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Title: Tobacco card, Lighthouse series, Boon Island Light

Accession Number: 2003.82.1
Category: EPHEMERA
Type: tobacco card
Maker: American Tobacco Co.; Hassan Cigarettes
Place: USA, ME, Boon Island
Date: 1911
Materials: paper
Description: Tobacco card, Lighthouse series by American Tobacco Co. for Hassan Cigarettes (T77); Boon Island Light, number 8 in the series; color drawing on front depicting Boon Island Light and background scenery; surrounded by thin black frame line and white border; printed on front "BOON ISL. LIGHT"; printed on back "LIGHT HOUSE SERIES 1 TO 50/ BOON ISLAND LIGHT/ On Boon Island, about 6-3/4 miles off/ the seacoast of Maine and the en-/ trance to York Harbor. Has fixed/ white oil light. Its height is 133 feet/ above mean high water and is visible/ 20 miles. Established in 1812 and/ rebuilt in 1855. Its fog signal is a/ bell rung in answer to signals." and "HASSAN/ CORK/ TIP/ CIGARETTES/ The Oriental Smoke/ THE LARGEST SELLING BRAND/ OF CIGARETTES IN AMERICA./ FACTORY No. 30 2D. DIST.N.Y." "This series contains attractive drawings of 48 lighthouses in coastal locations around the country, plus the Statue of Liberty and a card depicting early coastal signaling methods. The lighthouses are mostly in the East, but there are a few (such as Tillamook Light) from the West Coast. The backs contain information abou the lighthouse, the sound of its signal and the year it was established. The series was distributed from two factories in early 1911" (American Tobacco Cards Price Guide & Checklist, by Robert Forbes & Terence Mitchell, 1999).

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