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Title: Tobacco card, Lighthouse series, Deer Island Light

Accession Number: 2003.82.5
Category: EPHEMERA
Type: tobacco card
Maker: American Tobacco Co.; Hassan Cigarettes
Place: USA, MA, Deer Island
Date: 1911
Materials: paper
Description: Tobacco card, Lighthouse series by American Tobacco Co. for Hassan Cigarettes (T77); Deer Island Light, number 18 in the series; color drawing on front depicting Deer Island Light and background scenery; surrounded by thin black frame line and white border; printed on front "DEER ISL. LIGHT"; printed on back "LIGHT HOUSE SERIES 1 TO 50/ DEER ISLAND LIGHT./ On the southerly end of the spit/ making 1/4 mile to the southward/ from Deer Island, Boston Harbor,/ Mass. Has fixed white oil light varied/ by a red flash every 30 seconds; 53/ feet above mean high water, visible 14-3/4 miles. Established 1890. Bell/ struck by machinery, a single blow/ every 10 seconds." and "HASSAN/ CORK/ TIP/ CIGARETTES/ The Oriental Smoke/ THE LARGEST SELLING BRAND/ OF CIGARETTES IN AMERICA./ FACTORY No. 649 1ST. 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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