A Cartophilic Cornucopia

Yes, come on in to this palace of pleasure, and don`t be shy. For whilst this is primarily the residence of all the little expansions that are tied into other posts, so as not to interrupt the flow, it is a really fun place to browse all on its own. with all manner of surprised to amaze and excite you. 

However if you are interested in diving deeper into something in particular, fear not, for the first post, forever tied to the top. is an index of all the blogs that appear here so you can just click on the link to reach what you are after - rather than wade through the whole load of blog posts until you hit the one you want.

Even better, the posts will now rise to the top as they are updated so that you can tell of changes new and follow the progress as we make it - and we have started doing that now, because we have just spotted a bit more information about A.J. Cruse as we hunted for something else. 

The word 'Blog' is spelt out on a typewriter.
2nd September 2023


Here are clickable links to all the blogs which appear in this section, split into Card Issuers, Cartophilic Personalities, Reference Books, and  Magazines, 
Churchman "Lawn Tennis"
1st September 2023


So here we have the start of yet another new project, a piece work of blogs to record the sets issued in that month.
5th August 2023

Other Reference Books

..... the ones that got away
22 july 23
22nd July 2023

F for Faulkner

Or to be precise, W. & F.
8th July 2023

Cruse, Alfred James

So lets start with a bit of luck, because I have found a "Pen Portrait" or miniature biography, of Alfred James Cruse, in the Cartophilic Society`s first magazine, "The Bulletin", Volume 1, Number
RB.1 Faulkner (original cover)
4th July 2023


RB.1 – The Cigarette Card Issues of W. & F. Faulkner
RB.13 Phillips
9th June 2023

RB.13 Godfrey Phillips

RB.13 – The Cigarette Card Issues of Godfrey Phillips
ARP Wills home
1st June 2023

A for Air Raid Precautions

This was growing too fast for just leaving it as a "Card of the Day", so we now have this new blog post, "A for Air Raid Precautions".
RB.14 Wills III
1st June 2023

RB.14 - Wills Part III

  RB.14 – The Cigarette Card Issues of W.D. & H.O. Wills Parts I and II (revised) and Part III
Wills britains Part in the War
1st June 2023


As our card tells us, the ANZAC acronym actually stands for the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps.
B for Borough
30th May 2023

B for Borough Arms

Now the first fact is that this set has no actual title on the cards, it was only called "Borough Arms" by early researchers, who did their best to make untitled sets quickly recognisable to other
The Cigarette Card Review
29th May 2023

C For The Cigarette Card Review

One of the more unusual card magazines was this one, and it remains quite hard to come by today.
RB.2 Hill
28th March 2023

RB.2 - R. & J. Hill

RB.2 – The Cigarette Card Issues of R. & J. Hill, Ltd
RB.3 Wills
28th March 2023

RB.3 - W.D. & H.O. Wills

RB.3 - The Cigarette Card Issues of W.D. & H.O. Wills 
RB.4 Gallaher
28th March 2023

RB.4 Gallaher

RB.4 – The Cigarette Card Issues of Gallaher, Ltd.
RB.5 Abdulla, Adkin Anstie
28th March 2023

RB.5 Abdulla, Adkin, Anstie

RB.5 – The Cigarette Card Issues of Abdulla & Co., Adkin & Sons, & E. & W. Anstie
RB.6 Ardath
28th March 2023

RB.6 Ardath

RB.6 – The Cigarette Card Issues of Ardath Tobacco Co.
RB.7 Directory
28th March 2023

RB.7 - Directory of British Cigarette Card Issues

RB.7 – Directory of British Cigarette Card Issuers (Past and Present)
RB.8 Glossary
28th March 2023

RB.8 - Glossary of Cartophilic Terms

RB.8 – Cartophilic Terms
RB.9 Lambert & Butler
28th March 2023

RB9 - Lambert & Butler

  RB.9 – The Cigarette Card Issues of Lambert & Butler
RB.10 Churchman
28th March 2023

RB.10 - W.A. & A.C. Churchman

RB.10 – The Cigarette Card Issues of W.A. & A.C. Churchman 
RB.11 Wills I rev II
28th March 2023

RB.11 - W.D. & H.O. Wills

  RB.11 – The Cigarette Card Issues of W.D. & H.O. Wills Part I (revised) and Part II
RB.12 Taddy
28th March 2023

RB.12 - James Taddy

RB.12 – Taddy 
RB.15 Ogden
28th March 2023

RB.15 Ogden

RB.15 – The Cigarette Card Issues of Ogden`s Ltd Part I All issues excluding “Guinea Gold” series 
RB.16 Wills IV
28th March 2023

RB.16 Wills IV

RB.16 – The Cigarette Card Issues of W.D. & H.O. Wills Parts I, II, and III (revised) and Part IV
RB.17 Player
28th March 2023

RB.17 John Player

RB.17 – The Cigarette Card Issues of  John Player  
RB.18 Tobacco War
28th March 2023

