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Dion Boucicault as a French Knight of the 18th Century, from the set Actors and Actresses, First Series (N70) for Duke brand cigarettes

Dion Boucicault as a French Knight of the 18th Century, from the set Actors and Actresses, First Series (N70) for Duke brand cigarettes

Issued by W. Duke, Sons & Co. (New York and Durham, N.C.)

Lithographer:
Lithography by Knapp & Company (American, New York)
Date:
1888–89
Medium:
Commercial color lithograph
Dimensions:
Sheet: 2 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (7 x 3.8 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick
Accession Number:
63.350.204.70.19
  • Description

    Trade cards from the "Actors and Actresses" First Series (N70), issued in a set of 50 cards in 1888-89 to promote W. Duke Sons & Co. brand cigarettes. This card is a rare error, or mis-printed, card identified by Jefferson Burdick. Although part of the Actors and Actresses Series 1, the back was printed with the information from Series 2.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Printed text along lower portion of car: DION BOUCICAULT,/ FRENCH KNIGHT/ OF 15th CENTURY.
    Printed text on verso of card [mis-printed. Series 2 backing on Series 1 card]: PORTRAITS OF OUR LEADING/ ACTORS AND ACTRESSES/ in the Costumes of All Nations,/ from 600 B.C. to the present time./ Packed in/ DUKE'S CIGARETTES/ [checklist of 50 actors included in series]/ The above 50 comprises Series No. 2./ Fifty other varieties in Series No. 1/ Knapp & Co., Lithographers, N.Y.

  • Provenance

    Donor: Jefferson R. Burdick (American, 1900–1963)

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