RAF Badges

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RAF Badges

Series information

  • Series name : RAF Badges
  • Issued by: John Player & Sons
  • Date of issue : 1937
  • Number of cards  : 50
  • Image variants : 2 series: with and without motto on the reverse. There are some small differences in the texts on the reverse between the series, see for example card 46.


John Player & Sons, known simply as Player's, was a tobacco and cigarette manufacturer, based in Nottingham, England. It is today a part of the Imperial Tobacco Group.

In March 1828, William Wright set up a small tobacco factory in Broadmarsh, Nottingham. This business expanded and provided William Wright with a comfortable fortune. This business was purchased in 1877 by John Player. He was a man of vision and saw the need for expansion. He built the Castle Tobacco Factories in Radford, Nottingham. He constructed three large factory blocks, but initially only one was used for the production and packaging of tobacco. The other two blocks were let to lace manufacturers, until the business had expanded sufficiently to utilise the additional space. One of John Player's innovations was to offer pre-packaged tobacco. Prior to this, smokers would have purchased tobacco by weight from loose supplies and cigarette papers to roll them in. He also adopted a registered trade mark as a guarantee to the public that the goods could be relied on.

The business was run later by his sons, John Dane Player and William Goodacre Player.

In 1901, in response to competitive threats from the USA, the Player's business was merged with the Imperial Tobacco Group. (source)

The company has issued hundreds of series of cigarette cards, including several with a heraldic theme.

Cards issued

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The cards could also be placed in an album :


The whole album : File:Album.raf.pdf


Reverse without motto:

Reverse with motto:

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