This week there was no fun and excitement for me, but you get your Saturday newsletter, well on time.
I miss that fun and excitement though......
Now this week we have some unusual cards for you and again we welcome your input on any of them, especially those of which it is very obvious that I am beginning to waffle.
So lets start our journey for this week, which comes courtesy of a super spaceman, a Flemish Figuratist, a tank`s triumph, a solo skipper, some female fiction, an Australian ace, and a purchasing protest.
T.C.G. / Topps [trade : O/S : USA] “Astronauts” (1963) 11/55 - R709-6
Lets start with a flight of fancy, for today, a hundred years ago, in 1923 Alan Bartlett Shepherd was born. He became a U.S. Navy test pilot, and then joined the astronaut program in 1959, becoming the first American in space on May 5th, 1961.
This set was issued in 1963, so it does not mention that he later returned to space as part of the Apollo programme and in 1971 became only the fifth person to walk on the surface of the Moon. He also became the oldest, at the age of 47. And the first to play golf there. And this was despite the fact that an ear disease led to him being desk-bound from 1963 until 1968, when it was corrected by a surgical procedure.
This set was designed to showcase the first mission, called Project Mercury, and it does very well at capturing the excitement that most children felt about the "space race", as it was called, the battle to be the first country to put people into space, often with no idea of how to return them, or what they would be like if they did come back. Indeed Project Mercury was not going to the moon, just into orbit and back. And it lasted fifteen minutes.
Another big plus was that the back of the cards are 3D images, which exploded into life when viewed through the special glasses which were in every packet of the cards. These glasses were made of cardboard and had one blue eye and one red eye in a kind of cellophane. The blue square was for the right eye and the red one for the left. And the glasses also carried the wonderfully exciting inscription "Longer you look, more you see". How could anyone resist!
There is one strange thing about this set, and that is that the packaging calls the cards "Astronaut Pictures". They cost 5 cents a pack, including gum. Not sure how many were in a pack though, it does not appear on them. Anyone know?
Check out the check list, and see the packaging for yourself at the Trading Card Database / Astronauts. You can also see the fifty cards that are known to show Alan B. Shephard - and note the "Popsicle" cards, which is indeed this very set, but with a much scarcer back printing
To close, collectors of political cartophily might like to know that one of these cards shows President John F. Kennedy, shaking the hand of John Glenn.
Godfrey Phillips & Sons [tobacco : UK] “Busts of Famous People” untitled (1907) 12/50 – P521-.C : P50-17.C : Ph/46 [RB.13/46]
Today in 1798, the Rijksmuseum was founded in The Hague, moving to Amsterdam in 1808. And along the way it has managed to acquire almost four hundred works of this man, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn - paintings, drawings, and prints, including self portraits. However that is but a teardrop in his work, which is estimated to cover almost three thousand items.
Our man was born in 1606 and died in 1669, not a very long life. And even sadder he died penniless. You can read of his story at Wikipedia/Rembrandt.
It appears that his work first appeared on a Liebig set called "Episodes from the Lives of Famous Painters (F.794 / S.771). This was issued in 1904, in Dutch, French, German and Italian, and it does have a portrait, in the middle above the two large circular images. That was just three years before our set was issued.
However of the hundred and thirty-eight cards of him recorded by the Trading Card Database / Rembrandt he features in only four different sets that are recorded as having been issued before 1940. That may be true of his visage, but his paintings must appear much more frequently; indeed you can see a few of those courtesy of the New York Public Library / Rembrandt. And Ardath Tobacco Company alone issued two very relevant sets "Rembrandt Series", and "Hollandsche Oude Meesters".
Now we may have had this set before but there are variations so hopefully that is one of the others. This first appears in our Godfrey Phillips reference book RB.13, issued in 1949, described as :
46. 50. BUSTS OF FAMOUS PEOPLE (adopted title). Small cards, size 62 x 36 m/m. Fronts per Fig.26, lithographed in colour, inscribed at base “Patent 20736”. Bust cut-out to stand, in accordance with instructions on back. Pre 1908 issue. Backs with descriptive text, issued in two colours :-
A. Green back.
B. Brown back.
Our World Tobacco Issues Indexes list them slightly differently, and adds another colour… This description reads:
BUSTS OF FAMOUS PEOPLE (A). Sm. 62 x 36. Cut-outs. Nd. (50).
