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World’s 1st Car Ever and 1902 Motor Cars and Racing On Ogden’s Guinea Gold Cigarette Cards

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Transport has certainly come a long way over the last one-hundred odd years, from the horse drawn cart though to the indispensible modern-day motor car. OK, we’re not riding around in our own personal space ships, but motor cars have dramatically transformed our lives.

Deciding who invented the car, like with most inventions, depends on how you define it. Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot is believed to have built the first self-propelled mechanical vehicle, the Cugnot Steam Trolley in 1769. It is generally acknowledged that the first really practical automobiles with petrol/gasoline-powered internal combustion engines were completed almost simultaneously by several German inventors working independently: Karl Benz built his first car in 1885 in Mannheim.

Early 20th century ephemera, especially cigarette cards and trading cards, provide us with a window to some of the first ever motor cars. I have a collection of 1902 motor car cigarette cards, issued by Ogden’s under their Guinea Gold brand. In those days, it was not so obvious what would become the dominant standard, whether it was the electric, steam or petroleum car. The makers of petrol engine cars got the upper hand by investing heavily in mass-production techniques.

Ogden (Guinea Gold), New Series 1 B, 1902 (Just Motor Car Related Cards)

Includes:“The Smallest Motor Car”, Ricker on his Electric Car, The King In Hist Motor (King Edward VII), HM King Edward VII’s DAimler Motor Carriage, The King’s Motor Car, Misses Sevening and Edwardine, , Model of the first Motor ever made in America, Violet Vanbrugh, Mr. Weigel on his Motor Car, Motor Bus – Kilburn Marble Arch, Car of Sir Sydney Waterlow, Rougier Winner of a Race For Large Motors, Colomb on a Mors Car, Albert on a Darracq Car, Aubert on a Co Herean Car, De Montant on a Pengeot Car, Emery on Darracq Car, Laurent on a Brasier Car, Gordon Bennett Cup, A Mammoth Motor Car – 150HP, Pauline Chase & Nina Sevening & Adrienne Augarde & Carrie Moore, The Latest in Light Motor Cars, Louie Freear, Evie Greene and M May, Dust Trails Using Westrumite, Starley Car, His Majesty King Edward’s Daimler Motor Carriage, The Bertrand Motor Carraige, M. Charroy’s Panhard-Levassor, The Gordon-Brillie Landau, The Four Bridesmaids In Chinese Honeymoon, Mr JW Stocks on His Napier Car, L Movers on his Racing Car, M. Fournier’s Mors – The Winner of the Race From Paris to Berlin 1901

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WW1 Tank Forerunner Military Vehicles Armoured Cars Holt Caterpillar Tractor Cigarette Cards

WW1 Military Vehicles Armoured Cars WWI Tanks Holt Caterpillar Tractor
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“Everything that can be invented has been invented”. Those were the famous words allegedly spoken by a commissioner at the US Patent Office, 1899. They couldn’t have been more wrong. The first half of the 20th century spawned more profound inventions than at any other time in the history of mankind. I have the privilege of owning a set of WW1 Military Motor cigarette cards that give us a glimpse of that turbulent time. A time where television hadn’t been invented and radio broadcasting wasn’t mainstream, and colourless newspapers were mainly read by the wealthy, educated elite.

WW1 was one of the most horrific and deadly wars in living history, killing 9 million combatants in less than a decade. What I find amazing about human beings is how, in the face of death, they can transform a bad situation into an opportunity for creating something good. Many wars have provided a springboard for developing new technologies. The internet was conceived during the Cold War between the US and Soviet Union. As we type away at our computers, perhaps we should consider the millions of dead victims without whom we wouldn’t have this technology at our finger tips.

Cigarette cards provide a window to the past and this military motor set is no exception. Military tanks were first used at the battle of Somme in August 1916, just a month before this set of cards was passed by censor. The allies probably wanted the tank to remain a secret at this early stage and that might be why it isn’t featured in this card set. However, the first tank designs were inspired by the armoured military motors shown in this set, such as the caterpillar tractor.

Trench warfare was very dirty, in more ways than one, and one card shows mobile baths for cleaning soldiers and their clothes. WW1 motor mechanics were very resourceful and one card shows that London buses were converted into troop carriers. Another card reveals an ambulance converted from an old French taxi and an ordinary motor car transformed into a railway engine.

