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september 11

The News of Our World 

Greetings to all our readers. Well another week has been crossed off our calendar, or, with all this talk of lockdowns and curfews, should that read our demob chart? For the benefit of all our young readers, this was a chart you hung on your barracks wall and daily crossed off the days to your eventual and much awaited demobilization, i.e. when your time in the forces would at last come to an end.

Churchman “Kings of Speed” (1939) card no. 45

Anyway lets start our reminiscing with September 12 1913 – this was the birthdate of J.C. Owens, in Oakville, Alabama. A mishearing by a teacher led to him gaining a new name, and as Jesse Owens he became the fastest man on earth, winning four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics; namely the 100m, 200m, 4x100m, and long jump. It should have come as no surprise how fast he was, as just a year earlier, he had set three world records in under an hour for Ohio State University. Sadly on return from the Olympics life did not live up to expectations, as it seldom does; at one point he was part of the fairground circuit, racing horses for money. You can read his biography at and

He appears on several cigarette and trade cards, we feature C504-560 [WTI] ; Churchman “Kings of Speed” (1939) no.45, but also look out for him in Brooke Bond “Olympic Greats” (1979) no.4, (remember the 1988 reprint have black backs, not green). Often cited as the most attractive card of him is Ogdens “Champions of Sport” (1936) no.3 – – and it is also credited to be the earliest standard sized, English language, polychrome card. What is not mentioned is that the picture is almost the same as card 32 of the German language, monochrome Reemstma set “Olympia 1936” [Berlin Olympics], also issued in 1936. See for yourself at

September 13 is Roald Dahl Day, and also his birthday. If you never read Roald Dahl, don’t believe anyone who tells you he is just for children, in fact some of his darker stories are quite adult reading. He also wrote screenplays for film, television, and stage musicals, and two incredible autobiographies, one about his boyhood and one about his service life in WW2. He was partially Norwegian, and was named for explorer Roald Amundsen, which was hoped to give him courage. His books show that this was much needed, as during his time in the RAF he received terrible injuries in a desert crash-landing, but due to the skill of the local medics, and a lot of luck, he survived, not only survived, he was back in action within six months, fighting in the Battle of Athens. In 1953 he married the very glamorous American actress, Patricia Neal, with whom he had five children. Sadly, one of his daughters, Olivia, died of measles. He could never reconcile how he had been so badly injured but recovered, and his beloved daughter had died of a simple childhood disease. He wrote the most amazing open letter to the press, begging all parents to get their children immunized. You can read it at His memory, and part of Olivia`s, still lives on, not only in his books but in The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden where he lived until his death in 1990, and in a charity foundation run by his second wife. He did not appear on cards, but his characters did; in 1994, Top Trumps issued a set of collectable playing cards entitled “The World Of Roald Dahl” –
And a set of ninety cards were issued Artbox Entertainment in 2005, at the time of the release of the Johnny Depp version of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, previously filmed with Gene Wilder in the Willy Wonka role. To view those cards, check out the Trading Card Database here :
Road Dahl was very fond of chocolate and was a bit of a chocolate historian.
He said it all stemmed from the time that boys at his school were asked to test chocolates for the local manufacturer. I will try and research who this was. Added with seconds to spare …. Ha! I have found it, it was Cadbury.
Patricia Neal also appears on cards, notably this blank backed Dutch Gum card from 1954

September 14, 1909 was the birthday of Peter Scott, or more correctly, Sir Peter Markham Scott, CH, CBE, DSC & Bar, FRS, FZS. From a young age he was interested in all wildlife, but especially birds, and became a talented natural history painter, establishing the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge in 1946 and helping start the World Wildlife Fund, in fact their logo was designed by him. He much enjoyed the sea, was part of the UK sailing team for the 1936 Summer Olympics, taking bronze, and followed his father into the Navy, serving during WW2 in The Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, in the North Atlantic and then as part of the Steam Gunboat Squadron in the English Channel.  In 1963 he illustrated and described Brooke Bond Tea’s latest set of “Wildlife In Danger”, issued in the United Kingdom and in Rhodesia a year later, this was a set highlighting animals facing extinction by a variety of natural and man made factors. The album shows his name
and he is also pictured on the special wallchart, middle centre, with his dedication and signature beneath Their 1988 set of “Vanishing Wildlife” were also issued in conjunction with the World Wildlife Fund