RB.18 Tobacco War

RB.18 – The Tobacco War Booklet
RB.19 Wills V
28th March 2023

RB.19 Wills V

RB.19 – The Cigarette Card Issues of W.D. & H.O. Wills Parts I to IV (revised) and Part V
RB.20 Australian Misc
28th March 2023

RB.20 Australian Misc

RB.20 – The Australasian Miscellaneous Booklet
28th March 2023

RB.21 British-American Tobacco

RB.21 – The British-American Tobacco Company Booklet
Charles Lane Bagnall and his daughter Dorothy
1st February 2023

Bagnall, Charles Lane & Dorothy

Colonel Charles Lane Bagnall D.S.O. M.C. T.D. F.P.R.S.I. is considered the Father of Cartophily.
A black and white photograph of A.E. Cherry, the founder of the Cameric Club.
31st January 2023

Cherry, Arthur Eric – the founder of the Cameric Club

An article from 1946 pays its respects to Arthur Eric Cherry, a significant figure in card collecting who lost his life in WW2.
I O Evans world of tomorrow
30th January 2023

Evans, Idrsyn Oliver

So let us chat, first of all, about I. O. Evans. or to give him his full name Idrisyn Oliver Evans.
30th January 2023

Gurd, Eric

Eric Gurd was a collector, historian, researcher, author, and editor of “Cartophilic World” magazine, in fact our first research editor.
Charles Glidden Osborne
29th January 2023

Osborne, Charles Glidden

Charles Glidden Osborne would become the co-founder and first President of the Cartophilic Society. His proudest moment came when the Society was incorporated on 31 Dec 1942.
29th January 2023

Rundle, Aylmer Maurice

Aylmer Maurice Rundle was born on January 16th 1902 in Burma, and brought up in Jersey, part of the Channel Islands, but his father, Cubitt Sindall Rundle, had been born in Calcutta, India some tim
Edward Wharton Tigar
28th January 2023

Wharton-Tigar, Edward

Our third President was Edward Clement Wharton-Tigar M.B.E. F.C.I.S. And we start this tiny tribute to him with a card which you may think of as strange : 
Churchman "Houses of Parliament and Their Story"
5th November 2022

F for Fawkes and Fireworks

With the flashes and percussions surrounding me, I sit to update another rolling research blog. And this one is dedicated to Guy Fawkes, for it is in his honour that I am so surrounded.
10.105 - Cartophilic World May June 1953 - cover
5th November 2022

C for Coronation

How many of us remember the last one in 1953 ?
Duke "Coins of All Nations"
21st July 2022

P for Peruvian Cartophilic Society

  Some of our readers might be amazed by what I am going to tell you but in the 1950s there was a Cartophilic Society in Peru. 
HOU-190 [trade : UK] Van Houten “Chinese Scenes” (A) (1908) Un/7
4th July 2022

V for Van Houten

Many thanks to Patrick Marks for scanning these cards from his collection, 
Cameron & Sizer Football Women
16th May 2022

W for Women`s Football

Now I have been corrected from my assumption that the first recorded woman`s football match was in 1894,
Drapkin Cinematograph
23rd March 2022

D for Drapkin

And now a correction, because we have had an email from Ian Irvine saying that the Smith's card was not the earliest cartophilic portrait of Miss Mary Pickford, for she appears in Major Drapkin's "
Hill Spinet House
3rd January 2022

W for Wong Liu-Tsong

Today saw the birthday of the first truly internationally famous Chinese-American film star, Wong Liu-Tsong. You may not immediately recognise her name, for she used another, namely Anna May Wong.
14th November 2021

Cartophilists at War

Our latest section, telling the story of cartophily, and cartophilists, during the Second World War.
taddy trio
4th September 2021

T for "TADDY"

This is an article which won The Cartophilic Cup, and we are delighted to be able to reproduce it here.  
A tinted black and white profile photograph of Mary Pickford.
8th April 2021

A tribute to Mary Pickford

Mary Pickford was a legendary figure in early cinema and featured on many card issues. This article explores her life and cartophilic connections.
A cigarette card from the Thomson & Porteous 'V.C. Heroes' set of 1916.
1st September 2020

Victoria Cross archive

A once in a lifetime opportunity came up late in August at a Bonhams Military Auction: the chance to buy the archive of a man called H. A. Forbes... and Mr. Forbes made Victoria Crosses.
Card showing Evelyn Lintott of Leeds City, who was killed in 2016.
11th November 2019

Football’s fallen heroes of WW1

A cartophilic tribute to some of the footballers that lost their lives in WW1.
Donald Simpson Bell VC, from a set issued by  J Lees in 1912.
8th November 2019

A passion for military and football cards

We all collect our cards, but how much do we look into the card subject itself?
A Taddy 'Clown' card in damaged condition
1st September 2018

A surprise purchase in Hong Kong

An unexpected surprise awaited B. Joyce in a collectors' shop in Kowloon’s Mon Kok district of Hong Kong!