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november 21

 – welcome to another week of “NOTES AND NEWS”  – 

Well we are nearly at the end of our latest lockdown, and nearly at Christmas. We are looking forward to both these events, even though our festive frolics may be slightly different ….

Anyway we hope that all our readers had a good week, and found things to amuse them in their isolation, as well as perhaps a few things to buy, but more about that later….

And so let us begin with our regular round up of things to think about and maybe to take part in over the next week. Dont forget if anyone reading this knows of a forthcoming cartophilic event, or wonders if there were any cards issued about an event they celebrate, just get in touch at

PictureLets start with something Christmassy, because November 21 is National Gingerbread Cookie Day. And as it says on the fun and fascinating website this is the perfect time for making gingerbread, why it even gives you a recipe. Of course gingerbread appears on cards, and here it is, on the large size version of John Player’s “Cries of London” (1912) card no.4. The inscription to the front border is “hot spice gingerbread smoking hot”, and the back tells us that “Hot Spiced Gingerbread … was sold in flat oblong cakes at one halfpenny each” surely the perfect description of a cookie. It also tells you that gingerbread was only sold in Winter. This set takes its idea from a series of original paintings by Francis Wheatley R.A. and you can read about him, plus see him, at :   And you can see an original engraving from the year 1796 at

PictureNow November 22 1977 saw the first day of Concorde’s scheduled service from Paris and London to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport. The first commercial Concorde flight had been almost two years earlier, in January 1976, but American regulations had prevented any flights until May 1977, and it was not until these regulations were challenged and overturned that service to New York could begin. And the first Concorde to land in New York was actually with Air France, not British Airways. Whatever you think of air travel ecologically there is no denying that Concorde was a beautiful aircraft with her streamlined nose and delta wings.
Brooke Bond Tea has two Concorde cards in its output, and both are completely different – card no.48 of “Queen Elizabeth I – Queen Elizabeth II” (1982) is a photographic image which does her no justice, she is just plopped in the middle of a plain sky which to me looks like a blue screen waiting for something to be added electronically – however their earlier card, no.46 from “History of Aviation” (1978) is much more visually pleasing, its an artist’s impression, with her contrails sliding off to join the clouds below. You might not believe it, but she also appears on proper cigarette cards, thanks to a shortlived revival of cards in the 1980s and 1990s; these were issued by W.D. & H.O. Wills in their “Embassy” and “Castella” brands. The sets are Embassy “World of Speed” (1981) as shown here (many thanks to one of our regular readers) – and Castella “British Aviation” (1994). Six of the Castella cards, including that of Concorde, were also re-used on beer mats, they are not easy to house in modern albums, but they are great fun, and still reasonably inexpensive. Whilst beer mats are not strictly cartophilic, the Castella name makes them appealing to many cigarette card collectors and technically they are advertising or “trade” cards as well, especially as they were given away rather than sold, though perhaps “slipped into a pocket off a pub table” might be more truthful than “given away”. 

PictureNovember 23 is National Espresso Day. So excuse me whilst I drink a bit more of mine. Our card is W.D. & H.O. Wills “Old Silver” first series (1924) card no.11, which shows a coffee pot by famous silversmith Paul Lamerie. I thought I would have been able to find lots of coffee cards, but tea was more popular over here, and I could only find Charter Tea and Coffee Ltd, who issued first and second series` of “Strange But True”, and “Transport through the Ages” in 1961, and “Prehistoric Animals” in 1962. There are lots in in Europe and America – Lavazza of Italy produced many series of a similar style to Liebig but they seldom appear in catalogues. And check out – this great website of  Arbuckle Coffee Co. from the USA  shows lots of cards issued before the turn of the last century, covering such subjects as an atlas of America, cookery, other nations, sport, and a satire series of so called jokes and humour, most of which have dated badly. Or maybe, hopefully, we have just become more humankind.

Its also Boris Karloff`s birthday on November 23, so hit while you still can, as our off world Hallowe’en pages will soon be going back into the mists of time to make way for our forthcoming Christmas celebrations.

November 24 is National Sardines Day. Actually the Sardine is not a breed of fish, it is “simply an immature pilchard”, so I thought it would be impossible to find them on cards; I was, luckily, wrong. By the way, an immature pilchard is rather a fun phrase, it suggests to me that it swims round making faces and rude gestures at the other fish, with them all yelling “Oh Grow Up” back at it.
Our featured card is by Duke, because we had no cards of sardines to scan. But   shows three identical fronts with different issuers, Sweet Caporal “Fish Series” (1910), American Tobacco Co (1902)and Allen and Ginter (1889) “Fish from American Waters” – not sure if the sardine really counts as a “Fish From American Waters” but I do like the way that the Allen and Ginter card says “You will catch one in a box of Twenty/ RICHMOND STRAIGHT CUT No 1 CIGARETTES” . The same site also has another card by British American Tobacco from “Here There and Everywhere” (1929)  And you can see a proper pilchard in John Player`s “Sea Fishes” card no.12 – which is the source that provided the wording for all my former fun about immaturity. By the way, there is actually a Sardine Society, or to give them their full name, The Society for the Appreciation of the Lowly Sardine –  – and it even shows one of the cards mentioned above 

