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Title

Cigarette Card depicting a photograph of 'Miss Dumont'

Dimensions

height: 8cm
width: 5.5cm

Inscription/signature

'Ogden's Guinea Gold Cigarettes'

Provenance

Donated by a member in September 2018

Other number

E0045

Bromide photographic cigarette card published by Ogdens for Ogden's Guinea Gold Tobbacco. Published between c.1899-1907. These belong to a set of 47 (24 of the larger size and 23 of the smaller size cards) depicting contemporary singers, dancers and actresses.

This card possibly depicts the American stage and film actress Margaret Dumont (1882-1965). she made her debut on stage in 'Sleeeping Beauty' in 1902, at the Chestnut Theatre in Philadelphia. After a break in her career on her marriage, she returned to the profession after the death of her husband, where she found fame as the comic foil to the Marx brothers.

Cigarette cards began life as a simple card used as a "stiffener" to help keep the cigarettes from damage. Tobacco companies soon realised that these could be used for advertisng and promoting brand loyalty and so began printing collectable pictures onto the "Stiffeners". Cigarette cards were produced in series of 25, 50, or 100 and the themes ranged from sport, entertainment, geography to personalities of the day.
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