A. Back in pale green. Captions on front in black
B. Back in brown. Captions on front in black
C. Back in olive-green. Captions on front in white, inscribed “Patent 20736”
However this rather begs the question why the Patent Number is now only one one of the colourways rather than two. Any ideas?
Stephen Mitchell & Son [tobacco : UK] “A Model Army” (1932) 25/30 – M757-620 : M122-37
Today in 1917 saw strange lumbering beasts fighting at the Battle of Cambrai.
Now this card tells us that the tank, or His Majesty`s Land Ship, first saw action at Flers on September the 15th 1916, and that is correct, but today`s date marks an attack which brought many tanks together en masse, almost five hundred.
This was also the objective at Flers, but of the forty-nine tanks planned to take part, only eighteen did, due to breakdowns or rough terrain en route. And only nine of those made it to the enemy lines.
The tanks were seen as impregnable machines, impervious to bullets or bombs, their crew, once set on their allotted course, being protected and unstoppable. Their purpose was to roll over everything in their path, humans too, so that our infantry could follow unattacked. Their shape was designed so that there was no edge which could get caught on a branch, or fall down a hole or trench, and the caterpillar tracks also ruled out punctures. And as to how they got their shortened name, well the men who built them were originally told that they were making water tanks.
Thie early era of tank is not featured on many cards, but Wills` Castella "The Tank Story" does show one, a Mk. IV Heavy, as card 1/30. This was used in the First World War, but not until 1917 at Messines Ridge.
This is an unusual set, about which not much is known. Some say that it was designed to come out during the early days of the First World War, but was shelved due to the paper shortage. Others say that it was going to appear after the war, but was not thought appropriate, so it was put away until the 1930s. It is also rather curious that it features a mixture of soldiers in battledress and the kind of uniform that we associate with pomp and pageantry. However this also points to that inter-wars period, when war was hoped to have been done with forever.
A spot of hunting proves that right now you can see the whole set online, courtesy of CardhawkUK and that rather disproves the early days theory, because one of the cards shows the Stokes Mortar, which was not designed until 1915. However the clincher is on card 7, which speaks of Vickers-Armstrong, a company which was formed through a merger of Vickers Ltd and Armstrong-Whitworth; and that did not take place until 1927.
It is very simply described in our World Tobacco Issues Indexes as :
A MODEL ARMY. Sm. Cut-outs. Nd. (30)
And cut-outs explains the lines on the card, which were designed to be persuaded to fold in such a way that the soldiers or the vehicles would stand up proud, without the white backdrop, and be able to take their place on a battlefield with other toys.
Huntley & Palmers [trade : biscuits : UK] "Sports" - untitled (1878?) Un/12 - HUN-320 : HUT-16.2.a : HH-108
Clutching at straws a bit today and there is some discrepancy in the years given, but all the sources agree that today, on the 21st of November, a Thomas Morris of Australia skipped rope 22,806 times. However the dates vary wildly, from 1837 to 1957.
Now this has been quite hard to track down but in October 1937 we know that Thomas Morris was recorded as skipping for a very long time at a carnival. The press were able to call him the "Well Known Athlete", but that probably rules out the 1837 date.
Then I hit the right date, of 1963, and found it was not a person jumping on the spot but someone running as he skipped. He was seventy-one years old, and he skipped all the way from Brisbane to Cairns, about a thousand miles.
It was also recorded that he kept skipping almost all his life, and died in 1973.
Now this set is a huge one and it can be split into two types, though whether this was the intention is unknown. The types are like ours, with a picture extending all the way to the border, or with a sport in a section of the picture leaving a white area with no action or design.
There is another question, too, because the back, with all those biscuits, is actually in French. And it is from that back that we get the date of the cards, for it mentions the date of 1878. This may not have been the year of manufacture of the cards though, because in that year they were awarded a first prize at The Exposition Universelle, in Paris France, a huge "World`s Fair" that ran for six months, and the intention for which was to show how the country had bounced back after the Franco Prussian War of 1870-71. Now to win that prize would have been a pretty big deal , and it would have been featured in their advertising for some time.
The way to really tell the dates is that in 1898 they changed their name, to Huntley and Palmers Ltd.
The back of this card is rather light, but I will have another go some time. It does amaze me, who pretty much lives on Bourbons, and Party Rings on very special occasions, that there were so many biscuits in the world all those years ago - most of which are complete mysteries to me as to what they look like or of what they taste...
