Rare 1893 Tobacco Cards from the Columbian Congress of Beauty on the Midway Plaisance
We had never heard of these terrific tobacco trading cards from the Columbian Expo until we discovered this group earlier in the year. After consulting with tobacco card experts and many Columbian collectors, only two people knew of the 50-card set. Not surprising, they were the two people who also discovered them recently and were now collecting them. One has but a half dozen; the other, more fastidious in his search is only a handful away from completing the set (after purchasing five from The History Bank). If you are a nonsports card collector, you likely have not heard of this set either; it has not been catalogued. Tobacco cards are famous for some of the earliest baseball legends who were portrayed in pre-World I years. Victorian tobacco cards focused on actresses, "pretty ladies," wives of presidents and a lot of flowers and animals. It made sense that someone would think to show the stars of the Congress of Beauty, the Midway concession that advertised "40 Beautiful Ladies from 40 different countries." And the American Tobacco Co. managed to find FIFTY from 50 countries. But then some of the countries are a bit unusual, such as "California." This is an incredibly rare group of cards we suspect cannot be found in ANY Columbian collections. We're offering these at just $42 each and you can select the card(s)/country you would like from the drop-down menu (under OPTIONS). For anyone collecting myriad different color advertising cards from the WCE, this is a unique opportunity to add to that collection. It would also be a fine addition to a collection of cards of actresses or pretty ladies of the nineteenth century.