Those We Missed – Gordon Howsden1st August 2014 by Sam Whiting
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” 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
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 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
SETTLERS BUILDING THEIR HOME
THE SHERRIF BRINGS IN HIS MAN
SHOOTING THE RAPIDS
A SIOUX ENCAMPMENT
SMOKING THE PIPE OF PEACE
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
A dilemma. Imagine you are, or know a card collector who lives outside the UK, who would be really interested to join us, were it not for the high cost of the overseas subscription? If only there was a way to reduce this cost. And now there is!
Where does the time go! I am writing this in the week before Christmas, and another year has flown by. By the time you get this we will be in to 2020, so I hope you all had a great Christmas and wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
All card and ephemera collectors make a note in your diary now because our next card convention will take place on SATURDAY 25th and SUNDAY 26th APRIL 2020 at FIVE RIVERS LEISURE CENTRE, HULSE ROAD, SALISBURY, WILTSHIRE SP1 3NR ❄️❄️
Anyone want to buy a large cricket collection. Only joking! That is what I wrote on the Saturday afternoon of the 3rd Ashes Test. As you will know, England managed a magnificent 67 all out in their 1st innings, with only Root and Bairstow out to goo