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Title: Tobacco card, Lighthouse series, Matinicus Rock Light

Accession Number: 2003.82.7
Category: EPHEMERA
Type: tobacco card
Maker: American Tobacco Co.; Hassan Cigarettes
Place: USA, ME, Matinicus Island
Date: 1911
Materials: paper
Description: Tobacco card, Lighthouse series by American Tobacco Co. for Hassan Cigarettes (T77); Matinicus Rock Light, number 30 in the series; color drawing on front depicting Matinicus Rock Light and background scenery; surrounded by thin black frame line and white border; printed on front "MATINICUS ROCK LIGHT"; printed on back "LIGHT HOUSE SERIES 1 TO 50/ MARTINICUS (sic) ROCK LIGHT./ On the southerly end of Martinicus (sic)/ Rock, off the seacoast of Maine and/ southerly entrance to Penobscot Bay./ Has a fixed white oil light. Height/ above mean high water 85 feet and is/ visible 17-1/4 miles. Discontinued in 1883,/ relighted in 1888. Established 1827. Fog/ signal is a 12-inch steam whistle." 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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