November 25 is National Jukebox Day – its always the day before Thanksgiving. We have been unable to find an actual card of a jukebox, but Topps did issue virtual cards where the surround of the image is shaped like the neon strips that you used to find on jukeboxes. These cards were issued for the 2018/2019 season and can only be collected online, once you had acquired yourself a Topps Skate Digital Card Trader Account user ID.

The world of the digital card, traded online, and never able to be put in a proper album in your den is a whole new world to most of us, and its a far cry from the days of this lovely nostalgic talkie cigarette card for your gramophone – but you can see one of the strange new-fangled virtual cards at  and who knows, you might become a collector!

November 26 Thanksgiving and more recently, thankfully, Turkey Free Thanksgiving – always the Fourth Thursday in November, and now mostly famous for Black Friday which is the following Day. However the idea behind Thanksgiving is a good one. We will not expand as we intend to have a Thanksgiving Day special event, so watch the front page of our website on that day. ..

November 27 marks a sad day for us as it was the date of the death of one of our former Presidents, Mr. E.G. Knight, in 2005. Better known as “Ted”, he was involved with the Cameric Club first, then joined our Council in 1960, also being new issues editor of our “Cartophilic Notes and News” magazine for many years, and he was always willing to help out as a temporary porter for our physical auctions. He eventually became our Vice President, and moved into the Presidential Chair after the death of Edward Wharton-Tigar in 1995. Mr. Knight retired from the council in 2000, just after our Annual General Meeting and Card Convention in Watford, and that is why he appeared on the special commemorative card shown here. As a footnote, he was delighted when an enlarged and framed picture of this image was presented to him after the Annual General Meeting had taken place. 
If he is looking down on us today, I do hope that he approves of all that we are doing to take the Society forward into the future, whilst always remembering our friends from our past.

Now if you are reading this in Lancashire, happy County Day. Lancashire Branch has a long history, which you can read of HERE. I am currently writing about one of the former secretaries, Mr. Cyril Marsden, who was Secretary of the Cameric Club`s Lancashire Branch; this ran until 1964, it was the first Branch outside London. On merging the Cameric Club and the Cartophilic Society, Lancashire Branch became our North West Branch with many of the same personalities staying on, but it became slightly more centralised around Blackpool. And if you have any memories of Mr. Marsden, please contact us. 

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Now I have been very impressed with my recent magazine purchases and I have another volume in the post, this is the London Cigarette Card Company`s “Cigarette Card News” from 1938 and 1939. In weeks to come I hope to entertain you with a few humorous and educational snippets from various early magazines as I read through them.

I have already noticed something that took place a lot more in the early days, though it did stop during wartime, and this was a scheme where card traders and dealers offered special discounts to members of the Cartophilic Society. It seems to me this would perhaps lead to a bit more business for our dealers, who currently have no fairs or branch meetings to sell at, and whose shops and units have had to be closed, and also make up to our members for those outlets being closed to them. So if you are a dealer who would like to take part, please contact us, and we will see if we can work out a way for this to start up again in some form…

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And so to our cards of last week, when, to paraphrase “Sesame Street”, we were brought to you by the letter “G”. It was a bit trade heavy, and I ran out of days before I ran out of cards which was rather fun, so I never got to show you that lovely Golden Age “Land Rover”. Never mind, you can see it HERE.


SATURDAY : G075-400 [tobacco : UK] Gallaher “Footballers in Action” (1928) card no.25. This shows The King shaking hands with Arsenal Football Club, at the Cup Final at Wembley in 1927. Their opponents were Cardiff City Football Club, who actually won, with the only goal scored by Hughie Ferguson, who appears in F & J Smith`s “Footballers“. Two major football firsts are associated with this game; it was the first ever Cup Final to be broadcast on BBC Radio; and Cardiff City became the first non English team to win the F.A. Cup. Watch it at :

