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Title: Tobacco card, Lighthouse series, Minots Ledge Light

Accession Number: 2003.82.8
Category: EPHEMERA
Type: tobacco card
Maker: American Tobacco Co.; Hassan Cigarettes
Place: USA, MA, Scituate
Date: 1911
Materials: paper
Description: Tobacco card, Lighthouse series by American Tobacco Co. for Hassan Cigarettes (T77); Minots Ledge Light, number 31 in the series; color drawing on front depicting Minots Ledge Light and background scenery; surrounded by thin black frame line and white border; printed on front "MINOTS LEDGE LIGHT"; printed on back "LIGHT HOUSE SERIES 1 TO 50/ MINOT'S LEDGE LIGHT./ On the outer Minot, Mass., one of/ the Cohasset Rocks, Massachusetts/ Bay. Has flashing white oil signaling/ '143' every 40 seconds. Is 84-1/2 feet/ above mean high water and is visible/ 17 miles. Established in 1850 and/ rebuilt in 1860. Bell struck by ma-chinery; a single blow every 30/ seconds." 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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