Cigarette cards

Cigarette cards first emerged in the US in 1875. Cards issued by the US-based tobacco company Allen and Ginter depicted actresses, baseball players, Indian chiefs, and boxers. Becoming instantly popular, other tobacco companies in the US and Uk quickly followed suit, soon making them a worldwide phenomena. Cigarette cards were issued in sets typically consisting of 25, 50 or 100 cards relating to a subject or theme. Themes concentrated on all aspects of sport, leisure, entertainment and general interest. Popular themes included actresses, sports players, nature and military to cite but a few. Today sports and military historians study these cards to study uniform design for example.

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'Home from the War'
by Unknown photographer, published by Ogden's
July 1900; published 1900-1907
NPG x44648

Charlie Chaplin, by Alick P.F. Ritchie, issued by  John Player & Sons, 1926 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Charlie Chaplin
by Alick P.F. Ritchie, issued by John Player & Sons
1926
NPG D2662

Aga Khan III (Mohammed Shah), by Alick P.F. Ritchie, 1926 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Aga Khan III (Mohammed Shah)
by Alick P.F. Ritchie
1926
NPG D2651

Rudyard Kipling, by Alick P.F. Ritchie, 1926 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Rudyard Kipling
by Alick P.F. Ritchie
1926
NPG D2673

Augustus John, by Alick P.F. Ritchie, 1926 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Augustus John
by Alick P.F. Ritchie
1926
NPG D2671

Sir Harry Lauder, by Alick P.F. Ritchie, 1926 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Harry Lauder
by Alick P.F. Ritchie
1926
NPG D2675

George Tryon, 1st Baron Tryon, by Tom Cottrell, 1929 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

George Tryon, 1st Baron Tryon
by Tom Cottrell
1929
NPG D2639

Sir (Howard) Kingsley Wood, by Tom Cottrell, 1929 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir (Howard) Kingsley Wood
by Tom Cottrell
1929
NPG D2840

G.K. Chesterton, by Unknown artist, issued by  Godfrey Phillips, 1932 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

G.K. Chesterton
by Unknown artist, issued by Godfrey Phillips
1932
NPG D2723

Al Jolson, by Unknown artist, issued by  Godfrey Phillips, 1932 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Al Jolson
by Unknown artist, issued by Godfrey Phillips
1932
NPG D2721

(Thomas Stange Heiss) Oscar Asche as Abu Hasan in

(Thomas Stange Heiss) Oscar Asche as Abu Hasan in 'Chu Chin Chow'
by Unknown artist, issued by Godfrey Phillips
1932
NPG D2712

Jimmy McGrory, after Unknown artist, published 1934 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Jimmy McGrory
after Unknown artist
published 1934
NPG D8790

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