These are cigarette cards from the NYPL Digital Library that date back to the 19th century to early 20's century when the nicotine's harm was not widely known yet. The alphabetical list is huge and is due to the large amount of cards not to mention the number of the themes that are featured. They are so different from each other too. Whoa! Some examples of how different they are: Kings and Queens of England, Kodak, Jockeys, Kensitas Flowers, Indian women, Happy family, Fables of Aesop, Henry and The Inns of Court. I have not seen them all, but so far I really liked the "Famous Building" series. To learn about the history of these cards click on the second or third link below (they are both the same url).
Cigarette Cards Collection History
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August 11, 2009