Cadbury Antarctic Series

Cadbury “Antarctic Series”

We mentioned his father, briefly, but he was Antarctic explorer and Naval Officer Robert Falcon Scott. Coincidentally, Brooke Bond`s “Famous People” (1969), no.26 actually shows Robert Falcon Scott . He is also on Boguslavsky`s “Sports Records” 2nd series, card no.42 “Furthest South Pole Expedition”, and in a lot of Players Polar Exploration 2nd series (1916) a card from which may be viewed at The first series features earlier expeditions card including Roald Amundsen. The one we show is by Cadbury, who sponsored the expedition and supplied chocolate as part of the rations – but he also appeared on poster advertising for Fry`s. 

Boguslavsky became a branch of Carreras in 1913. This question was posed some time ago and I cant remember why! But with again seconds to spare it was in connection with proposed reference books, one of which was Carreras and Boguslavsky and I wondered why the two had been linked together.

Brooke Bond “History of Aviation” (1972) Card No.26

September 15 is Battle of Britain Day: the climax of the Battle of Britain, in 1940, or more correctly, the day the Royal Air Force prevented another major Luftwaffe attack, and only lost 29 aircraft, less than half of the German losses. A & BC Gum issued an entire set of 66 cards featuring “The Battle of Britain” in 1969 but this is not actual footage, it is scenes from the film of that year directed by Guy Hamilton, and starring Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, and a galaxy of other stars, in addition, perhaps to avoid royalties, most of the cards show aircraft or scenery, rather than the human stars. Mind you as they credit “Spitfire Productions” perhaps it was the aeroplanes that the makers found most interesting. A & BC Gum also featured a thrilling artists impression of The Battle of Britain as card 59 of “Battle Cards. For facts, go to either or   I have to wonder at this point, did we win the war just to lose the planet? A timely thought, as that same day is also Greenpeace Day. Go to to read about their dreams, and how they use often risky, usually small scale protests to make a huge noise in an attempt to keep us posted about governmental and big business threats to what should be a peaceful, caring, clean and unpolluted world.

Huntley and Palmers

September 16 (1888) was the birthday of W. O. Bentley, race car driver and founder of Bentley Motors; they produced upmarket vehicles, just one of which appears on this John Player “Motor Cars” 2nd series (1936) No.7
Those early years of speed must have been fascinating, where records were being broken on a continual basis, on land, sea and air. Bentley was also involved and he ran a team of record breaking drivers called “The Bentley Boys”, and one of them was Sir Henry “Tim” Birkin, whose remastered Bentley Blower No.1 set the 1931 Land Speed Record. The “blower” referred to the supercharger; in fact a few days ago news was announced of a new “Bentley Blower”, read it here
Birkin was described as “the greatest Briton of his time” by Bentley. See Mobil “Grand Prix Motor Racing” (1971) No.14 – The car was huge, sturdy, and even completed a race after catching fire; it was known as The Brooklands Battleship by some, and “the world’s fastest lorry” by Ettore Bugatti. It  sold for £5,042,000 in 2012 at an auction run by Bonhams as part of the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
John Cobb was born at Esher near Brooklands. His first speed record was 143.44 mph in October 1935, thus overtaking Birkin. He returned to Bonneville salt flats in 1947, where on 16 September (W.O. Bentley`s birthday) he beat his own 1939 World Land Speed Record by reaching at least 394.19 mph (one one of the runs he went faster, over 400 mph). This gained him the title, at least in the papers, of “The Fastest Man Alive”. His record was not beaten until 1963, by American Craig Breedlove. John Cobb is in Churchmans Kings of Speed, (no.12) as well as Ardath “Speed – Land Sea Air” (1935) No.33
– and Pattreiouex “Sporting Events & Stars” (1935) no.64 – the text of which says as of April 1934, he also holds the lap record at Brooklands (139.71 mph). In fact the image used for Wills “Speed” (1938) card no.19, shows the banking.

