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Burning Old Letters, from the Postage Stamps series (N85) for Duke brand cigarettes

Publisher:
Issued by W. Duke, Sons & Co. (New York and Durham, N.C.)
Lithographer:
Schumacher & Ettlinger (New York)
Date:
1889
Medium:
Commercial color lithograph
Dimensions:
Sheet: 2 3/4 × 1 1/2 in. (7 × 3.8 cm)
Classifications:
Prints, Ephemera
Credit Line:
The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick
Accession Number:
63.350.204.85.5
Not on view
Trade cards from the "Postage Stamp Cards" series (N85), issued in a set of 50 cards in 1889 to promote W. Duke Sons & Co. brand cigarettes. Each card hosts a real postage stamp from around the world pasted onto a printed scene related to sending, delivering, or receiving a letter.
Inscription: Printed text along upper edge: BURNING OLD/ LETTERS
Postage stamp affixed at lower left
Printed text on verso of card: POSTAGE STAMPS/ PACKED IN/ DUKE'S CIGARETTES/ We pack in each box of our/ Cigarettes one of this series/ of fifty handsome picture-/ cards, illustrating mail.../ matters, and paste on each/ A GENUINE FOREIGN POSTAGE STAMP/ from a collection of over a/ thousand varieties, ranging in/ value from ONE CENT TO TWO DOLLARS/ & FIFTY CENTS each. Not only the/ beginner, but the owner of a/ large collection will find a-/ mongst our stamps such/ as he could never find before./ W. DUKE SONS & CO./ DURHAM, N.C./ & NEW YORK./ SCHUMACHER & ETTLINGER, N.Y.
Jefferson R. Burdick; Donor: Jefferson R. Burdick (American, 1900–1963)
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