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NYPL Digital Library: Cigarette Cards: ABCs

Back when smoking was a bit more socially acceptable, it was fairly easy to find elaborate cigarette or tobacco cards attached to premium tobacco products that depicted film stars, the sporting life, plants, animals, monuments, and military-related ephemera. For the most part, these cards featured illustrations on one side with related information and text on the other. This rather amazing digital collection from the New York Public Library features thousands of these cards, culled from over six decades. Visitors can start their journey through the collection by reading the brief introductory history and then by browsing through the various series. Using the source guide, visitors can take a look at series that include "children with rosy cheeks", "caricatures of famous cricketers", and "fortune telling".
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Date of Scout Publication 2008-09-05
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