I have now been told, thanks to Mr. P., that these cards do appear in our British Trade Indexes. Our original British Trade Index, covering issues up to 1945, lists this set and its stable-mate as
SPORTS (A). Size 115 x 75. Gold borders, no captions. Back in French in dark blue. Unnd.
1. Front with semi-circular effect across upper centre. Back with first word in seventh column of brands (a) "Snowflake" (b) "Smyrna" (c) "Spray" (d) "Sugar Wafers". (12)
4. Deep-Sea Fishing
5. Fishing from Punt
7. Lawn Tennis
2. Front without semi-circular effect. Back with first word in seventh column of brands (a) "Social" (b) "Sugar Wafers" (12)
8. Lawn Tennis
11. Skipping Rope
Our original British Trade Index part II, adds a discovery, a further back to the cards with the semi-circular whiteness, this being "(e) "Social". It should have been (c) to keep it alphabetical. Anyway this begs a bit of a question because now all the backs in our set can be found in the other - so are there more to discover?
Then the story continues in our original British Trade Index part III, adding a card with a back in English and six columns of brands being added as (f) to the white cards, and our set being increased by two new backs, namely (c) Back in French, first word in seventh column "Sponge Rusks" - and - (d) Back in English, with six columns of brands - the same as has just been added to the white cards.
In our updated British Trade Index, they appear as :
SPORTS (A) 115 x 75. Gold borders, no captions. Two series. See HH-108
1. Fronts with semi-circular effect. Back has 6 columns of brands. Also issued in French.
2. Fronts without semi-circular effect. Back has 6 columns of brands. Also issued in French.
This seems to contradict the original part III, HUT-16.2.C, which gives a seventh column? And also our back has eight?
Ogdens Guinea Gold brand [tobacco : UK] “General Interest” - Australian Issue 49/?? –
Here we have George Eliot, or rather Mary Ann Evans, for the masculine affection was her pen name over a veriety of genres, including poetry, journalism, and seven novels, namely Adam Bede, Daniel Deronda, Felix Holt, Romola, Silas Marner, The Mill on the Floss, The Radical, and her best known, Middlemarch. And she was born today in 1819.
Now this portrait is currently held by the National Portrait Gallery and it is an albumen print produced by the London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company.
However the original photograph was taken in 1858 by a man called Mayall. And George Eliot recorded in her journal that she visited the studio in February 1858, together with her life partner, George Henry Lewes, and that photographs were made of them both. I have not been able to track the result of his sitting - yet.
But this was a very exciting thing to do together, for he had a wife and four children, plus the two children that his wife had from another man.
I usually shy away from these cards because they are too confusing, but this one did not seem so bad. Wrong again, and it may take me some time to find it in the World Tobacco Issues Indexes. I thought it may be simpler in the Ogdens reference book - but that didn`t work out either. Therefore if anyone can pass us a card code from any book, and a few notes, many thanks!
Rekord Journal [trade : magazine : O/S : Sweden] (1962)
Today we celebrate Lewis Alan Hoad, who was born today, in 1934, in New South Wales, Australia.
This is an odd card, and I did not know who issued it, or where, though "tennisspelare" was Swedish, and that led me to a set issued in 1961 by the Swedish Rekord Journal. Apparently they were issued as a sheet of cards and you cut them out individually.
They do not seem to have a set title though.
Another curious fact is that the same cards seem to sometimes be listed as being by Hemmets Journal, so perhaps that was the magazine and the "Rekord" just referred to the fact that you got a record of meeting your hero, this being the autograph.
At which point I take it all back when I said I could not see the point of autographs. If you get them in person, everything changes.
Now in both the Hemmen and the Rekord versions it shows that these cards were also issued in a panel of more than one card, and the collector either kept them intact or cut them out into smaller cards. In fact I did read that there was a binder for the Hemmen cards and this took the panels, using the punched holes that appear on them if they are not cut into cards.
John Player [tobacco : UK] “Cries of London” extra large - 2nd Series (April 1914) Un/10 – P644-072.B.2 : P72-31.B.2 : P/64.C [RB.17/64.C]
Now here is a very curious day but one that more of us ought to support - for today it is "Buy Nothing Day".
