Cigarette Cards


Collecting and trading cards has always been a popular hobby, particularly amongst young boys. Before the arrival of 'Bubble Gum' and more recently 'Pokemon' cards young boys collected cigarette cards. They were of course dependent on the goodwill of parents and grandparents, older grown up siblings, aunts, uncles and perhaps a kindly neighbour or two, to complete their collections.
In 1938 the usual array of film stars and sportsmen were replaced with cards depicting Air Raid Precautions. W.D. & H.O. Wills and W.A. & A.C. Churchman both produced similar sets. There were 50 cards in the Wills' series, but only 48 in the Churchman's series as these were of a larger format. Albums, costing 1d. (less than p), could be bought into which the cards could be placed.
The series illustrated below is by W.A. & A.C. Churchman.
Air Raid Precautions Title

A series of 48 Cards


Planning a Refuge

Choosing your refuge room

Rendering your refuge room gas-proof

Making a door
gas-proof

Window protection
 

Window protection against blast

Types of splinter-proof wall
 

Protecting your windows - a sandbag defence

Equipping your refuge room - A
 

Equipping your refuge room - B
 

A garden dug-out
 
 

Incendiary Bombs

Incendiary bomb and
its effect
 

Incendiary bomb
cooling down
 

Covering of
incendiary bomb
 

Removal of incendiary bomb with scoop and hoe

Extinction of
incendiary bomb
 

Fire Fighting

The stirrup hand pump
 
 

Two-men portable
manual fire pump in
action

A chain of buckets
 
 

Light trailer fire-pump
 

Light trailer fire-pump
in action

Medium trailer
fire-pump

Medium trailer
fire-pump in action

Emergency heavy
pump unit

Hose-laying lorry
 

Gas Attack

The civilian respirator
 

The civilian respirator -
How to adjust it

The civilian respirator -
How to remove it

The Civilian Duty
respirator

The Service respirator
 
 

A heavy anti-gas suit
 
 

Rubber clothing
 
 

Air Raid Warden
and civilian volunteer
despatch-rider

Volunteer mobile corps
(owner drivers)

A First Aid party
 

Supply depot for
respirators

Mobile gas vans
 

Civilian anti-gas school
 

Testing for gas
contamination

Decontamination
workers in training

Air Raid Precautions
badge

Air Defence

Representation of air
defence control room
 

Pilots running to
machines to take off
 

Gloucester Gauntlet
interceptor fighters
 

Representation of
balloon barrage for
defence of London

Anti-aircraft
searchlight

Anti-aircraft
sound locator

Height finder
 

Anti-aircraft gun
 

Churchman


Copyright 2002 Peter N. Risbey.