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Oldest Cigarette Card
The earliest cigarette card to be positively dated depicts a...read more.

Million Dollar Card
The start of the millennium was very memorable for the cigarette card world. A Honus Wagner cigarette card, the "holy grail" of baseball cards, fetched a record...read more.

Horse Cigarette Cards
Horses have played a prominent role in man's conquest of the planet. For thousands of years horses had served us as an efficient means of...read more.

Soccer Cigarette Cards
The rules of modern association football were established in the 1860s in the public schools of England. Prominent soccer players and teams were vividly portrayed on...read more.

Fishing Cigarette Cards
The human race's fascination for fish can be traced back to thousands of years. Angling is still as popular as ever perhaps even more so. This might stem from man's desire to...read more.

Motor Car Cigarette Cards
Cigarette cards provide a beautifully illustrated record of perhaps the most significant period in the history of mankind, 1870s-1930s. The automobile was...read more.

1930's Movie Cigarette Cards
Not everyone looked forward to the "talkies" (or sound film). Many actors and actresses who rose to stardom during the silent movie era were unable to make the transition to the "talkies", and tumbled into obscurity. John Gilbert's romantic appeal waned when...read more.

Silent Movie Cigarette Cards
Cigarette cards provide a beautifully illustrated record of perhaps the most significant period in the history of mankind, 1870s-1930s. The cinema was one of the many revolutionary innovations to...read more.

Dog Cigarette Cards
Dogs have been man's best friend for many years, perhaps 17000 or more and this enduring relationship was reflected on...read more.

Fishing Cigarette Cards
The human race's fascination for fish can be traced back to thousands of years. Angling is still as popular as ever perhaps even more so. This might stem from man's desire to...read more.

Motor Car Cards
Cigarette cards provide a beautifully illustrated record of perhaps the most significant period in the history of mankind, 1870s-1930s. The automobile was...read more.

1930s' Cigarette Cards
Not everyone looked forward to the "talkies" (or sound film). Many actors and actresses who rose to stardom during the silent movie era were unable to make the transition to the "talkies", and tumbled into obscurity. John Gilbert's romantic appeal waned when...read more.

Silent Movie Cards
Cigarette cards provide a beautifully illustrated record of perhaps the most significant period in the history of mankind, 1870s-1930s. The cinema was one of the many revolutionary innovations to...read more.

Dog Cigarette Cards Cards
Dogs have been man's best friend for many years, perhaps 17000 or more and this enduring relationship was reflected on...read more.

Oldest Cigarette Card
The earliest cigarette card to be positively dated depicts a...read more.

Million Dollar Card
The start of the millennium was very memorable for the cigarette card world. A Honus Wagner cigarette card, the "holy grail" of baseball cards, fetched a record...read more.

Horse Cigarette Cards
Horses have played a prominent role in man's conquest of the planet. For thousands of years horses had served us as an efficient means of...read more.

Soccer Cigarette Cards
The rules of modern association football were established in the 1860s in the public schools of England. Prominent soccer players and teams were vividly portrayed on...read more.

Fishing Cigarette Cards
The human race's fascination for fish can be traced back to thousands of years. Angling is still as popular as ever perhaps even more so. This might stem from man's desire to...read more.

Motor Car Cigarette Cards
Cigarette cards provide a beautifully illustrated record of perhaps the most significant period in the history of mankind, 1870s-1930s. The automobile was...read more.

1930's Movie Cigarette Cards
Not everyone looked forward to the "talkies" (or sound film). Many actors and actresses who rose to stardom during the silent movie era were unable to make the transition to the "talkies", and tumbled into obscurity. John Gilbert's romantic appeal waned when...read more.

Silent Movie Cigarette Cards
Cigarette cards provide a beautifully illustrated record of perhaps the most significant period in the history of mankind, 1870s-1930s. The cinema was one of the many revolutionary innovations to...read more.

Dog Cigarette Cards
Dogs have been man's best friend for many years, perhaps 17000 or more and this enduring relationship was reflected on...read more.

Fishing Cigarette Cards
The human race's fascination for fish can be traced back to thousands of years. Angling is still as popular as ever perhaps even more so. This might stem from man's desire to...read more.

Motor Car Cards
Cigarette cards provide a beautifully illustrated record of perhaps the most significant period in the history of mankind, 1870s-1930s. The automobile was...read more.

