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Past Exhibition of the Month - May 2022

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Wills's Cigarette Cards - Musical Celebrities (1st Series)

W.D. and H.O. Wills was one of the first British companies to mass produce cigarettes and to introduce cigarette cards to their packets.  Like Liebig cards (see our Exhibitions of the Month in March 2021, April 2021, November 2021 and March 2022) they embraced a large number of subjects.  Among them were two sets of musical celebrities, the first of which we show below.  This set was published in 1911, each card numbered.  With a few exceptions, the number followed the year of the celebrity's birth.  The back of each card showed a brief summary of the life of the subject; we show the back of the Jenny Lind card as an example.

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In card number order.