Just like bubble gum (baseball) cards and other collectible cards, cards inserted into cigarette packs were collected from the end of the 19th century through the beginning of World War II.
Usually they were issued in series and people would trade or collect them. On the front, you'll usually find a vivid pictures - usually a print or painting, but sometimes a photographic image. The flip-side would describe the front (and sometimes the other cards in the series) and indicate the advertiser and sometimes the artist.
Because they were created specifically to be collected, the manufacturers and printers chose appealing subjects: movie stars, royalty, circus animals, birds, airplanes, trees, butterflies, and more. Some people, in fact, purchased the cigarettes for the cards even though they didn't smoke!
Most cigarette trading cards are about 2-3/4 inches by 1-1/2 inches printed on card-weight paper, making them the perfect addition to your artwork.
Our package contains an assortment of 10 assorted cards printed in vivid color, watercolor-like hues, sepia-tone or black and white. Glue one to a small piece of cardstock to make a special gift tag or doll-house poster! We're sure you'll find many uses for these wonderful cards!