october 1717th October 2020 by webspinner
Welcome to another week in the Card-World
Now you may not have heard of Ms Sedgwick, but she was a Serial Queen back in the days when movies may have been silent but every bit as emotional and thrilling. The serial, for those too young to remember, was a part work of short films that always ended with a cliff hanger, sometimes literally, and the audience would have to go home and wait all week to find out whether their star would manage to get away. Of course they did – that rapidly approaching train would not move an inch for all that time, giving our hero or heroine lots of thinking time on how to release the chains that tied them to the track.
The best known serial actress today is Pathe’s Pearl White, but equally talented was Universal Studios’ Eileen Sedgwick; one of the Five Sedgwicks of Texas, her father and mother being vaudeville stars, her brother a director of many Buster Keaton movies, and Eileen and her sister Josie both being film actresses. Read her mini biography at : https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0781293/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm
October 18 took us a while to track down a link that we liked. In 1851, it was the original publishing date of a book called “The Whale” which would eventually find fame under the title of “Moby Dick”. Ogden’s issued a whole set on the grisly business of “Whaling” in 1927 (which was also issued by B.A.T. in 1930), but still such a thing is not to my liking. Its also National Chocolate Cupcake Day but try finding a card of a cupcake, though we just have in the “Shopkins” series : https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/6yUAAOSwCkZZQX8S/s-l300.jpg . Anyway, lets go for October 18 1922 when the British Broadcasting Company was founded, with the intention to link an array of transmitters nationwide and bring radio to the masses. This would be useful in times of national emergency, and could also provide some educational broadcasts. And that was the birth of the BBC. Though it did change its name subsequently from Company to Consortium. This card shows one of Marconi`s steam powered wireless telegraph motor cars from about twenty years earlier. However this is not just a casual link to wireless – without Marconi there would have been no BBC; he was not only instrumental in establishing it, but designed their microphones and other recording equipment, have a look at : http://www.orbem.co.uk/tapes/ms.htm If you are interested in Marconi, you must look at the super selection of archive film that is available at : https://www.marconi-veterans.org/
October 19th is Oxfordshire Day. While we don’t currently have an Oxford Branch it was covered in the area that used to belong to our Chiltern Branch. And you can read about them at : Chiltern Branch If anyone has any other info on them, please let us know. Or on any of our branches, which can all be found at Calling All Branch Users
Now Oxford itself is primarily known as a college area, and perhaps some of us even attended? For cards, Wills large sized set of “Arms of Oxford and Cambridge Colleges” (1922) immediately springs to mind, a rather old fashioned set, dare I say, with those white backgrounds though the gilding is rather nifty. They are hard to find in perfect white though! have a look at one at http://www.heraldry-wiki.com/heraldrywiki/images/8/8f/Oxford.woc.jpg
To others of us, we think first of the Morris Oxford, a nippy little runabout https://i.pinimg.com/originals/0f/64/bc/0f64bc90b66b9cdff4f038405dfc2fac.jpg – though the Morris Oxford name had a very long “car”eer and many different re-in”car”nations – check out https://tractors.fandom.com/wiki/Morris_Oxford – must be all those late nights, I appear to have a penchant for puns this week!
October 21 is Trafalgar Day, the celebration of a great victory over the combined French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar, which was won by the Royal Navy, under command of Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson. Nelson is the subject of many sets, including the W.D. & H.O. Wills “Nelson Series” (1905) which even shows artefacts used by him like his gold knife and fork, watch, dirk and, showing here, telescope https://live.staticflickr.com/4001/4284623071_413e123128.jpg
SATURDAY – F & J Smith “Champions of Sport” red, multibacked series (1902). Now regular readers of this newsletter will know that F & J Smith was in Glasgow, Scotland. So this is fellow Scotsman Thomas “Tom” Robertson, who played halfback (or midfield – as halfback is now more commonly associated with the game of American football) for several teams, most notably his final club The Queens Park Football Club.
After his retirement in 1892 he became a referee, then President of the whole Scottish Football League. Strangely, Queens Park was one of the original eight teams that formed that league in 1873.
We have to wonder why he is featured here in 1902? Does any footballing fan know of an important match that he would have attended at that time to bring him to the attention of Smith, or was the set delayed for ten years?
You can find out more information at https://www.electricscotland.com/history/sport/football/chapter62.htm
Overseas they were issued by A.T.C. (1900 – as we show here – found with a green net or a typeset back) and British American Tobacco (1903); all these are by far the cheapest to buy. The set was reportedly also issued by Henrique Bastos in Brazil but those are so rare they do not even appear in dealers catalogues.
