Lot 53. 16 Vintage Valentine Cards with a Baseball Theme. These cards are predominantly from the 1950s and 1960s. Almost all are pictured. Their size ranges from approximately 2” x 4” to 4.5” x 7”. Some have writing on their backs, which typically are blank. Some have moveable parts. Without the writing on the back considered, these cards are primarily ex or better.
Winning Bid $30
Lot 413. 7 Vintage Valentine Cards with a Football Theme Plus 1 Croquet and 2 Baseball. Valentine cards with a football theme are much scarcer than baseball Valentines. Primarily from the 1950s and 1960s, these cards range in size from approximately 2” x 4” to 5” x 7.5”. All are pictured. Some have writing on their backs, which typically are blank. Some have moveable parts. These Valentines are ex to ex-m. We have not considered the back writing in grading them.
Minimum Bid $20
Lot 649. 28 Vintage U.S. and 13 Car Postcards, Paris and Old Car Photos, and “The Queen’s English.” Planes, trains and automobiles – and much more – make up this collection. VINTAGE POSTCARDS: These 28 postcards are primarily from the early 1900s through the 1940s. We describe them by decade based on postmarks and other information. These cards are in color unless otherwise noted. Pre-1910s – Seven, including four black & white -- Two copies, “New York as Seen from Fall River Line Boats” with “‘Priscilla’ Leaving Pier at New York,” both postmarked 1906. Vg. Both have some written correspondence on the border. Couple hugging in a car, “When ignorance is bliss, ‘tis folly to be wise,” 1909 postmark. Vg-ex. Ironically, in a message on the reverse, the sender writes: “Hello! Dan why don’t you answer my post cards.” Train, “At the Burling Station Odell Nebr,” p-f. Color cards are -- “Car Trestle, Natick, R.I.,” 1909 postmark, message on the back, vg. “New Rail Road Station, Bridgeport, Conn.,” 1907 postmark, writing in bottom front border, g-vg. And “Union Station, Portland, Maine,” 1909 postmark, g+ to vg. 1910s – Both of these cards are borderless: “Rutland, Vt., Railroad Station,” printed in Germany, unused, ex-m, and “James Street Incline Railway, Hamilton, Ont., Canada,” printed in Great Britain, small scuffs on the back; otherwise, ex and unused. “Municipal and Woolworth Bldgs., New York,” postmarked but date unreadable, vg-ex. And “D. & H. Station, Oneonta, N.Y.,” apparently with a 1912 postmark, g+. 1920s – These two cards are borderless, have a chrome appearance, and are from Acmegraph Co. of Chicago and unused: “504. Van Buren Street Viaduct, Chicago,” vg, and “Dearborn St. North from Van Buren Chicago,” g+. And a four-panel fold-out postcard, approximately 3.5” x 22”, “Campus, University of Maine, Orono, ME.,” note written on two panels on the back, one panel detached, otherwise a nice vg. 1930s – “Cunard White Star” ship by Kenneth Shoesmith, printed in England, unused, ex. “Promenade Deck, S. S. North American & South American,” schedule for a “Week’s Cruise on Four Lakes” on the back, vg. And “Famous French Market, New Orleans, LA.,” linen, unused, ex-m. 1940s – Real photos -- “Market St. Showing Four Car Tracks San Francisco,” military stamp and note from a private on the back, vg-ex. “The Ringling Mansion, Sarasota, FLA,” #M1121, unused, ex+. “Mable Ringling’s Bedroom,” #2-A-187,” unused, vg+ to ex, and “Feeding Time – Marine Studios – On Fla. A1A – Marineland, Fla.,” #2-D-13,” unused, ex. And linen – “C-3 Looking North on ‘G’ Avenue, Douglas, Arizona,” Curteich, unused, ex. “Main Street,” Bar Harbor, ME.,” 1941 postmark, vg+ to ex. “Old ‘Bill’ Pelican, St. Petersburg, Florida P-163,” Tichnor, some light toning on the unused back, ex. “It’s a Lot of Bull About Being Peaceful…,” comic postcard, unused, vg-ex. And “Jimmie’s Spaghetti House” in Madison, WI., ex+. 