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Heraldic Tobacco (Cigarette) Cards

Cigarette (tobacco) cards were issued by tobacco companies as advertising in their packages. Originally added to provide strength to the package, but at the end of the 19th century the companies realised the advertisment value of these inserts. These cards were issued mainly until 1940, but some companies continued to issue cards in later years.

Cards issued by non-tobacco companies are listed as Trade cards

Cigarette cards were especially popular in the US and the former British Empire (UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa...), and less in other countries. In many other countries the tobacco companies issued stamps rather than cards, and they often issued special albums for the stamps or cards; see the Heraldic albums section for albums issued by tobacco manufacturers.

Although over 13000 different series of cigarette cards are known, only a small number actually deals with heraldic items.

Denmark

(incl. UK cards for the Danish market)

France

Germany

Many German tobacco companies issued series of cards, but most of them were designed for albums and thus are listed under Heraldic albums.

Malta

Netherlands

South Africa

Spain

Sweden

United Kingdom

non Wills's

Wills's

(incl. overseas issues, f.e. Australia)

Uruguay

USA



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