SUNDAY : G600-140 : N166 : USA/502 [tobacco : OS] Goodwin & Company (U.S.A.) ‘Occupations for Women’ (A) (1887). This set of fifty un-numbered cards have silver backgrounds on the fronts, and the backs say they were issued with Old Judge and Dogs Head Cigarettes, and that Goodwin had branches in New York and London. Identical cards were issued by American Eagle, and we do mean identical as they just pasted paper with their details over the entire back of the Goodwin cards. They were also issued by Wm.G Hills with “Orphan Boy” brand. The same set was issued with gold backgrounds by Co.Cigarerra Mexico, and their cards were numbered. Twenty four of the cards were issued separately with vari-colour backgrounds as a set by Cope, Cameron and Cameron, and Frishmuth with their “Luxury Fine Cut” brand. As there is no set title given, an early alternative title was `Occupations for Ladies`, but both agree each card shows a woman in a costume associated with a job, some of which would have been quite impossible and unseemly at that time for women to actually do in real life. Even this card of a cyclist would have then been seen as pure fantasy to some men, because although the first ever women’s bicycling race had been held in Bordeaux in France in 1868, twenty years later when these cards were produced, many men, and doctors, still remained opposed to women riding bicycles, saying it would be damaging to female health, but really wanting to prevent feminine freedom. You can read more at

Cigarette CardMONDAY ; G040-550 : N122 : USA/122b [tobacco : OS] G.W. Gail & Ax (USA) ‘Novelties’ (A) (1899) . These twenty-five large sized shaped ‘cards’ are unnumbered and untitled and are variously described by the phrases “girl on object”, “girl diecut”, or just “diecut”. They vary in size depending on the object. This tennis racquet (?) looks rather odd as the handle is far shorter than the net end, or was that done in the hope it would be less flimsy?  These cards are for the Navy Long Cut brand, but the same images were also issued by Duke, Sons and Co. with branding for Honest Long Cut Tobacco, and oddly they were issued in the same year. The Gail and Ax cards were definitely printed before 1891, as was another die cut set showing lighthouses, and all of their photographic cards; and we know this because in 1891 the company was taken over by American Tobacco Co, and subsequent issues mention that company on the cards. 
You can read a lot more about Gail and Ax at

Gum Inc. (1942) ‘War Gum’ (USA/R164)

TUESDAY : USA/R164  [trade : OS] Gum Inc. (Philadelphia USA) ‘War Gum’ (1942) card no.35. This really well drawn card shows war hero Major Thomas John Trapnell in the act of winning his Distinguished Service Cross on 22nd December 1941. For details of the engagement for which he won the D.F.C., and all his other gallantry and service medals, click on  

There is a very intriguing connection to this story at



WEDNESDAY : Glengettie Tea [trade : UK] “The British Army 1815” (1976) card no.14.  These do not have an official CSGB reference code yet because they are too late for our current trade indexes, which stop at 1970. However we do know that their backs can be found in either black or blue, just like the company`s sets of “Medals of the World” and “Modern Transport”. To see a sample of all the sets go to  
You can see the rest of this set at 
This card shows the 52nd (or Oxfordshire) Regiment of Foot (Light Infantry). We do not know the significance of the Fox Inn, and it is not mentioned on the reverse of the card.
Glengettie Tea was specially blended for Welsh tea drinkers, and the boxes still have English and Welsh bi-lingualwording. The brand was formerly owned by Lloyd Pigott & Co. Ltd who were in business for two centuries (1760-1960) but the brand is currently owned by Typhoo Tea Ltd., though it keeps a separate website at


 THURSDAY : GRA-230 [trade : UK] Granose Foods Ltd “World Wide Visits” (1957) thick cards, unbordered, with each backs being captioned in two to seven languages depending on the printing. This is one of eight subgroups of 16 cards that make up a set which appears in catalogues as ‘A Series of General Interest’ though the cards themselves are untitled. Note the aeroplane flying past, and that the van is in B.O.A.C. livery. 
Granose Foods have a very interesting history and were associated heavily with the Seventh Day Adventist movement. After their original food factory in Redhill burned down in 1900 they created an all purpose facility in Watford. More details and much reading can be found at  and at  which has archive photos of the complex

PictureFRIDAY : GRA-130 [trade : UK] Granger’s “Dr Mabuse” (1926) twelve numbered cards given away by cinemas to promote a German film by Fritz Lang starring Rudolf Klein-Rogge. This first one seems to be the most likely one you will find, but the rest of the series are either similar portraits of Dr. Mabuse disguised, or though they are even scarcer, stills from the film. Dr. Mabuse was not only a master of disguise but he could hypnotise people into doing his bidding and into doing criminal acts. The first film, Dr. Mabuse the Gambler, was released in two parts a month apart. Ten years later the second film The Testament of Dr. Mabuse was released, also starring Rudolf-Klein Rogge, even though in those intervening years the screen writer Thea von Harbou had divorced him and married the director. She has also written a book and screenplay for the still much acclaimed “Metropolis”, in which her ex-husband also had a major role as the chief villain. When Adolf Hitler came to power the Mabuse films were banned. In 1960 a new film “The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse” was released and that led to several new films, including one in 2013. 

And that, readers, is all for this week. But whatever time you are reading, thanks for dropping by and see you next week, same spot on the dial, as they used to say.

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