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Those We Missed – Gordon Howsden

Those We Missed – Gordon Howsden

An occasional series of articles on unissued cigarette cards
Part 19: Wild West – A series of 50 for various Imperial Tobacco Branches

The “Wild West” referred to in the title to this series was, of course, the western frontier of North America. The subject matter was something of a departure for the Imperial Tobacco Company who over the years had seemed most comfortable with topics such as sport, transportation, natural history, entertainment and the armed services.

However, in 1955 the Executive Committee approved the project as part of the ongoing policy of planning issues of cigarette cards just in case they were reintroduced by one of the other major tobacco companies. The artwork and texts seem to have been prepared by the in-house artists and writers at Mardon, Son & Hall in Bristol, and in July 1956 proofs of fronts and backs were sent to the Branches who had expressed an interest in the series.

I have not been able to establish who these were although five appear to have been involved including W & F Faulkner. Others could have included Lambert & Butler and Ogden’s but not, in all probability, Wills and Player who were actively planning their own series of cards around this time.

Four-colour blocks for the fronts were produced and some sheets must have been printed as in the last few years some of these have appeared on the market. It is very doubtful, however, that any cards with texts were ever produced. As the examples illustrated indicate, this would have been a terrific series of cards on a subject not covered in similar depth by the UK tobacco companies.

In case it is of interest I am listing the subjects of all 50 cards taken from the captions on the fronts.

 

“BILLY THE KID” VERSUS SHERRIF BRADY

BRANDING A CALF

“BUFFALO BILL”

“BUFFALO BILL” ESCAPES FROM A CHARGING BISON

“BUFFALO BILL” SCOUTING FOR THE KANSAS CAVALRY

CATTLE RUSTLERS RAIDING A RANCH

CAUGHT IN A CATTLE STAMPEDE

CHIEF SITTING BULL

CUSTER’S LAST STAND

DANIEL BOONE

FAMILY OF INDIANS TRAVELLING

A FIGHT IN A SALOON

FRONTIER FORT GARRISONED BY UNITED STATES CAVALRY

GUARDING CAMP AT NIGHT

HALF-BREED TRAPPER WITH DOG SLED

INDIAN BALL-PLAYERS

INDIAN MEDICINE MAN

INDIAN SIGN LANGAUAGE

INDIAN SQUAW WITH PAPOOSE

INDIANS ATTACKING THE DEADWOOD COACH

INDIANS HUNTING BISON

INDIANS VISITING A TRADING POST

INSIDE A TEPEE OR WIGWAM

JESSE JAMES HOLDS UP A STAGE COACH

LEWIS AND CLARK ST THE COLUMBIA RIVER

MANDAN INDIANS AT ARCHERY PRACTICE

MOUNTAIN MAN WITH PACK MULES

THE OLD OREGON TRAIL

PANNING FOR GOLD IN A MOUNTAIN STREAM

A PARLEY WITH INDIANS ON THE SANTA FE TRAIL

THE PONY EXPRESS

A RAILROAD ROBBERY

THE RODEO: CHUCK WAGON RACING

THE RODEO: RIDING A BUCKING BRONCO

THE RODEO: ROPING A STERR

ROPING WILD HORSES ON THE PRAIRIE

THE ROUND-UP

SETTLERS BUILDING THEIR HOME

THE SHERRIF BRINGS IN HIS MAN

SHOOTING THE RAPIDS

A SIOUX ENCAMPMENT

SMOKE SIGNALS

SMOKING THE PIPE OF PEACE

SNOW-SHOE DANCE

SUN DANCE OF THE PLAINS INDIANS

SURROUNDED BY INDIANS

TEPEES OF THE BLACKFEET INDIANS

THE TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD

TRAPPER MEETS GRIZZLY BEAR IN THE ROCKIES

WILD BILL HICKOK

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