Thursday, March 10

I'll Trade Your Rhodesia For My Nyaasaland

Tobacco companies invented trading cards and baseball cards, which used to be known, simply, as cigarette cards. The NYPL Digital Gallery has cigarette cards for Rhodesia, featuring the arms of the British Empire. The verso of the card describes the image on the front.

Rhodesia cigarette card (image courtesy of NYPL)

It's hard to imagine British kids trading cigarette cards of the Dark Continent. But I guess there were no Gameboys then.