1930s' Cigarette Cards
Not everyone looked forward to the "talkies" (or sound film). Many actors and actresses who rose to stardom during the silent movie era were unable to make the transition to the "talkies", and tumbled into obscurity. John Gilbert's romantic appeal waned when...read more.

Silent Movie Cards
Cigarette cards provide a beautifully illustrated record of perhaps the most significant period in the history of mankind, 1870s-1930s. The cinema was one of the many revolutionary innovations to...read more.

Dog Cigarette Cards Cards
Dogs have been man's best friend for many years, perhaps 17000 or more and this enduring relationship was reflected on...read more.

Space Cigarette Cards

Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences. Early astronomers used the position of celestial bodies to create calendars and to aid navigation. A number of cigarette card sets were issued on astronomy. The cigarette card set "Romance of the Heavens", issued in 1928 by WD & HO Wills, is interesting since some of the cards display an artist's impression of the landscape of several planets, including Mars. "The World of Tomorrow" card set, issued in 1936 by Stephen Mitchell, is extremely popular and makes predictions about future space travel.

Sadly, the cigarette card era came to a sudden end in WW2, due to severe paper rationing and, later, cost cutting. The trade cards continued the space saga where the cigarette cards left off. They chart the space race, from the launch of the first man-made item into space to man landing on the moon.

I've list below a small selection of space related cigarette card and trading card sets. I've provided scans of a sample card from each set and tried to include all card titles.

 


Name Of Set: Constellations
Manufacturer: Liebig Extract of Meat Co
Issue Year: 1903
Card Number: 6
Card Titles: -

 


Name Of Set: Those Pearls Of Heaven
Manufacturer: John Player and Sons
Issue Year: 1916
Card Number: 25
Card Titles: The Pointers and the Pole Star, Bears - Great and Little, The Great W, The Mighty Hunter- Orion, The Dog - Star, The Starry Girdle, The Bull, The Heavenly Twins and The Crab, The Lion, The Virgin and the Scales, The Scorpion, The Archer and the Goat, The Water - Bearer, The Fishes and the Ram, Twinklers, Paths and Pearls, The Wanderers, The Sun's Family, The Swift One - Mercury, Venus - Godess of Love and Beauty, A Weird World - Moon, The Ruddy World- Mars, The Giant - Jupiter, The Ring - Wearer - Saturn, Symbols of the Near and The Far, and Our Special Star - The Sun.

 


Name Of Set: Astronomers II S1110
Manufacturer: Liebig Extract of Meat Co
Issue Year: 1921
Card Number: 6
Card Titles: -

 


Name Of Set: Romance of the Heavens
Manufacturer: WD and HO Wills
Issue Year: 1928
Card Number: 50
Card Titles: Hailey's Comet, One Theory of the Formation of the Moon, Neap Tides, Spring Tides, A Shower of Meteors, A Lunar Crona, Typical Lunar Craters, Lunar Craters, The Earth as Seen From the Moon, Earth Shine, Mock Moons, Phases of the Moon, Portion of the Moon's Surface, The Dumb Bell Nebula, A Spiral Nebula, The Inner Planets, The Outher Planets, Jupiter, Two Views of Mars, An Imaginary Landscape of Mars, The Surface of Mercury-Imaginary, Saturn, Saturn's Rings, Two Views of Saturn, The Dark Sid of Venus-and Imaginary View, The Sunlit Sid of Venus-and imaginary view, Cassiopeia and Pole Star, The Composition of a Star, The Evolution of a Star, Two Gian Stars, Leo, The Milky Way, Orion, The Pieiades, The Pole Star and the Plough, The Southern Cross, Variable Stars, The Aurora Australis, The Aurora Borealis, The Cause of Auroras, Solar Corona, Electrical Discharges from the Sun, An Eclipse, An Eclipse of the Sun Viewed from the Moon, The Midnight Sun, Shadows and Rainbows, Solar Prominences, Typical Sun Spot, and The Zodiacal Light.