MONDAY – ABF-3 [trade : UK] A & B.C. Gum “Battle Series” (1966) – many interesting cards were issued by this company. This one, a history of warfare, fell foul of the censor and four cards were withdrawn. The card numbers were 32, 39, 42, and 44. As the last card in the series was a checklist with all cards listed, the original version of that also had to be withdrawn and replaced with an amended one with empty lines where the offending cards had been.
TUESDAY – A065-440 [tobacco : UK] Abdulla & Co. Ltd “Feathered Friends” (1935). Abdulla was established in London around 1902 by Col. Beddington. This set is most attractive with the gold borders, and silver is also used to good effect. The set had already been issued by Cavanders twice in 1926, one version being absolutely identical but entitled “Foreign Birds”, and by Godfrey Phillips in 1928. There was also a German Abdulla branch which was liquidated in 1934, from which some very attractive sets originated, lengthy ones too – look for “Abdulla Autobilder” (motor car pictures) https://i.hood.de/fit-in/3000×3000/images/5427/54276997.jpg which was issued in two series each of 100 cards, and here is one of the albums http://www.thecarburetorshop.com/AutomobilecardsGermany_files/image006.jpg
Another set “Im Auto mit Abdulla durch die Welt” which contains 160 cards depicting a World tour by automobile can be seen at : https://picclick.de/Im-Auto-mit-Abdulla-durch-die-Welt-223465006600.html
Their “coats of arms of countries, provinces and towns” extends to 380 cards if you count all the series as one set, and some collectors believe “Wappenkarten” belongs with it, adding another 80 cards! They did issue a short military set, just 50 cards entitled “Soldatenbilder” (pictures of the soldiers of the European Armies of today) and here is the album for that http://sammelbilder-web.de/mediac/450_0/media/Enver2.jpg Military collectors should also look out for three cards that were sent out to troops as part of parcels. Though only three designs were produced in this small sized form, they, and others were produced as art plates and sold to raise funds.
WEDNESDAY – [trade : UK] Amalgamated ‘Sportsmen’ (A)(1922) these lovely cards were presented with boys’ magazines. You can read more about those at : https://cartophilic-info-exch.blogspot.com/2018/05/amalgamated-press-champion-picture.html This card is number 1, and shows Georges Carpentier, who was a boxer, a First World War pilot, winning the Croix de Guerre and Médaille Militaire, and a film star.
He was on cigarette cards as a boxer Churchman “Boxing Personalities” https://africanring.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/GEORGES-CARPENTIER-CHURCHMANS-CIGARETTES.jpg –
and as a film star – Edwards Ringer & Bigg “Cinema Stars” (1922) https://live.staticflickr.com/3571/3933116901_e37186461b_b.jpg –
and he was a good friend of Charlie Chaplin, here they are outside Claridges, in non film star attire https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Georges_Carpentier,_Charlie_Chaplin,_1921.jpg
For a boxing biography, read https://boxrec.com/media/index.php/Georges_Carpentier – the rest is admirably covered in https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0139499/ He lived until the 1970s.
THURSDAY – [tobacco: OS] African Tobacco Manufacturing (South Africa) “Types of Seashells” (1928). A rather uninspiring image, but I hoped it perhaps contain a pearl, as it might be some kind of an oyster? Sadly not, its a mussel. But not so sad, as it turns out they are pretty neat as well – check out this tribute with lots of fascinating facts https://www.mussel-inn.com/seafood-facts/amazing-facts-about-mussels/
This is not a card at all, it is still a branch of cartophily, but it is what is known as a silk, yes, its actual silk woven into card shape and sometimes, but not always, coming with a paper backing. And if you want to learn about silks, we sell excellent reference books; click the link to our bookshop and have a good look around.
FRIDAY – ANF-4 Anglo Confectionery “Joe 90” (1968). Part of Anglo-American Chewing Gum Ltd of Halifax, Anglo Confectionery had only issued five sets when our original Trade Index was published in 1969, but they kept issuing cards from until 1974. “The Horse” was an equine set of 66 cards was issued in 1966 with Chewing Gum and became the first set issued with the confectionery, followed by Space, and Tarzan the following year. The Beatles Yellow Submarine, Joe 90 and Captain Scarlet were issued in 1968. Look out for “World Cup 1970” and a very unusual set of “The New James Bond 007” issued the same year.
Their most valuable set is “Walt Disney Characters” from 1971. Tarzan, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, and Joe 90 had sectional backs that made up a larger picture. To read about Anglo Confectionery, go to www.toffeetown.org.uk or https://www.doyouremember.co.uk/memory/anglo-bubble-gum
Now if you are anything like me the one question you need answered is where are the figures now. So check out http://www.bigrat.co.uk/characters/wherenow.html and if you want to buy one, yes seriously, speed swiftly to http://www.thepropgallery.com/professor-ian-mcclaine
And sadly, that`s all for another week. Or this will upload without me finishing! And if I tinker after hours our regular early birds miss out on the finished article. 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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