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Heraldic Tobacco (Cigarette) Cards

Cigarette (tobacco) cards were issued by tobacco companies as advertising in their packages. Originally added to provide strength to the package, but at the end of the 19th century the companies realised the advertisment value of these inserts. These cards were issued mainly until 1940, but some companies continued to isse cards in later years.

Cigarette cards were especially popular in the US and the former British Empire (UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa...), and less in other countries. In many other countries the tobacco companies issued stamps rather than cards, and they often issued special albums for the stamps or cards (see the Heraldic albums section for albums issued by tobacco manufacturers.

Although over 13000 different series of cigarette cards are known, only a small number actually deals with heraldic items.

Series by individual companies

American Tobacco Co - National Flags and Arms
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J & F Bell - Rigsvaabener
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W.O. Bigg & Co - Flags of all nations
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Camler Tobacco Co. - Arms of Maltese families
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Carreras - Flags and Arms no image available
Cavanders UK School Badges
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Cope - Arms, Flags and Types of Nations
Burma.cope.jpg
Dexter's - UK Borough arms
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J. Duncan & Co - Scottish clans, arms of chiefs
Davidson.dun.jpg
Edwards, Ringer and Bigg - Flags of all nations
Portugal.erb.jpg
Farro - Arms of Maltese families
Huber.farro.jpg
Fedora - Arms of countries
Uruguay.fedo.jpg
Ferriolo - Arms and flags of countries
2-portugal.fer.jpg
Giraf - Danske Byvaabener
Roskilde.gir.jpg
Helmar - State Seals and National Coats of Arms
Arizona.hel.jpg
James & Co. - Coats of arms of countries
Egypt.jam.jpg
Kinney Bros. - Military Series
Iowa.kin.jpg
A. Kuit Ltd - Coats of arms of Cambridge colleges no image available
A. Kuit Ltd - Coat of arms of Companies no image available
Lambert & Butler - Danske Byvaabner
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Lambert & Butler - Kings & Queens of England
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Laurens (Villes de France)
Tours.lau.jpg
The Malta Cigarette Company - Arms of Maltese families
Scicluna.mci.jpg
Mitchell Town Seals
Bolton.mit.jpg
B. Morris & Sons - National and Colonial Arms
Barbados.mor.jpg
Partagas - Spanish city arms
Chert.par.jpg
Godfrey Phillips - Arms of the English Sees
Norwich.pse.jpg
Godfrey Phillips - School Badges
Rugby.psb.jpg
John Player & Sons - Countries Flags and Arms
John Player & Sons - Country Seats and Arms
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John Player & Sons - National Flags and Arms (see the Heraldic albums section)
I. Rutter & Co. - Girls, flags and arms of countries
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Taddy& Co - Heraldry Series
Rutland.tad.jpg
Thomson & Porteous - Coats of arms of British Towns
Elgin.thp.jpg
United Tobacco Co (South Africa) Ltd. - South African Coats of Arms
Ermelo.zaf.jpg
United Tobacco Co (South Africa) Ltd. - Arms and crests of universities and schools of South Africa
Gill.zafs.jpg
Wills's - Borough arms I
Leicester.wb1.jpg
Wills's - Borough arms II
Berwick.w2.jpg
Wills's - Borough arms III
Ashton.wb3.jpg
Wills's - Borough arms IV
Forfar.wb4.jpg
Wills's - Arms of Companies
Turners.wco.jpg
Wills's Foreign Cities
Leyden.wfc.jpg
Wills's - Arms of of Public Schools (small)
Liverpool.wsc.jpg
Wills's - Arms of of Public Schools (large)
Wills's Arms of the Bishopric
Aberdeen.wbi.jpg
Wills's - Arms of the British Empire (small)
Gibraltar.wes.jpg
Wills's - Arms of the British Empire (Australia)
Bermuda.wesa.jpg
Wills's - Arms of the British Empire (large) " height="150">
Wills's - Arms of Oxford and Cambridge Colleges
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Wills's - Arms of Universities
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Wills's - Heraldic Signs & their Origin
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Wills's - Ships' Badges
Ambrose.wsb.jpg
Wills's (Australia) - Crests and colors of Australian universities, colleges and schools
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