Collection: British Cigarette Cards

British cigarette cards are a form of collectible trade cards that were inserted into cigarette packs in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They were a way for tobacco companies to promote their products and encourage brand loyalty among consumers.

Cigarette cards typically featured a wide range of subjects, including famous people, sports stars, animals, historical events, and more. They were often highly illustrated, with detailed artwork and bright colors.

Some popular sets of British cigarette cards include:

  • Gallaher's "Film Episodes" (1924): This set of cards featured scenes from popular films of the time, including "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "The Thief of Bagdad."

  • John Player & Sons "Aviation" (1935): This set of cards depicted various aircraft, including planes used by the Royal Air Force and commercial airlines.

  • W.D. & H.O. Wills "Wild Flowers" (1912): This set of cards showcased different species of wildflowers found in the UK.

  • Taddy & Co. "Famous Footballers" (1906): This set of cards featured illustrations of famous football players from the early 20th century.

Cigarette cards remain popular with collectors today, and there are a number of resources available online for those interested in learning more about them.