Trading Cards, 1880-1986

Scope and content:

The Trading Cards series contains both cigarette and non-cigarette collectible cards acquired and assembled by Terence Mitchell. The earliest cards are from the late nineteenth century; this portion of the series includes assorted miscellaneous cards from various sets and sources. They have not been itemized and are foldered together in the Nineteenth Century Cards subseries. That subseries also contains some examples of cigarette company coupons and prize tickets. The bulk of the series dates from the twentieth century, and includes Mitchell's collectible cards from both the tobacco industry and other products such as tea, chocolate, and oil. Mitchell pursued the entire set when available, and then donated them to Rubenstein pre-sorted into various categories he established. There are no cards from Topic 11: Circus and no cards from Topic 29: Police, so these numbers have been skipped in the ensuing description.


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