Cigarette cards (used to stiffen the cigarette packaging and to advertise brands) depicting pictures as collectibles were first issued by the Allen & Ginter Tobacco Co of the USA in 1875. The trend soon caught up in the UK and many other countries, whence collecting cigarettes cards developed into a popular hobby.
Featured here is the card #36 from a series of 50 titled ‘Time & Money in Different Countries’, issued by W.D. & H.O. Wills Co of the UK in 1906.
112 years ago, then British colony of Ceylon is said to have a population of only 3.8 million (now we are at over 21 million 😯). And is that picture supposed to represent a ‘Cingalese’? I can only guess the artist having painted a Moor merchant, perhaps one who came down from South India to trade. It is a very interesting - if quaint and nostalgic - collectors item nevertheless. 😊
For anyone interested to know more on the curious subject of collectible cigarette cards, here’s a link: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cigarette_card
Things you learn while on the hunt for the perfect tarot deck but get sidetracked and pick up some 1920's cigarette cards instead...abracadabra isn't just something magicians say, it's a physical thing!? A charm used to invoke beneficent spirits against disease and misfortune in ancient Rome. It was also pretty popular against the plague in the middle ages... #tarot#tarotcommunity#tarotreadersofinstagram#abracadabra#luckycharm#willscigarettecards
I've had a lot of Will's cigarette cards come and go over the years but I can't part with these large cards ..The books are tatty and there's a bit of foxing but what lovely miniature works of art. 🌻🌹🌸
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