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Object ID 001623

Object Name John Player & Sons cigarette cards

Object Desc A framed display of Player Cigarette cards featuring the Characters of Dickens. 25 cards total.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001958

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General Category History

Category Reproductions


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Tobacco Exhibit

Object Date

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Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords tobacco,cigarettes,cigarette cards,John Player & Sons,W.D. & H.O. Wills,promotional items,Dickens, Charles,advertising,smoking,

Title John Player & Sons cigarette cards

Description Framed display of 25 cigarette cards. Wood frame with glass covering and cardboard backing attached with masking tape. Front has black background with gold text at top and bottom, "Wills's / Cigarettes / W.D. & H.O. Wills". At center are cigarette cards 5 in a row and 5 down. Cards are color printed with images of character's from Dickens' literature. At the top of each card "Players Cigarettes" is printed.


Approx Collection Date

Height 23.75

Length 0

Width 12

Depth 0.5

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

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Maker Details See notes for further information.

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Image Caption CMY1958



Date FEB 28,2014

Summary good

Assessor BN

Notes Cards looks to be in excellent condition, however, dirt is underneath the glass. Backing is rippled at edges. Glass is dusty and dirty around edges, especially at upper right corner. Light scratches on glass. Frame is in good condiiton, wear on gold paint with loss, light scratches on edges. Natural knot at left side of frame. Back of picture, cardboard is worn. Paper backing on edges is torn and creased. Loose in some areas. At top metal hook for hanging, and there is a nail sticking out at right of it.


Date FEB 28,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7 from Room 7, Shelf 22 - automatic entry by admin

Date FEB 28,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 9 from Room 7 - automatic entry by admin

Date FEB 28,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 6 from Room 7, Shelf 9 - automatic entry by admin

Date MAR 23,2014

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On Exhibit from On-Site Collection Storage - automatic entry by admin

Date MAR 23,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Tobacco Exhibit from Room 7, Shelf 6 - automatic entry by admin



Date FEB 28,2014

Notes The cigarette cards were made by John Player & Sons, as is indicated on the card itself. However, the backing of the display states W.D. & H.O. Wills, a completely different company. These pieces do not go together. Further reserach is needed.

Date FEB 28,2014

Notes Player & Sons first produced a series of 25 Characters of Dickens cigarette cards in 1912. More were produced in 1914. After evaluating cards from that printing, these are most likely not from that set ( In 1912, the original printing had a light green border. The 1914 set did not have any text on the face. The cards were reprinted in 1923 and again in the 1990s. Most likely these are from 1990, but seeing the back of the cards would determine that.

Date APR 15,2014

Notes Home Location: Room 7, Shelf 11