Monday, January 17, 2011

From Long Ago

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!


Trina said...

Those are pretty cool. I wonder if any of our hounds can be traced back to those dogs? Very neat

Mad Red Hare said...

Very cool! I have seen some of these on e-bay before, but don't own any myself. I would love to have some though.

Hiking Hounds said...

Those are great! I love the "Massage" picture and the one of the guy jumping the hurdle with the dog. :-)

Kiwizoom said...

I really like that still reverie to them, combined with such oldness ^^ I thought this was going to be about the torture to them or something, but it has a good feel to it. If I had one of these, I'd keep it.

Michelle said...

Very neat!! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

The White City complex was a huge deal, back in the day. The stadium was originally built for the 1908 Olympics, and hosted greyhound racing from 1927 until the place was demolished in 1985. The Pogues wrote a song lamenting its passing: "All the torn-up ticket stubs of a hundred thousands mugs are washed away like dead dreams in the rain..."
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