Just for a change: a non-fiction review by Rosie and team. It reminds me of when I used to go to postcard fairs with my mum, aunt and uncle. Cigarette cards were equally popular.
A History Of Cigarette And Trade Cards is an informative, pictorial and easy to read book that describes the history of both cigarette and trade cards, and then goes on to talk about many of the themes that were depicted on the cards.
I enjoyed reading about this subject. Cigarette cards were first printed in the 1880s in America, with the cardboard being developed as supportive packaging, but its possibilities as a useful advertising tool were soon realised. Developers of the cards started to print information about the pictures on the cards, which were like mini-encyclopaedia. The idea caught on and the cards became collectable.
The first British cigarette cards were printed 1887, with original designs aimed at men; designs featured sports, soldiers, actresses and beautiful women. During the Boer War, Wills produced…
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