A. & B. C. Gum (1966) ‘Batman’ (Pink Back, No Panel)

September 17 – Batman Day – springs from an event organised by DC Comics / DC Entertainment on September 17, 2013 to celebrate and promote Batman. However the first Batman Day was July 23, 2014, which was the date of the San Diego Comic-Con, and also supposedly the 75th anniversary of Batman`s first appearance in a “Detective Comic”, but we have researched this and the issue was number 37, dated May 1939. You can see the cover at However after that Batman Day has been the third Saturday in September.   Lego is also taking part – at
Batman cards issued these days by the likes of Topps and Skybox seem to celebrate his more violent nature; for a gentler Batman, when simply filling the screen with the word “POW” was enough, we must return to A & BC Gum, whose images feature the wholesome and inoffensive 1960s tv version made famous by Adam West as the Caped Crusader. You can read about that at

The third Friday in September is National POW/MIA Recognition Day was introduced during the 1970s for the Vietnam War. It was an attempt to ensure people, and governments did not forget those who simply never came home from the war. The initials stand for Prisoner Of War and Missing In Action. If a member of the armed forces was known to have been killed, or appeared on registers taken at internment camps, then letters could be sent out to their families waiting back home. But if they went out and never returned, especially from solo raiding and wire patching sorties, they could not be counted as K.I.A. in case they later turned up. Towards the end of most wars there is a strange short period where some come home and some do not, but many families never give up; they can console themselves that maybe their unmarried son found a local girl and stayed behind, but they never know for sure. And memories are long; on Armistice Day many crosses and wreaths are still laid for family members who went missing in WW1. It is unrealistic that they are still alive, but it is a hope, if not a plea, that someone may see the name and give information which will lay the body and the ghost to rest. Read the full story at
– while tries to total the facts, but it is unlikely we will ever know how many of the armed forces disappeared, let alone the civilians.


We are currently experimenting with captioning our illustrations. This is our latest system…
B359-200 [our reference number] : WTI or BTI [the World Tobacco Index – or The British Trade Index, our reference books in which more information appears): Bewlay & Co. Ltd [the issuer] “Bewlay’s War Series of 25 Copyright Pictures” [the set title, followed by (A) if the title does not appear on the cards] (1916) [date of issue] No.21 [card number]. With this information you ought to be able to find the card in a dealer’s catalogue or auction, perhaps even view the reverse. If you are researching just the one card we will happily provide extra information on request to And if you have any comments or extra information you think should be included use that address too.

And now to the cards of the week!

Godfrey Phillips “Colonial Army Badges” (1913) No.93

Last Friday`s Newfoundland silk was  Godfrey Phillips “Colonial Army Badges” (1913) No.93. These silks do not actually carry a mention of Godfrey Phillips, but they have been assigned to them by way of careful research. A lot of early silks were anonymous. They were not really intended to be long lasting, but to be used in embroidery projects like cushion covers and blankets. To some collectors, silks are not cards at all, and that is strictly true, but they were issued like cards, in packets of cigarettes and tobacco, and they also add a lot of extra interest in a thematic album. The ones you will most likely see are the “Kensitas” Flowers, which were actually issued by Wix, however there are trains, animals, famous paintings, movie stars, and Regimental crests and badges, to name but a few. Have a better look around. We issue specialist reference books devoted to silks, felts and leathers, and 1930s embroidered silk and lace designs. Check our bookshop
to read more about those, and to download updates of items discovered since those books went to print. The latest Handbook of Worldwide Tobacco and Trade Silk Issues update on the page is #3, but #4 is also available. Please request it through our contact form, and it will be emailed to you as a download.

Wills (Australia) ” Australian & English Cricketers” (1903) card no 12

SATURDAY Wills (Australia) ” Australian & English Cricketers” (1903) card no 12 J J Kelly – J.J.Kelly played 36 Tests for Australia between 1896 and 1905. In 1903, when this card was issued, he was named Cricketer of the year. He also appears on postcards. His full stats appear at

John Young & Sons “Naval Skits” (1904).

