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June 26

Welcome to another week in our World.

Godfrey Phillips “Our Dogs”

Today, 26 June, it is Take Your Dog To Work Day, a relatively recent event – read more about it at  We hope that some of you took part and it was a success for you both. It was a bit hot to put ours in the car and drive all the way down to our shop, but we had fun sorting out paperwork…. and we’ll reprint the chewed bits later..

28 June (in 1852) was the birthday of Charles Cruft. He had no idea when he started working at Spratts dog biscuits that he would one day run the biggest dog show in the world. His first show was at the Paris Exhibition of 1878, and “Cruft’s Dog Show” started in 1891.

Benson and Hedges “Fire Fighting Equipment”


On June 29 1613, the original Globe Theatre in London was consumed by flames when a special effects cannon misfired. The theatre appears on Brooke Bond “Queen Elizabeth I & II” (card number 4) and on John Player “Shakespearean Series” (card number 14) to name but two.

A full description of this event can be found at

June 30 is Meteor Day or Meteor Watch Day – but let us go off track in more ways than one as card 18 of Wills “Speed” features Ab Jenkins at Bonneville breaking records in his Mormon Meteor. After all, I’ve not mentioned a car yet this week! That’s a record for me… The car was actually sold at auction in 2015 – read about that at

Liebig Meat Extract Co. Ltd. (1900) ‘Postage Stamps III’ S628

July 1 – in the USA, is National Postal Worker Day. Here in the UK we dont seem to have a defined day to celebrate all the posties who fetch, sort, and deliver our mail, and have continued to do so throughout the recent coronavirus outbreak, though many of us have tied thank you notes on our mailboxes. Maybe we should join in with this day and claim it for our postal workers as well ?

Gerry Anderson`s U.F.O.

World UFO Day is July 2 – and here is a card celebrating the Gerry and Sylvia Anderson series by that very name. There is a whole website devoted to the series at and you can even rewatch it at

At the moment if you think you see a U.F.O. it might be the Space X project, a series of rockets being launched with payloads of telecommunications satellites. The idea is a good one, to bring the internet to remote parts of the globe, but there are concerns that it will disrupt the night sky, especially the named “dark sky areas” that are so treasured by star gazers

So to this weeks card news….

Ogdens Ltd. (1930) ‘Jockeys 1930’

We got a bit over excited when we were told of a card fair in Chichester on July 1. And who can blame us after all this time! Sadly this turned out to be wrong, so we still wait to publish details of the first post-lockdown card fair. And if you hear of one, let us know.

There is an antiques and collectibles fair at Sandown Park on the 7th of July. There used to be approximately 700 stalls although for the reopening they may not have indoor areas, only the hard standing outside around the racecourse – which actually appears on a cigarette card (Sandorides “Lucana” brand “Famous Racecourses” issued in 1926 – card number 9). Mind you, the bulk of the stalls were always outdoors. If you have never been here, it’s free admission, and free parking. So prepared to be amazed and get home exhausted. But we do urge that before leaving home you do check for any last minute changes at

Tooveys are also back! Their next sale, online only, is on July 1st. This is a lovely family run auction who do a great job supporting their local community, and it’s their Jubilee Year. This page will get you to all sections of their ephemera catalogue

The results of the Joan Dunk Sale are also now uploaded at  It was an amazing sale and she would have been thrilled and amused to see such spirited bidding. While not a card auction it is still a wonderful read and includes many scarce items you may never have the chance to see again. 

W. & F. Faulkner (1899) ‘Grenadier Guards’

Returning to cards, I have just acquired (many thanks to George and to Bob) an original 1942 Cartophilic Reference Book No.1 “The Cigarette Card Issues of W & F Faulkner” by Eric Gurd. This might be a small volume but it contains the firm’s history, and details of all known issues from 1838 until 1935 including listings of unnumbered cards, and in some cases details of the printer and production processes. However it does raise a question – and that is why was Faulkner the first issuer to be given a booklet? Does anyone know? Anyway, it was a limited edition of 400 copies, and was out of print by 1948.  In the 1970s, a decision was made to reprint them for a new generation of collectors, the text is the same, with no updates or recent card discoveries having been added, but they have plain green covers, not so artistic in design. These reprinted volumes are still available in our bookshop, but stocks are limited.

W. & F. Faulkner (1900) ‘Our Colonial Troops’

We must add that if you want the most modern information on tobacco cards we would always advise buying our New World Tobacco Issues Index Part I and II (RB123 and RB124) and our New GB Tobacco Handbook (RB135), and keeping in touch with the updates which are issued periodically. But if you want the full story of each issuer and their cards, we advise these monograph booklets, because to save space in the indexes, much of the historical and background details had to be left out. 

If you like vintage reading material, there is an interesting pair of early bound volumes of the London Cigarette Card Company’s “Cigarette Card News” magazine currently listed on eBay


Churchman Sports and Games

And, to close, this week`s Website of the week is
You may not be a baseball fan but this “Topps Project” takes a vintage card, gives it to an artist, and lets them redesign it however they choose. The results are fascinating, thought provoking, and bring classic cards to a new audience

Of course you will find more knowledgeable, in-depth articles on, and research into, all cards, from vintage to brand new issues, within our bi-monthly magazine, which is only available to Society Members; you can’t buy it at fairs or in shops. 

For a brief taster of our current edition go to our special Magazine page by clicking HERE

And if you would like more details on how to become a member of our Society, please click HERE.


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