This is a bit of a protest against consumerism, and specifically Black Friday, which, in essence encourages us to go waste money on bigger and better things, but dump the perfectly serviceable things that we were using quite happily before.
So, instead, some people refuse to take part, and, even better, refuse to buy anything at all on that day? It may take some jiggling, especially in the food cupboard, but a bit of protest makes for a very satisfying life.
Don`t you think?
This set first appears in our John Player reference book RB.17, issued in 1950, described as :
CRIES OF LONDON. Fronts in colour. Backs with descriptive text. Home issues.
64. 1st 25 Subjects.
A. 25. Small cards “A Series of 25”. Numbered 1/25. Backs in blue. Issued November, 1913.
B. 10 Extra large cards. “A Series of 10 – After the Celebrated Pictures by F. Wheatley R.A.” Unnumbered. Backs in blue. Issued October 1912 [then follows a list of the cards and their numbers in the small sized set – which I will add when that set appears]
C. 10 Extra large cards. “A Second Series of 10 – After the Celebrated Pictures by F. Wheatley R.A.” Unnumbered. Backs in blue. Issued April 1914.
In the listing below, the corresponding subject in A is shown in parenthesis. Caption from BACKS.
1. Baking or Boiling Apples! (6)
2. Band Boxes (2)
3. Baskets! (1)
4. Bellows to Mend! (7)
5. Fresh Gathered Peas. Young Hastings. (20)
6. Hair Brooms. (9)
7. Round and Sound, Five Pence a Pound, Duke Cherries. (18)
8. Six Bunches a Penny, Sweet Lavender! (3)
9. Strawberrys, Scarlet Strawberrys (14) [sic]
10. Water Cresses! (10)
This is much reduced in our World Tobacco Issues Indexes, to:
CRIES OF LONDON. See RB.17/64 and H.350.
A. Small. Nd. (25). “A Series of 25”
B. Extra-large. Unnd,
(1) “A Series of 10”
(2) “A Second Series of 10”
This week's Cards of the Day...
have been celebrating Geography Awareness Week, which is every third week of November, annually. This year that makes it November 13th to 17th.
So why do we need awareness of geography? And is it not just something we plough through at school? Well no, because understanding the geography about you impacts on many other things, even as simple as the plants and food crops that you can grow in your garden, or why the walks in your locality vary in gradient. It also explains a lot of town and street names, and, most intriguingly, why some roads either take curious shapes or end abruptly.
Lots to investigate then.
Saturday, 11th November 2023
So we started with fairly simple terms, a Port - which is where ships alight to load and unload their goods - and a Vale - which is a rather poetic name for a valley, or long gentle depression in the earth. Now strangely this club is not sited in Port Vale, for there is nowhere by that name. They are in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, but they do get their name from a geographical feature, because the ports along the Trent and Mersey Canal trickle along in a little valley.
This is a rather intriguing card, and though I have never seen any before it turns out that there were several series of them and over a hundred cards.
They are recorded in our original British Trade Index part I as “Comptons, Sheffield”, with the header of “Gravy Salt. Cards issued 1925-27” - and with the listing of
FOOTBALLERS (A). Nd.
1. “Serie A”. Coloured (22)
2. “Serie B”. Coloured (22)
3. “Serie C”. Coloured (22)
4. “Serie D”. Coloured (22)
5. “Serie A”. Black back with Gift Offer, expiring 31.12.26 (22)
6. “Serie B”. Black back (a) plain (b) with Gift Offer, expiring 30.6.27 (22)
All change in our updated British Trade Index though, where the date in the header has been altered to 1924-27 and they are now listed as
FOOTBALLERS (A). Nd.
1. “Series A”. (a) coloured (b) black, back with Gift Offer, expiring 31.12.26 (22)
2. “Series B”. (a) coloured (b) black, back with Gift Offer, expiring 30.6.27 (22)
3. “Series C”. (22)
4. “Series D”. (22)
Sunday, 12th November 2023
Now here we have a load of geographical features.
On the front there is a dale, a town, a cape and a province - these being respectively yet another word for a valley, a place of habitation bigger than a village but not as large as a city, a piece of land that sticks out into the sea, and an administrative partition within a larger area.
We also have college, which sometimes appears on maps as `COLL` - whilst schools are shown as "SCH".