1950s or Later: “Madison Square Garden, New York City,” 1952 postmark, vg+. “Rip Van Dam Hotel-Motel,” Sarasota Springs, N.Y., unused, vg-ex. And “Skegness is So Bracing,” Drumahoe Graphics, unused, vg+. CAR POSTCARDS: Promotional cards including 1959 Rambler Custom Cross Country vg+, 1970s Ford Courier (2), 1970s Ford Club Wagon, apparent 1974 Ford or Mercury Capri 2800 V-6, 1976 Buick Estate Wagon, 1979 Ford Bronco, 1979 Ford Fiesta 3-Door, and 1980 Ford: Pickup, Econoline, Fairmont, another Pickup and an F-350. Except for the Rambler, these cards average ex-m to nm. Only the Capri postcard has been used. PARIS PHOTOS: Packet of 20 “Paris Photographies Artistiques” 2.5” x 3.5” b&w photos, probably from the 1950s, showing Paris architecture, including the Eifel Tower, Notre Dame, the Basetille and the Arc de Triomphe (Arch of Triumph). Ex to ex-m photos in a p original envelope. OLD CAR PHOTOS: Three 3.5” x 5” photos the same of two Studebaker President vehicles, one a 1932 convertible roadster and the other, a 1938 convertible sedan. All three are nm, each with an identifying sticker on the back. THE QUEEN’S ENGLISH: From the Travel and Tourism Division of Raleigh, NC, a 24-page “Dictionary” to help visitors with the dialect and expressions of North Carolinians. Ex+ cover with nm pages.
Minimum Bid $50
Lot 650. 101 Ogden’s 1901 and 1902 Tab Cigarette Cards from 13 Series or Sets. A total of 97 different cards. Each has a black & white photo on the front. Almost all have a brief description on the back. Fifty-eight are from six different 1901-02 “General Interest” series: Series A (3 cards), including Charles Dickens and a cricket bowler (“pitcher”). Series B (13 cards), including London Bridge, military leaders, actresses, bull fighting, a Zulu war dance, a cyclist, and a kangaroo and wallaby. Series C (14), ships, horses, elephants, train engines and actresses. Series D (23, 1 duplicate), dogs, horses, ships and sailors. Series F (3), a lion, horses and sailors. And from a Series of 120 (2 cards), an actress and the Bank of England. The other sets are: Imperial Interest (1 card), Major Vaux. Imperial or International Interest (20), primarily military leaders and scenes, and two photos from China. International Interest (2), Queen Victoria and King Edward VII. International Interest or Prominent British Officers (5). Leading Artistes of the Day (1). Leading Generals at the War (10, 2 duplicates). Leading Generals at the War, no description on the back, 4 cards. Vg to vg-ex, with some cards grading lower, and some higher.
Winning Bid $61
Lot 651. 6 W.D. & H.O. Wills Sets Featuring Coats of Arms – Borough, British Empire, Companies, Foreign Cities. Each set or series consists of 50 cards, accounting for 300 in this collection. Three series of 50 cards each are from “Borough Arms” set. Each series, issued in 1905, has a colorful coat of arms for an English borough, city or town. The back describes the history and significance of the elements in the coat of arms. The coats of arms for Great Britain & Ireland, England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland are among these series. The three other sets have a similar format. In 1910, Wills distributed the “Arms of the British Empire” set, which displays the coats of arms for countries, provinces and cities around the globe, and even some businesses – the Hudson Bay Company, the East India Company, Cape Town, Rhodesia, Bermuda, Nova Scotia, Commonwealth of Australia, British Columbia, Jamaica, Calcutta, New Zealand, Tasmania, Canada, etc. The 1912 “Arms of Foreign Cities” set includes Vienna, Copenhagen, New York, Athens, Rome, Paris, Berlin, Moscow and others. And from 1913, “Arms of Companies,” which represent professions or skills, rather than specific companies – Butchers, Clothmakers, Fishmongers, Bakers, Playing-Card Makers, Musicians, Plumbers, Blacksmiths, Weavers, Brewers, Barber-Surgeons, etc. The cards present attractive artwork and intriguing information. The second and third series cards in the “Borough Arms” set are ex. Cards from the other sets are generally vg-ex to ex.
