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1888 Duke "The Costumes of all Nations" Tobacco Advertising Banner
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $600
Full-color advertising banner (13.75 x 28 inches) issued in promotion of "The Costumes of all Nations" tobacco-card set issued by W. Duke Sons & Co., in 1888. These banners were produced by tobacco companies for display in tobacco stores to promote their particular brands and card issues. They are perhaps the most finely produced of all advertising displays relating to card collecting, and are considered by many to be the greatest prizes of all nineteenth-century tobacco-card collecting. The offered banner features a large image of famed actress Lillie Langtry in the center, surrounded by illustrations of fifty different cards from the set,. As noted in print along the top border, all of the costumes shown here are modeled by leading actors and actresses of the day. The text along the base advises patrons that these cards "Are Packed in the Boxes of Turkish Cross-Cut Cigarettes." The banner, which is complete with both its top and bottom metal runners, has been mounted to a cardboard backing and displays a large semicircular tear in the lower left corner (no paper loss), a chip in the upper right corner, tack holes in each corner, and a few moderate creases and tears. While technically in Good condition, the central portion of the piece is free of any significant defects and it presents at a higher level than its technically accurate grade would suggest. Framed to total dimensions of 18 x 33 inches.
Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $600
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