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Title: Tobacco card, Lighthouse series, Goat Island Light

Accession Number: 2003.82.6
Category: EPHEMERA
Type: tobacco card
Maker: American Tobacco Co.; Hassan Cigarettes
Place: USA, ME, Goat Island
Date: 1911
Materials: paper
Description: Tobacco card, Lighthouse series by American Tobacco Co. for Hassan Cigarettes (T77); Goat Island Light, number 25 in the series; color drawing on front depicting Goat Island Light and background scenery; surrounded by thin black frame line and white border; printed on front "GOAT ISL. LIGHT"; probably off Cape Porpoise, ME; printed on back "LIGHT HOUSE SERIES 1 TO 50/ GOAT ISLAND LIGHT./ Off the seacoast of Maine, on the/ northerly side of Cape Porgois (sic)/ Harbor. Has a fixed white oil light./ Height at low mean high water 38/ feet. Visible 12-1/2 miles. Established/ 1833 and rebuilt 1859. Handbell rung/ in answer to signals. Harbor of/ refuge for light draft vessels." 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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