SUNDAY ; John Young & Sons “Naval Skits” (1904). The reverse of this un-numbered card says “smoke the celebrated Brands of CIGARETTES “POWDER MONKEY” “JUNIPER” Gold Flake “NAVY CUT” “BABIANO” Manufactured by John Young & Sons Ltd BOLTON, ENGLAND”.
Powder Monkey was actually tobacco, you can see its tin at :
As the design suggests, a “powder monkey” was a naval term; for a full explanation of the job, click on :

“Naval Skits” is recorded as a set of 12 cards but it is usually sold as odds. In fact I have not found a full set priced up in any dealers catalogue. Quite a lot of sets do comprise 12 cards but there is something strange about these.

John Young & Sons (1904) ‘Naval Skits’

The first ones were recorded on the front cover of The London Cigarette Card Company`s own magazine, “Cigarette Card News” Volume 14 Issue 65 (there is a copy on eBay at ), these two were “Admiral 1810”, and “Captain 1735” which seems to be the most readily available online today. By 1954 two more cards had been found, “Marine 1800”, and “Middy 1850”, Middy being short for Midshipman. Then it gets confusing, because discovered since are two “Man-o-Warman” 1770, 1800, three more “Middy”s 1800, 1820, 1835, and three “Post Captain”s 1750, 1765 1775. Does this mean there were 4 dates for each uniform, or maybe more, as there is a Marine, Middy and Man-o-Warman each for the year 1800? So let’s run one of our regular research projects, but throw it open to all our readers, not just society members. Just have a look at any which are in your collection, or can track any down online, check the dates for us and tell us if yours differ. Thats why we have added the dates above….

A400290 [WTI ] (or USA N29) The World’s Champions, Allen & Ginter (1888)

MONDAY – this is E. D. Lange, from A400290 (or USA N29) The World’s Champions, Allen & Ginter (1888). first series only standard size – second series issued in small and large size. Both first and second were also issued as printed albums, where the card as shown was flanked by decorative imagery. Walking was a big sport in the USA, and during the last years of the 19th Century, Americans became keen on indoor races of all kinds; there was even an indoor six day bicycle race held at Madison Square Garden in New York. Sadly I have not been able to trace E D Lange.

North Eastern Railway

TUESDAY – nobody knew this North Eastern Railway train, though we did have someone suggest Gallaher. It was rather intriguing that the day we listed this we heard of the return of meetings at North East Branch. And keep watching the homepage, not only to read about that event, but also to pick up the next date. We also have the North Western Railway card in our gallery. Any ideas?

Taddy “Wrestlers” (1910)

WEDNESDAY – Frank Crozier from Taddy “Wrestlers” (1910) His is an amazing story which is available in full at Many consider him to be the father of Mixed Martial Arts as he not only wrestled in a variety of styles, including catch wrestling, which was a no holds barred grappling style popular with the crowds and often to be seen at funfairs – he also boxed, well enough to be World`s Middle Weight Champion in 1909, and to win the Lonsdale Belt. He would also become a manager. He also appears on Ogdens Pugilists and Wrestlers second series No.64 as shown at

Wills “Old Furniture” second series (1924) card no.25

THURSDAY – satinwood dressing table from Wills “Old Furniture” second series (1924) card no.25 – The reverse text says it is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, and here it is – the text on that says it belonged to one of the earliest collectors of English painted satinwood furniture. Sadly it is not on display, it is stuck in storage. Some time I will see whether he owned other pieces featured on the set. Satinwood is a tree belonging to the rue family (Rutaceae), which grows in Southeast Asia, India, and Sri Lanka (Ceylon), the reason it is called “Satin” wood is for its shiny, satin like lustre, much prized for fine cabinetwork, though locally its hardness is valued for making sturdy farming equipment like handles for cutting and farming tools. I will add a personal anecdote, when I first started selling collectables I turned up at a shop with labelled stock and the owner looked at a label and said “never say “old” say vintage”. I still bear that in mind!

FRIDAY – Church Street Liverpool – no takers on this one yet, except one of you said it might be by Kuit, so this is to be continued…..

…as sad to say the time has caught me out again, so that`s all for another week. But I will see you here again next week, same time, same location! 

Remember you can still read the last newsletter at September 05  We have also succumbed to pressure, and are delighted to announce our newsletters now last even longer, as we wait until Thursday night to overtype the third oldest. That gives you almost three weeks to catch up and really delve into the links we attach. We could say this is really useful for those of us jetting off on holiday… but maybe not.   

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