Our World Tobacco Issues Indexes catalogue this set as : "ARMS AND CRESTS OF UNIVERSITIES AND SCHOOLS OF SOUTH AFRICA. Lg. 76 x 58. Nd. (24). See RB.21/362"
That RB.21 listing is :
362. ARMS AND CRESTS OF UNIVERSITIES AND SCHOOLS OF SOUTH AFRICA. Large cards, size 76 x 58 m/m. Front in colour. Back in grey with descriptive text. Numbered series of 24. U.T.C. issue.
Monday, 13th November 2023
And last but not least we have three more terms.
These are a Mill, which could be a windmill or a watermill - a Hill, which is an area of raised land not as big as a mountain - and a School, again.
There is also a cross on the shield, which you will sometimes see on a map to denote a place of worship. And did you know that the Ordnance Survey maps use a cross on top of a black square to show the church has a tower, but a cross atop a circle to show a dome or spire?
This set appears in our Wills Reference Book part IV as :
ARMS OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS. Large cards, size 79 x 62 m/m. Fronts printed by letterpress in colour. Backs in grey with descriptive text. Home issue.
130. 25. 1st Series of 25. Issued 1933
131. 25. 2nd Series of 25. Issued 1934
Whilst our World Tobacco Issues Indexes catalogue them as :
ARMS OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS. Lg. Nd. (25)
1.”1st Series of 25”
2. “2nd Series of 25”
By the way that 1st Series of 25 was issued in the August of 1933.
Tuesday, 14th November 2023
Lets start the non-clue cards with a map, which is pretty basic, but still manages to show the symbol for a railway which is rather like a zebra crossing, alternate stripes in white and black. I based this assumption on the fact that Ringwood is not shown to be on any line, and in 1935 the whole Ringwood to Christchurch section had been closed. It does seem odd to me that the set does not have a legend, anywhere.
The first appearance of this set in cartophilic literature appears in November 1933, in the Current Issues section of The London Cigarette Card Company`s "Cigarette Card News", No.2 Volume 1. However it is a less than positive review, only saying :
Lambert & Butler. Map Scenes, Find Your Way. A competition set, not especially noteworthy.
Perhaps this is why it does not have the map symbols?
It takes a while, fifteen years, for the set to be catalogued as far as details, and that is not until our original Lambert & Butler reference booklet, RB.9, published in 1948. Here it tells us that there were actually three versions, which I will summarise as a set of 50 plus a joker (which is catalogued in that booklet as L/44), a set of 50 without a joker all of which have the words “Securely Packed” underlined (listed as L/45), and our set of 50 with two jokers and an overprint on every card to say the series is coming to an end. Our section of the set is described in that booklet as
46. 52. FIND YOUR WAY! Series of 50 and 2 variations Joker card, both overprinted in red on backs “It is requested that these complete series be exchanged not later than 28th February 1934”. Series of 50 identical to (45), Joker card identical to that described under (44) in (a) black and (b) dark green. 1933
Our World Tobacco Issues Indexes list all three sets under one grouping, but has a different way to tell the sets apart.
FIND YOUR WAY. Sm. Nd. (50). 49 map sections and Card for solution
A. Set of 50, back with address (a) “Box No. 152, London” (b) “Box No. 152, Drury Lane . . .” Joker card with back in black.
B. Set of 50 as in (b) above, overprinted on back in red. Joker card with back in black or grey.
Now the Joker card is rather plain, and only black and white, but it does give the rules as it were. telling the collector that "Any number of these "Joker" cards may be used to make up your full set of 50. When giving your solution of the routes on card 50, place an X to represent this card. Ask your tobacconist for chart." And the reverse just has a solid black circle at the top surrounding the word "JOKER" in white. However it does tell you that they were offering "A COMPLETE POCKET ROAD ATLAS of England and Wales FREE To Smokers of WAVERLEY Cigarettes."
You can see card 50 courtesy of the New York Public Library.
Wednesday, 15th November 2023
So we have had a bit of a change here, as we have today been sent the joker for this set, many thanks to Mr. W, and so it has replaced the Churchman "Boy Scouts" second series (which was in this space yesterday, but is already in our gallery).
Now there is no mention of the joker card(s) until our original Lambert & Butler reference booklet, RB.9, published in 1948. This tells us that there were three jokers available.