 


Name Of Set: Out Into Space ("Issued In..")
Manufacturer: Brooke Bond
Issue Year: 1958
Card Number: 50
Card Titles: The Sun, Moon and its Phases, Eclipse of the Sun, Eclipse of the Moon, Seasons, Moon - Effect on Tides, Rotating Earth, Planets - Orbits, Planets and Their Moon, Minor Planets or Asteroids, Planets - Sizes, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Comets, Metoers (Meteorites), Zodiac (Path of Creatures), Zodiac Symbols (Northern), Zodiac Symbols (Southern), Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricornus, Aquarius, Pisces, Polaris ( Pole Star ), Ursa Minor ( The Little Bear ), Ursa Major ( The Great Bear ), Canis Major ( The Great Dog ), Cygnus ( The Swan ), Crux ( Southern Cross ), Pegasus ( The Winged Horse ), Hercules, Cassiopeia, Perseus, The Milky Way, Aurora Borealis, Radio Telescopes, Composition of a Star, and Astrolabe.

 


Name Of Set: The Conquest of Space
Manufacturer: Beano Ltd (Gum)
Issue Year: 1956
Card Number: 50
Card Titles: Stepping-stones to Space, The First Aeronaut, First Parachute Descent, The First Airship, Lilienthal's Glider, The First Aeroplane, The First Aeroplane, Ballon of the 1900's, Aeroplane of the 1920's, The Graf Zeppelin, Upper-air Research Baloon, DH Mosquito, Jet Propulsion, Gloster-Whittle Jet Aircraft, The Flying Bedstead, Guided Missiles, The Earth's Atmosphere, Principle of the Rocket, The Earliest Rockets, The Congreve Rocket, Line-throwing Rocket, Rocket-propelled Aeroplane, First Liquid-fuel Rocket, Rocket Fighter-plane, The Rocket Motor, Douglas Skyrocket, Stratosphere Air-liner 1, Stratosphere Air-liner 2, Stratosphere Air-liner 3, Lay-out of a Space Rocket, Martin Viking No.9, First Space Travellers, Space Suit, Human Centrifuge, Weightlessness, Step Rocket 1, Step Rocket 2, Step Rocket 3, Space Station, Building a Space Station, Space Ship, Refuelling in Space, Return of a Rocket, Surveying the Moon, Moon Rocket, Exploration of the Moon, Moon Base, Worlds to Explore, Mars, Venus, and Mercury.

 


Name Of Set: Space Mysteries
Manufacturer: Barratt
Issue Year: 1965
Card Number: 25
Card Titles: Saturns Rings, Is There Photographic Proof of Spaceships, Project Bluebook, Pilots and Spaceships, Airliners and Spaceships, Who Said Flying Saucer, Asteroids,Scotland 19th Century, Spaceships From the Sea, The Coniston Saucer, Mars, Ancient Egypt, Men To-Day And Spacemen, Indian Legends, Tragedy, Sky Drama, Spaceships From The Moon, Great Things In The Sky, An Early Saucer, Our Mystery Moon, Spaceships Landing In the Middle Ages, The Australian Saucer, The First American Sighting, The Sussex Spaceship, and The Space Spindles.

 


Name Of Set: Space Travel
Manufacturer: Granose Foods Ltd
Issue Year: 1957
Card Number: 16
Card Titles: -

 


Name Of Set: Moon Fleet
Manufacturer: T. Wall & Sons (Ice Cream) Ltd
Issue Year: 1967
Card Number: 48
Card Titles: Planet Earth, The Moon, Rockets - How They Work 1, Rockets - How They Work 2, Satellite Orbits, Vostok, Mercury, Gemini, Man In Space, Orbital Redezvous 1, Orbital Redezvous 2, Ranger Moon Probe, Moonflight Orbits, Surveyor, Moon In Close-up, Far Side of the Moon,  Moonflight Plan, Space Training 1, Space Training 2, Spaceport USA, On the Launch Pad, Awaiting Lift-Off, Lift-Off, In Parking Orbit, Weightlessness, Between Earth and the Moon, Apollo Mooncraft, Moonbug Seperation, Descent to the Moon, Touchdown, Men on the Moon, Lunar Lift-off, In Lunar Orbit, Return to Earth, Apollo Splashdown, Building a Space Station, Recoverable Boosters, Return to the Moon, The Lunar Base 1, The Lunar Base 2, Moon Tractor, Lunar Spaceport, The Solar System, Spaceship to Mars, Landing on Mars, Exploring Venus, Close to Jupiter, and Robots to Pluto.
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