane inside; even making a Quonset style hut by bringing the short edges together would make the hangar too small. The second, more intriguing question is why they selected the Boulton Paul Defiant, which tried to solve a problem by being a two person fighter, one would purely fly the aeroplane whilst the other would sit in a gunnery turret behind them and fire the weapons. Unfortunately these guns only pointed towards the tail, not forward, so the craft was rather a sitting duck for any enemy approaching from the front. After heavy losses it was given another go as a night fighter, as which it did slightly better because once blackened out it was less easy to spot.
I do wonder if some part of the aeroplane might not have been built at the Edmondson`s factory, turned over to war work, though the bulk of the Boulton Paul Defiant was built at Wolverhampton.
Edmondson had previously (1936) also issued twelve similar construction models to be folded and glued, these were called “Woodbine Village”, there were two different trees, a church, six different houses including one half timbered, a garage offering “overhauls and repairs”, and two shops, one called “The Stores” and one, charmingly, carrying a sign with “Edmondson’s Sweets”, and which can be found with a red or greeny brown roof. However as Edmondson were wholesale and export confectioners, we doubt there would have been any sweet shops bearing their name. Unless our readers know different ? Why it was called Woodbine Village was because one of Edmondson’s brands was called Sweet Woodbines, these presumably being sweet cigarettes; and in the hope of jogging some memories, their other brands included Chocolate Toffee, Cream Butter Drops, Fruit Bon Bons, Swiss Milk Shapes, and Trench Cigarettes. In the new trade index there appears notice of a large sized advertisement card (130×96) which shows a constructed model village. Does anyone have one of these they would like to scan so I can show our readers?

The letter “E” was not very fruitful and I did not have many cards to hand, I even asked about with no success – strangely, considering it is a vowel. So we moved on when it came to TUESDAY – and started the letter “F” with, what else but Faulkner….

This card is F150-180 [tobacco : UK] Faulkner ‘Military Terms’ (A) (1899), issued in two series, the first being also issued by Carrick in 1900, and the second solely by Faulkner. The image is very amusing, and the soldier is obviously wishing he was back at the battlefront.
The C.B. on the title is unknown to me, but in a list of military acronyms the only one which seems to fit this is “Career Break”, mind you, thinking of the output of small babies, “Chemical and Biological” might well fit, though that is a more modern term, and entirely due to the “advancements” in military warfare. 
WEDNESDAY – a spot of 1930s smokiana for you, this is a vintage Imperial Tobacco Franklyn’s Cutty Shagg tin, which originally held a set of metal dominoes. Each domino had ‘Franklyn’s Cutty Shagg is always good’ on it, so if you see a tin being sold as complete do check this. Tin dominoes were often moulded in two halves, the bottom being the base and sides, and the top being the top and sides, slightly larger, so as to slide down the sides of the bottom and form a unit. Maybe you can see at  And look at

THURSDAY – this is Frozen Desserts Inc. “Bird Pictures” which has the reference number of USA/F68. This immediately tells us two things, firstly that it is American, and secondly that it belongs to the so called F-Cards section (this being “Food – Ice Cream and Dairy”) of a book called “The American Card Catalog: The Standard Guide on All Collected Cards and Their Values”. Now this is a reference book for American cards, written by Jefferson Burdick, and it has a top dateline of 1951, so this set must have been issued some time before then.
Frozen Desserts, Inc. was based in Fort Worth in Texas and it ceased operating in 1999. Apparently there looks like several series of these cards were issued, as I have found references to vari-backed cards, to them being printed on thin and thick card, and to some of the names of the birds being the same, but the pictures being different.  Maybe a collector out there can pass on the info? 


FRY-day – yes, ghastly pun time but this is FRY-390 [trade : UK] J.S. Fry & Sons’ “Time and Money in Different Countries” (1908) It is a really attractive set, each card following this system of having a native portrait, a clock showing the time in that region when it is noon at Greenwich, and a coin of the realm, together with the current exchange rate. And finding that out must have been quite an undertaking without the internet to help!
This set was also issued overseas, actually in Australia, and not by Fry. In fact it was issued by W.D. & H.O. Wills (and a year earlier than the Fry version) in 1907 with “Capstan”, “Havelock” and “Vice Regal” brands; in addition the “Vice Regal” printing can be found with and without an album clause on the back. There is also a curious Wills version where the album clause is 4mm longer and the typefaces slightly different, not all numbers have yet been found in this printing but that is thought to have been issued overseas.
It was also issued in the UK by Wills in 1908 – and in October 1923 by F. & J. Smith, whose cards had a different title, “Nations of the World“. 


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