This morning I was browsing through the New York Public Library's Digital Gallery and came across a neat collection of cigarette cards. In case you've never heard of cigarette cards, tobacco companies began printing them in the late 1800's to promote products and to help stiffen cigarette boxes. They were meant to be collectible, and covered a wide range of subjects, from theatre and sports stars to wildlife and boats.
This set, from 1922-1939, depicts Greyhound sport at various tracks in England. I found the captions interesting and was struck by how the hounds seem so revered.
Check out the lure.
This guy has feet just like Jackson's - big, with crazy long toes!
Hope you enjoyed the cards!
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