Sunday, May 23, 2010

Flea Market Finds - Collecting Collections

As you might have deduced from the name, I like collecting, and this week has been no different. I am really trying to restrict my op-shopping to one day a week, but on that day, I will travel far afield to get my fix!

There was a goodly collection got this week, but to enable the gems to shine I will just show one special collection. The others can wait for a "dry" week.

I happened upon these booklets that contain a collection of cards that you had to collect. Well, not necessarily 'you' but to quote:
"Just ask Dad to get you a new card every yime he visits his Shell Service Station"

Not your parents, but Dad! I am not sure of the year of these books, but thank goodness we have come so far. Yes, I know that often there was one car in the family, and women didn't drive, but thanks goodness for the women who did! Who were independent and had a bit of gumption. (I will stop myself now before I turn into Germaine Greer!)

For those who have not achieved the necessary years to have these as memories, they were kind of like educational Tacos. Everyone had them, Weet-bix, petrol stations, cigarette packets.  It's funny now looking back, that cigarette companies were targeting children from an early age including cards to collect within their packaging. Nowadays we can't even have the cigarettes on display! (It is just interesting how society's values change over a period of time)

Anyhoo, this is one of my pride and joys. It is a cigarette card collection book. And it is a doozy! Dated January 1st, 1917.

The book is completely filled and  includes birds, butterflies and WWI cards with some extras that didn't fit in. All of the cards just slip in and out of the envelopes. This was purchased for the princely sum of 20 cents!

I love the graphics of all of these cards and the 'collectioness' of them. I know that isn't a word, but it is kind of defined as the time and pure obsession it takes to collect. Very special.

Pop over to Sophies and see what wonderful finds everone else has come up with this week. xxNick


  1. :))) funny. we had similar collection albums up here... the vintage feel is so tantalizing.

  2. nice collection! Thanks for commenting on my blog - no left handedness in our family as yet although Elijah still seems to be ambi and has no preference yet. I imagine trying to pass on a skill in that situation would cause alot of kak handedness!

  3. We had weetbix cards...and becasue of the amount of kids int the family my Mum kept them in a big tin in the third draw down (junk draw) stopped us fighting over them...but i did mostly "win" the poster out of the TV week.

  4. What a find! We had the cards out of the cereal packets. They were always in the bedside cupboard in my room. I presume Mum eventually threw them out after I left home and she had a clean out. They do bring back some memories. A bike magazine had reproduction cigarette cards with vintage bikes as a freebie some years ago and I had them framed for Mick. They look terrific.

  5. Oh yes, remember the shell cards and I was just telling my 14yo recently about the weetbix cards and remember the stickers/transfers in the sunny queen eggs too. The cigarette card album is divine, and twenty cents, get out!, I heart cigarette cards too especially ones of glamour girls. Gorgeous finds Nick

  6. 20c - are you kidding! That's absurd! What a bargain. Love those cards and I remember them. I was thinking, if you could bare doing it, you could place one of the pages of the book in a frame and put them on a wall. I think they'd make the most interesting wall art.

  7. absolutely gorgeous ... i remember these collections from when i was growing up in the 60s but these are amazing. PS no problems with the germaine greer soap box ... women really didn't get to do anything much back in the dayand it's taken a long time to get here.

    My Flea Market Find

  8. They're history ... WOW great finds, well done! You've got a little piece of Australia there ;)

  9. They are stunning! Such beautiful finds. Hip, hip, hooray!! Hope you have a lovely week :)

  10. what a gorgeous and amazing collection, I love what I can see and know about it.



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