Minimum Bid $40
Lot 652. 1911-12 T99 “Sights and Scenes of the World” Partial Set of 35 Cards. From a set of 50, this partial set comprises 35 different cards plus five duplicates. Twenty-six cards are slightly trimmed, most by 1/16” to 1/8”. Size variations in issues from this era occasionally occur. The “Sport Americana” size given for these cards in 1981 is 2-3/8” x 3-7/16”. The following 14 cards vary slightly in size but show no signs of trimming. Four cards in this group of 14 are 2-3/8” or slightly larger by approximately 1/32” short of the 3-7/16” figure: The Alps vg+, the Colosseum vg+, the Geysers in Yellowstone g+ to vg and the Leaning Tower of Pisa vg+ to ex. Seven are 2-3/8” x 3-3/8”: The Arch of Triumph, the Grand Opera House Paris, the Pyramids, Ruins of Pompeii, St. Gotthard Tunnel, the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey; these cards average vg to vg-ex. Two are 1/32” short of 2-3/8” and measure slightly more than 3-3/8”: The Great Sphinx g and the Library of Congress vg with a stain. And one card is slightly short of 2-3/8” and measures 3-3/8”: The Fourth Bridge, Scotland g. Among the slightly trimmed cards, with grades for their as-trimmed appearance, are the Cathedral of Notre Dame vg, the Eifel Tower ex, the Grand Canyon vg-ex, Niagara Falls ex, the Rock of Gibraltar vg-ex, the Statue of Liberty vg+, the Wall of China ex, the Washington Monument vg-ex and Westminster Abbey vg+. The unlisted cards average vg+. Thirty-one of the 35 cards and three duplicates (34 total) have advertising on the back for both Pan Handle Scrap and Royal Bengals. The cards with only Pan Handle Scrap are the Colosseum, the Geysers in Yellowstone, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Library of Congress (in the group of 35), as well as the Alps and the Lakes of Killarney (duplicates).
Winning Bid $20
Lot 653. 4 Will’s Cigarettes Flower Card Sets –Roses, Alpine Flowers, Garden Flowers and Flowers in Pots. Each set consists of 50 cards, each 1 3/8” x 2 5/8” with color fronts and descriptions on the back. Together, these sets provide a tutorial on flowers. The 1926 “Roses” set pictures 50 varieties of roses and typically provides a description of the rose, how to care for it and some information on its history. Pernetiana, Polyantha, Hybrid Tea, Wichuraiana, Hybrid Perpetual, Climbing Polyantha and Climbing Hybrid Tea roses are described. The earliest card set, from 1910, features “Old English Garden Flowers.” Flowers range from Asters to Wallflowers and include the Chrysanthemum, Fuchsia, Foxglove, Opium Poppy, Dahlia and some obscure varieties. Among the 1913 “Alpine Flowers” are the Alpine Rose, Cauline Thistle, Bird’s-Eye Primrose, Ox-Eye, Creeping Forget-Me-Not, Alpine Catchfly, etc. The 1925 “Flower Culture in Pots” set presents details on potting and caring for the various plants, such as Hedgehog Cactus, Fuchsia, Gloxinia, Hydrangea, Orchid, Solanum and Vallota (Scarborough Lilly). These sets are vg-ex to ex.
Winning Bid $25
Lot 654. 2 Sets of Bird Cards – “British Birds” and “Birds & Their Young.” Both 50-card sets have color photos or illustrations on the front and information about the bird on the back. In 1915, the W.D. & H.O. Wills Cigarette Co. produced the “British Birds” set. Bird range from the Blackbird to the Yellow Wagtail with various types of finches and warblers, as well as the Yellow Hammer, Wryneck, Tree-Creeper, Redwing, Dipper, Corn-Crake and Nightjar. The “Birds & Their Young” (Eire) set is a 1937 premium from John Player & Sons. The set has adhesive backs. Female and male birds are distinguished in this set, which includes Bullfinches, Buzzards, a Cormorant, Golden Eagles, Nightingale, Ring Ouzels, Stonechats, Mute Swans, and Warblers and Thrushes. These sets generally are vg-ex to ex.
