|The picture shows a front and back view of this 1800s Gypsy Queen Cigarettes Victorian Woman Advertising Premium Trade Card. The card is not dated but it is believed to be from the 1880s. It was made back when the same company produced some of the very first baseball trading cards. The card is not numbered and we do not know how many cards there are to the complete set.|
It is larger than most trade cards. On the front is a very colorful image of a pretty Victorian woman and on the back is cigarette advertising from Gypsy Queen Cigarettes, manufactured by Goodwin & Company at their ''Old Judge'' Factory in New York. Because of the large size of the card, we do not believe that it came with a package of cigarettes, but maybe in a case of cigarette packs. The card is marked on the two sides as follows:
''GYPSY QUEEN'' CIGARETTES
Giles Lith. Co. N.Y. & Boston
GYPSY QUEEN CIGARETTES
Are the Brightest, Mildest, Purest and most delicate
smoking cigarette ever made in the world.
In Quality They Stand Unequaled
They are endorsed and recommended as the ACME OF PERFECTION
by every cigarette smoker who has tried them.
WHEN YOU OPEN THE PACKAGE
Notice the delicate color of the tobacco, the superiority of
workmanship and the exquisite aroma from the lighted cigarette.
TRY THEM ONCE
AND YOU WILL USE THEM FOREVER.
GOODWIN & CO.,
''OLD JUDGE'' FACTORY
The trade card measures about 4-1/4'' x 6''. It appears to be in excellent condition with only light wear and some age coloration as pictured. There is also a tiny scrape mark on the second ''L'' of the word ''WILL'' on the back (5th line from the bottom). We are not card graders so please judge for yourself by looking at the clear pictures below.