Thursday/ the New York Public Library digital collections

TheVasco BackVasco front New York Public Library has released nearly 200,000 public-domain items from its special collections. Check out the home page here.  Some of my favorite collections are those of the so-called cigarette cards : trade cards issued by tobacco manufacturers to stiffen cigarette packaging and advertise cigarette brands.  Robot 2Robot 1

The series ‘This Age of Power & Wonder’ must have been issued in South Africa, since the cards have both English and Afrikaans on the back of the card !  I just do not recall ever seeing cigarette cards in South Africa when I was growing up.

Collections 1
These cards are part of a 250 card set called ‘This Age of Power & Wonder’.
Collections 2
These cards from a different set, depict mostly African animals, it seems.


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