Mardon Son & Hall Playing Cards
The Wills Tobacco Promotion of 1933Tobacco companies have been issuing insert cards since 1875 and collecting cigarette cards is a popular hobby. Some companies have issued cigarette cards that look like miniature playing cards or with playing card indices on them, several depicting 'beauties of the day'. But in 1933 WD & HO Wills, one of the founding companies of Imperial Tobacco, came up with a special promotion.
|A full size joker with a sample of the miniatures|
|Mardon Son & Hall with anonymous Ace, the Spade courts and a joker. 2 or 4 indices|
|A Mardon box and duty sealed deck of cards with the rare inscription on the duty wrapper. Incidentally 'Linen finish' simply refers to a paper finishing looking slightly like material, the cards are made of layers of paper.|