Weary soldiers at the front line needed refreshment and one card features a mobile restaurant and another one a Red Cross soup kitchen for the wounded.

A number of different ambulances for wounded soldiers are featured in this set but, unusually, it also reveals a horse ambulance. Horses were still commonly used in WW1 and many were badly injured. An x-ray ambulance is shown towards the end of the card set. One card reveals the importance of studying human diseases in WW1 in the form of a mobile laboratory.

Old and new communication technologies worked side-by-side, as demonstrated by a card featuring a messenger pigeon cote and another card showing a motor vehicle for transporting wireless telegraphy (radio communication) equipment.

Aircraft, like military tanks, were first used for military purposes in World War One. These early military aeroplanes were not totally reliable and one card features a motor car that was used to transport an aviation mechanic and spare parts. Another card shows a motor lorry designed especially for carrying deflated air balloons. Manned balloons were still used for observation purposes in WW1.

Wills, Military Motors, 1916 (50 cards)

Includes:WW1 anti aircraft gun motor,World War One armoured car with grapnel,WWI armoured tricycle,World War 1 caterpillar tractor (Holt Tractor),motor baths,motor buses,motor cycle,motor cycle maxim,motor fortress,motor horse ambulance,motor disease and epedemic laboratory,motor raft,motor restaurant,motor searchlight,motor soup kitchen,officer’s side car,wireless motor,motor lorry,motor searchlight,motor ambulance,Motor Ambulance Disguised,Motor Auto Gun,Motor Baloon Lorry,Motor Bus,Motor Cycle Ambulance,motor operating theatre,motor pigeon cote,motor railway engine,motor searchlight,motor tractor,motor wire cutter,king victor’s car,motor transports,wireless motor,armoured cars,motor postal car,motor repairing shop,x-ray ambulance,armoured cars,motor ambulance

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Scarce 1920’s Footballers Car Trading Cards by DC Thomson in 1929 Cliff Bastin Arsenal, Hughie Gallacher Chelsea FC

Very Scarce 1920's Football / Classic Car Double Sided Trading Cards by DC Thomson in 1929 Cliff Bastin - Arsenal, Hughie Gallacher - Chelsea FC
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Thomson, publishers of boy’s magazines/comics, wanted to appeal to the widest possible market and what better way to achieve this than by producing double sided cards featuring both talented Association Footballers of the day and coveted motor cars. Thomson was very brave in its experimentation with new and innovative trading card set designs. I believe this rare card series is the earliest double sided set ever to be issued.

Footballers featured include Cliff Bastin, who overcame his hearing disability to become one of Arsenal’s greatest forwards of all time, the talented Hughie Gallacher, who tragically ended his life by throwing himself under a train in 1957, and many other popular footballers from the 1920s.

The reverse of the set depicts legendary 1920’s classic cars by Bugatti, Rolls Royce, Buick, Daimler, Austin, Hillman, Wolseley and many more.

DC Thomson (Boy’s Comics / Magazines) , Footballers – Motor Cars (Double-Sided) , 1929 (24 cards)

Includes:Hughie Gallacher – Chelsea FC, J. Hampson – Blackpool Football Club, RGC Peden – Queen’s Park Rangers, Cliff Bastin – Arsenal, A McPherson – Liverpool FC, J Stein – Everton, T Lloyd – Bradford FC, R Williams – Swansea Town FC, A Cunliffe – Blackburn Rovers, P O’Dowd – Burnley FC, H Hibbs – Birmingham, S Weaver – Newcastle United FC, M Hooper – Sheffield Wednesday, J Connor – Sunderland FC, GH Smithies – Preston North End FC, J Easson – Portsmouth Fc, T Tait – Manchester City, D Duncan – Hull City, B Yorston, – Aberdeen, J Dunn – Sheffield United FC, A. Jackson – Huddersfield FC, D Gray – Rangers FC, S Littlewood – Oldham Athletic FC, ACJ German – Notts Forest FC, Arrol Aster 8 Car, Austin 20, Bentley Car, 1920’s Bugatti Motor Car, Buick, Daimler Double Six,, Duesenberg, Franklin, Hillman 8, Hispano Suiza, Isotta Fraschini, Lagonda, Lancia, Lea Francis, Mercedes Benz, Minerva, Morris Isis Six, Rolls Royce, Singer Six, Singer 6, Sunbeam Car, Wolseley Hornet, Trojan, Tracta Front

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