Winning Bid $10
Lot 655. 3 Rare 1920s Aicardi (I-Car-De) Mayonnaise Films Stars Cards Including Lillian Gish. These 2 3/16” x 3 3/8” green-tone cards are from a set of 14, plus two variations. They were issued by James A. Aicardi & Sons of Boston. Gish, whose career spanned 1912-87, was known as the “First Lady of American Cinema.” A leading actress of the 1910s and 1920s, she starred in various W. D. Griffith films. She received an Honorary Academy Award in 1971, f-g. The stars of the two other cards are Malcolm McGregor, who appeared in 55 movies from 1922-36, and Theodore Roberts, who performed in early Cecil B. DeMille movies. Both are vg+.
Winning Bid $20
Lot 656. 2 Card Sets Featuring Ships – 1936 Dominion “Old Ships,” 1924 Wills “Merchant Ships of the World.” Fifty cards make up the Wills set. These cards have color fronts, each with a ship, and descriptive backs. Among the ships are the T.S.S. California, the S.S. Empress of Australia, the S.S. Empress of Canada, the S.S. France, the R.M.S. Nieuw Amsterdam, the R.M.S. Rotterdam, the R.M.S.P. Ohio, the S.S. America, the S.S. Pittsburgh and 41 more. The Dominion Tobacco offering is the Fourth Series of its “Old Ships.” The 25 cards have fronts printed in blue and informational backs. The old ships include the Queen Mary, Star of Italy, Kinfauns Castle, China, Mexican and City of Richmond. Many are sailing ships built in the 1870s and 1880s. Cards in the 1936 Dominion “Old Ships” set average ex to ex-m. Several cards in the 1924 Wills “Merchant Ships of the World” set have creases; the set averages vg-ex to ex, with some cards grading lower, and some higher.
Winning Bid $35
Lot 657. 1926 Wills Cigarettes “Wonders of the Past” Card Set. Fifty cards with color photographs or illustrations on the fronts and informational backs constitute this set. The “wonders” are from Africa, Asia and Europe: The Great Pyramid of Cheops, the Sphinx of Giza, an Easter Island image, Nineveh, the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, the Bronze Buddha at Kobe, the Parthenon, Solomon’s Temple at Jerusalem, the Colosseum and 40 more. Vg+ to ex.
Winning Bid $10
Lot 658. Scarce, Attractive Millhoff De Reszke Cigarettes 1927 “Roses” Set of 25 Cards. These 2 ½” x 3 1/8” cards have colorful images of roses against a black background. The backs describe the plant and its uses. The varieties include the Carmine Pillar, Iceberg, Blush Rambler, Madame Melanie Soupert, Sunburst, John Ruskin, Irish Elegance, British Queen, Braiswick Charm and 15 more. Vg-ex to ex.
Minimum Bid $25
Lot 659. 1928 Wills Cigarettes “Cinema Stars,” Second Series of 25 Cards. Nicely presented portraits of Mary Astor, Betty Balfour, Richard Barthelmess, Madge Bellamy, Clara Bow, Betty Bronson, Priscilla Dean, Billie Dove, Henry Edwards, Leatrice Joy, Alice Joyce, Laura La Plante, Rod La Rocque, Percy Marmont, May McAvoy, Adolphe Menjou, Lois Moran, Antonio Moreno, Mae Murray, Pola Negri, Anna Q. Nilsson, Norma Shearer, Blanche Sweet, Norma Talmadge and Victor Varconi. Each performer is profiled on the back of the card. Vg-ex to ex.
Winning Bid $20
Lot 660. Variety of 1930s Non-Sport Cards (5). Includes two scarce 1930 R91 Federal Sweets & Wafer Co. “Minute Biographies” (Stephen Foster and Pocahontas) both vg, one 1933 Goudey “Indian Gum” Series of 192 (#38 Sitting Bull) f, one 1933 World Wide Gum “Sea Raider” (#19 Captain Mission) p-f and one 1936 Pac-Kups “Jolly Roger Pirates Cards” (Treasure Map) f-g.
Winning Bid $45