The one showing here is the first of these, and it accompanied the original set of 50 (L/44) the cards of which do not have an underline below the words “Securely Packed”. This joker has no address on it, so was unaffected when the address on the cards was changed from “Box No. 152, London” to “Box No. 152, Drury Lane". We are not sure whether at that time they simply reprinted the cards and not the joker. Does anyone know?
The second version of the set (L/45) which has the two words "Securely Packed" underlined, was not issued with a joker at all. Did they think that the joker from the first set would still be sufficiently in circulation not to need a reprint? Or were they thinking that the lack of jokers would make it harder to get a set and therefore claim the prize?
The other two jokers both belong to the set we showed you yesterday and also have the "end of series" red overprint. These appear in our original World Tobacco Issues Index as "Joker card identical to that described under (44) in (a) black and (b) dark green. 1933".
In the updated version of our World Tobacco Issues Index the jokers are slightly differently described, as "A. Joker card with back in black." and "B. Joker card with back in black or grey".
Opinions please on whether B is green or grey!
Thursday, 16th November 2023
This is a map, with a difference, because like all things, it was adapted to show a landscape quite unknown. The black serpent is not the River Meuse, as you might think from its shape, it is the battle line. The Meuse is shown, if you look closely, as a white line, with black edges, snaking up the left hand side. Coming in to the frame at the top is a black dotted line and that marks the frontier. The straight lines with the cross lines all along them are indeed railways, the same symbol being used as on a standard map. One of the most famous railways was called The Meusien, and it was a narrow gauge railway that ran on a single track, right beside the roadway which is marked as a thin dotted line. It was called many things, but The Little Meusien was christened it by none other than General Petain, and seemed to stick once war had gone. It brought, and took away, many things - passengers - the young and hopeful towards the front, and the injured or dead away - horses - ammunition - and most importantly it brought food, which is how they were able to resist there for so long.
Verdun, or Verdun Sur Meuse (Verdun on the Meuse) was a huge battle, fought over three hundred days from the 21st of February until the 16th of December 1916. However fighting still took place in that area for the rest of the war.
Our World Tobacco Issues Indexes describe this set as
WAR MAP OF THE WESTERN FRONT INCLUDING THE RHINE AND SWISS FRONTIER - SERIES NO.2" Sm. Brown. Nd. (54)
A) Back "Smoke Exmoor Hunt Mixture and Cigarettes"
B) Back "Smoke New York Mixture"
There is a slight error in the original book because the word "FRONTIER" is shown in the plural, "FRONTIERS". It has been corrected in the second.
I have not been able to find out what New York Mixture was, or see any packaging. But I now realise this is not a great term to search for, and that there are very many tobacco shops in New York... However Exmoor Hunt Mixture (and presumably the cigarettes) was a name that came through the bloodlines of W.O.Bigg, and the leaping stag was there at that time too. The mixture was a broad cut and seems to have been Virginia most of all, blended with a quantity of Latakia.
Friday, 17th November 2023
This is series one but the map still shows fighting along the Meuse and into the Argonne Forest, shown by the big letter C, which was also the last stand, because from September the 26th to November the 11th, 1918 the Battle of the Argonne was fought in that small wooded area which appears on this map.
This was the third and last phase of the Battle. By the start of November American forces had come through and cleared the Argonne Forest of opposing forces. This brought them to the French at the River Aisne, which they were unable to cross until the German defences at Buzancy were brought down. After that had been accomplished, they fought the Battle of Le Chesne (which seems to be mis-spelled as La Chesne on the card) and captured the hilly regions also shown on the card.
And then they heard the news of the Armistice on November 11th.
It seems stirring stuff there, but it was long hard fighting, many deaths, and injuries, and almost every one of the soldiers, in some way, was changed, for ever.....
So here we have the first series of this set, and, thrillingly, its in colour. It is described in our World Tobacco Issues Indexes as :
WAR MAP, WESTERN FRONT. Sm. Nd. (56).
Now in here it is the first set of War Maps listed in the book, maybe because it was the earliest set to be issued, or maybe because the longer title of the second series flummoxed the cataloguers. However it was actually out of alphabetical order, so in our updated version of the World Tobacco Issues Index the two switch place.
And there I must go, my battery is running out, both the one in my chromebook and the one in my soul.
Hope you enjoyed it, and I do really hope it made up for last week when I did nothing and could not get back into any sort of swing until Monday.
Have a great week, and do come back next Saturday to see what else we have unearthed from our cabinet of cartophilic curiosities....