I love vintage cigarette cards, and have written about them here on our blog previously. I really enjoy the illustrations on the cards and their miniature size. I also love the variety!
I’ve mentioned in previous articles that cigarette cards date back to 1875 in the U.S. The cards were used as advertising and to help stiffen the package of cigarettes. The cards were usually created in sets of 25 or 50 cards, although some sets of 100 cards were also produced. The themes of the cards vary quite a bit – from celebrities to sports figures, nature, historical events, military heroes and uniforms, royalty, and so much more.
Cigarette cards are collectible, and some are very valuable. I love finding new cigarette cards to add to my collections.
With Spring in the air and Summer approaching, here is a collection of cards with a floral theme from around the 1920s. This collection is called “Floral Beauties and the Language of Flowers”. Each card shows a particular flower along with the meaning of that flower. The cards were produced by the W. Duke & Sons Co. and were packaged inside Duke cigarettes.
Each card in this series of 50 has the same card back, as shown here.
Because these cards are now in the public domain, go ahead and save these digital images and feel free to use them in your scrapbooks, journals, and other altered art or collage work – either in digital format or print them and use the printed copies. I think these cards would make delightful plant markers for your flower gardens, too!
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Floral Beauties and the Language of Flowers
To view each card below individually, just click on the card. From there, you can save the image for your use.
Here are the meanings of each flower shown above:
American Beauty Rose, timidity
Bridal Rose, happy love
Canterbury Bells, constancy
China Aster, versatility
Clematis, mental beauty
Forget-Me-Not, forget me not
Gillyflower, unfading beauty
Gladiola, on the defensive
Jack Rose, bashful love
Lilacs, first love
Morning Glories, bonds of affection
Moss Rose, confession of love
Narcissus, self love
Orange Blossum, maidenly reserve
Pomegranate, come to me
Snowball, thoughts of heaven
Sweetpeas, goodbye sweetheart!
Tea Rose, jealousy
Tulip, a declaration of love
Wild English Daisy, daintiness
Wild Rose, poetry
Wild Violet, candor
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