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Life playing cards: tobacco education 2003

Life playing cards: tobacco education

‘Life playing cards: tobacco education’ anti-smoking deck, USA, 2003.

Litografía Fabbri, Lima, Peru, c.1900-20

Litografía Fabbri, Lima, Peru, c.1900-20

Litografía Fabbri, Lima, Peru, c.1900-20, printers of cigarette insert cards for tobacco companies.

Lose the smoke Keep the fire 2007

Lose the smoke Keep the fire

“Lose the smoke Keep the fire” playing cards to help quit smoking, published by Nicotinell, 2007.

Mardon, Son & Hall of Bristol, branch of the Imperial Tobacco Company

Mardon, Son & Hall of Bristol, branch of the Imperial Tobacco Company

A division of Imperial Tobacco, they appear to have made cards almost exclusively for the cigarette token market, which flourished during the 1930s.

Naipes Parliament por Caloi 1977

Naipes Parliament por Caloi

Carlos Loiseau, better known as ‘Caloi’, was a cartoonist whose designs for Parliament Cigarettes were first published in the early 1970s.

Overstolz Cigaretten 1970

Overstolz Cigaretten

Colourful publicity playing cards for a brand of German cigarettes.

Permalon Ltd 1948

Permalon Ltd

Miniature playing cards advertising "Perma" smoking-related products featuring the "Perma Girl" on the backs and Joker.

Portraits of a Lady 2003

Portraits of a Lady

Portraits of a Lady by Lo Scarabeo, 2003.

Progressive Whist Cards - page 3

Progressive Whist Cards - page 3

There were various Sports and Sporting Whist themes... and tobacco advertising on score cards.

Roldan Tobacco Cards, Peru 1895

Roldan Tobacco Cards, Peru

Tobacco cards with miniature playing cards inset into top corners, printed by Litografía y Tipografía Fabbri Hermanos, for Roldan y Cia Tobacco, Lima, c.1895.

Standard Genoese

Standard Genoese

Van Genechten manufactured playing cards in various styles, including specially customised versions for commercial clients wishing to advertise their own brands on the cards.

Tobacco advertising 1960

Tobacco advertising

Advertising decks made in Belgium by A. Van Genechten, 1960s.

Virginia Slims 1985

Virginia Slims

Tasteful advertising pack promoting Virginia Slims cigarettes.

Will’s Cigarettes and Auction Bridge 1926

Will’s Cigarettes and Auction Bridge

In 1926 Will’s issued a set of 25 cigarette cards on Auction Bridge, presenting a range of hands illustrating various circumstances in play.

Wills 200th Anniversary

Wills 200th Anniversary

Double pack commemorating the 200th anniversary of W.D & H.O. Wills Ltd, 1786 - 1986.

Wills Scheme 1933

Wills Scheme

The W.D & H.O. Wills Playing Card promotion of the early 1930s

Wills Scheme page 2

Wills Scheme page 2

W.D & H.O.Wills Playing Card scheme page 2

Wills’s Happy Families game 1930

Wills’s Happy Families game

Wills’s “Happy Families” cards were issued by the Imperial Tobacco Company (of Great Britain and Ireland) Limited in around 1930.