Thursday, 30 April 2015

Consolidated Cigarette Co. / Paxi Cigarettes - N352 Fine Colored Relief Cards



1888
N352 Fine Colored Relief Cards
Consolidated Cigarette Co. / Paxi Cigarettes
USA
100 cards (1 known Football)

The Cartophilic Society of Great Britain held it's annual convention in Worcester this past weekend. I had promised myself the new reference book that was published recently. C19th U.S.A. Tobacco Issues Index & Handbook (Cartophilic Reference Book No. 151) has been compiled by Martin Murray. I didn't expect to come across anything relating to my own collecting sphere, but I do find the subject fascinating.
After going through the book thoroughly over the last few days I did find one football item that I had never come across before.
The cards are printed with almost nothing on the front other than a decorative border and the backs printed in blue giving details of the company, the brand and the subject matter of the cards. The cards measure 2" x 3¼". The cigarette company seems to have acquired sheets of Raphael Tuck illustrations - what are known as 'scraps' - cut the individual characters from the sheets and pasted them onto the front of the cards.
Also shown are a couple of the baseball cards, along with an uncut sheet of the baseball players as printed by Raphael Tuck & Sons (illustration 08), along with all 10 baseball players arranged in alphabetical order, as listed below (illustration 09). The baseball cards have an estimated value of $750 each.
One of the cards discovered is of a cricketer, the subject matter is not mentioned on the back of the cards, so there may be more of them too.
I have previously shown a complete sheet of 8 footballers issued by Raphael Tuck & Sons and I've included that also (illustration 07). The original article can be found here - Raphael Tuck & Sons - Die-Cut Scraps ~ Footballers/Cricketers - Giant Relief No. 204/203. The two cricketers shown here are not front the same sheet as the ones shown in this link.
I haven't been able to find any other Raphael Tuck sheets relating to the various subject in this collection.

Base Ball

Baltimore   -   not seen
Boston   -    illustration 01, 02
Brooklyn   -   not seen
Chicago   -   not seen
Detroit   -   not seen
Indianapolis   -   not seen
New York   -   not seen
Philadelphia   -   not seen
Pittsburgh   -    illustration 03, 04
St. Louis   -   not seen

Soldiers of England

Lawn Tennis

No caption (Female tennis player in long blue skirt)
Stopping Balls (Man in blue striped blazer with a white flag in his right hand)   -    illustration 06

Athletes

One... Race (Runner in blue shorts)

Foot Ball

Don't swallow it old man! (Football)   -   not seen
Are you ready? (Football)   -   not seen
A Full Stop (Football - Player chesting ball)
Ready for anything (Football)   -   not seen
The Captain (Rugby)   -   not seen
A Drop (Rugby)   -   not seen
Going for a try (Rugby)
Lifting a Goal (Rugby)   -   not seen

Ballet Girls

Jockeys

Always (Jockey holding saddle)

Fencing

Cricket (not listed on the back of the cards)


Caption not known (Cricketer with ball in his right hand, facing front)   -    illustration 05



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