‘See a sailor, pick him up
All the day you’ll have good luck’.
This was a reference to the then ubiquitous brand of cigarettes Player’s Navy Cut. What our parents would have thought of us picking up dirty old cigarette packets from the gutter, I dread to think. Had cigarette companies stopped issuing cards by then? I think they may have switched to coupons which could be exchanged for various consumer durables. Cigarette cards were very popular in the first half of the twentieth century.
Here’s some cards and silks I’ve found in books.
Early twentieth century is the best I can do for these portraits of European royalty. First World War period?
HM the King of Serbia (I think King Peter I, 1844 - 1921).
HRH Princess Mary (I think Princess Mary of York, 1897 – 1965).
Wills’s Cigarettes: Association Footballers A Series of 50
47 Danny Walsh, Charlton Athletic. I think this set was issued in 1935
“Turf” Cigarettes 50 Famous Dog Breeds
No.19 Dandie Dinmont Terrier. Issued by Carreras in 1952