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1949 Turf Cigarettes Cards

From Britain.  Measure 1-3/8" X 2-5/8"

One of my favorites, perhaps because it reminds me of the 1938 Goudey Heads-Up baseball card set (which was always out of my price range).  Heck, maybe someone with Carreras liked those too, whatever the case they issued this set in 1949 on Turf Cigarettes packets.  The cards are found two to a pack and you can occasionally find the uncut packets up for sale on eBay.  Judging by the borders I see on some of these cuts I'm assuming they were also issued as single cards on packets.  They have plain blank backs, and since they were most often collected clipped from tobacco packets they are condition sensitive. 

Stars are shown in movie scenes, both current and already classic.

Since this is a set I particularly like I'm going to include thumbnails here (click to enlarge) of the entire set.  Please excuse the condition, some are much rougher than others!  A complete checklist appears following the first ten images.


#1 Charles Laughton


#2 James Cagney


#3 Jeannette MacDonald


#4 Alan Ladd


#5 Joan Crawford


#6 Deanna Durbin


#7 Lionel Barrymore


#8 Danny Kaye


#9 Robert Taylor


#10 Margaret O'Brien

#1 Charles Laughton
#2 James Cagney
#3 Jeannette MacDonald
#4 Alan Ladd
#5 Joan Crawford
#6 Deanna Durbin
#7 Lionel Barrymore
#8 Danny Kaye
#9 Robert Taylor
#10 Margaret O'Brien
#11 William Bendix
#12 Errol Flynn
#13 Myrna Loy

#14 Gary Cooper
#15 Katharine Hepburn
#16 Marlene Dietrich
#17 William Powell
#18 Jane Wyman
#19 Humphrey Bogart
#20 Dorothy Lamour
#21 Bob Hope
#22 Anton Walbrook
#23 Greer Garson
#24 Edward G. Robinson
#25 David Niven

#26 Jack Hawkins
#27 Christine Norden
#28 Bing Crosby
#29 Kieron Moore
#30 Judy Garland
#31 Spencer Tracy
#32 Paulette Goddard
#33 Barbara Stanwyck
#34 Clark Gable
#35 Betty Hutton
#36 Hector Ross
#37 Robert Donat
#38 Frank Sinatra

#39 Glynis Johns
#40 Fred Astaire
#41 Henry Fonda
#42 Gene Kelly
#43 Phyllis Calvert
#44 Charles Boyer
#45 Rhonda Fleming
#46 Walter Pidgeon
#47 Margaret Leighton
#48 Michael Denison
#49 Gregory Peck
#50 Bette Davis


#11 William Bendix


#12 Errol Flynn


#13 Myrna Loy


#14 Gary Cooper


#15 Katharine Hepburn


#16 Marlene Dietrich


#17 William Powell


#18 Jane Wyman


#19 Humphrey Bogart


#20 Dorothy Lamour


#21 Bob Hope


#22 Anton Walbrook


#23 Greer Garson


#24 Edward G. Robinson


#25 David Niven


#26 Jack Hawkins
 


#27 Christine Norden
 


#28 Bing Crosby
 


#29 Kieron Moore


#30 Judy Garland


#31 Spencer Tracy


#32 Paulette Goddard


#33 Barbara Stanwyck


#34 Clark Gable


#35 Betty Hutton


#36 Hector Ross


#37 Robert Donat


#38 Frank Sinatra


#39 Glynis Johns


#40 Fred Astaire


#41 Henry Fonda


#42 Gene Kelly


#43 Phyllis Calvert


#44 Charles Boyer


#45 Rhonda Fleming


#46 Walter Pidgeon


#47 Margaret Leighton


#48 Michael Denison


#49 Gregory Peck


#50 Bette Davis