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card sets produced by Wills Cigarettes

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W.D. & H.O. Wills were a British tobacco company founded in Bristol in 1786 by Henry Wills. His sons, William Day and Henry Overton ran the company following his death in the 1820s.

n 1887, Wills became the first company to issue cards in their cigarette packets, although these were actually advertisments for their other products printed on the pack 'stiffener'. The stiffeners were an extra piece of card placed in the pack to help protect the cigarettes. When it been clear that people were collecting the different advertisment cards, they followed the lead of Ogdens and issued a set of 25 cards featuring ships in 1895.

In 1896 they produced a set of 50 cricketers - the first to feature sportsmen, and in 1902 they produced a set of 66 football cards. The players were featured in their Sunday best suits or in their team shirts.

As the collecting of cards took off between the wars, the different companies produced better and better quality cards. The 1935 and 1939 sets of Association Footballers featured colour portrait paintings of 50 footballers, and are as good a record of the kits and players as any photo from the time.

Sets were produced until the Second World War, after which paper shortages meant that a lot of the companies that survived simply stopped producing cards.



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Alexander Boguslavsky Ltd

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Anglo Confectionery Ltd

Ardath

Associated Press

Barclays

Barratt

Bassett

BAT

Beanstalk

Blackcat

Boys Magazine

Boys Own Paper

BPMCC

Brigham & Co

Bucktrout & Co

Cadet Sweets

Caplin & Rosetti

Carreras

Charlton Athletic

Chix

Chums

Churchman

Clevedon

Cohen Weenen

Comet Sweets

Daily Sketch

DC Thomson

de Beukelaer Biscuits

Dickson Orde

Evening Mail Sports Argus

F.B.S.1

FKS Publishers

Fleetway

Footballer Magazine

Futera

Gallaher

Godfrey Phillips

Golden Wonder

Howard Talbot Photography

J & F Bell

J Lees

J Millhoff & Co Ltd

J. A. Pattreiouex

Jay Dees Newsagents

John Player & Sons

John Sinclair

Kane Products

Kellogs

Kiddys Favourites

Laceys

Lambert & Butler

Leaf Confectionery

Magic Box Int.

Master Vending Machine Company

Merlin

Mirror

Mitcham Foods

Mobil

Nabisco Foods

Nelson Lee Library

NSS

Ogdens

Orbis

P.A. Adolph

Pals

Panini

Philip Neill

Pilot

ProSet

R & J Hill

Rockwell Publishing

Rockwells

Scerris Cigarettes

Scotties

Shoot Magazine

Sigma Sports

Singletons

Soccer Bubble Gum

Southend United

Spiro Valeri

Sport and Adventure

Sportfoto

Sunday Empire

Swindon Town

Taddy

Texaco

The Boys Friend

The Gem Library

The Hotspur

Topical Times

Topps

Transimage

Triumph

Ty-Phoo

West Midlands Collectors

Wills Cigarettes

Wizard

 
The DT92 Card Museum currently contains cards from the following sets:
 
  1902 'Football Series' Number of cards: 41 (1 to 41)



 
  1907 'Football Teams (Scissors)' Number of cards: 50 (1 to 50)



 
  1914 'Famous Footballers (Scissors backs)' Series: 1 Number of cards: 50 (1 to 50)



 
  1935 'Association Footballers' Number of cards: 50 (1 to 50)



 
  1939 'Association Footballers' Number of cards: 50 (1 to 50)



 
   

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