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February 20, 2007

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This is from my Dad’s shop, called Silverfish & Foxing. It’s one of a series of trading cards that came with Mecca Cigarettes, a brand that was around in the late 1800’s through the turn of the century. Baseball cards of today got their start as inserts in soft packs of cigarettes, a way to stiffen the pack so you wouldn’t crush your butts. This was before the modern era of hardpack cigarettes. Beautiful women, boxers and other sports stars, historical figures and wildlife were often featured in collectible sets put out by cigarette manufacturers.

3 Comments

  1. The woodcock is one of my favorite birds. That is actually an American Woodcock. Very nice.

    Comment by al — February 21, 2007 @ 9:02 am

  2. I didn’t know you were an ‘ornerythologist Al…What is it about this little creature you like so much? I’ve never seen one in the wild, i don’t think.

    Comment by jon — February 28, 2007 @ 2:51 pm

  3. i think he meant he woodlikecock. am i right al? been at sea too long?

    we miss you.

    Comment by sean-0 — March 1, 2007 @ 9:21 pm

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