A cigarette-card tour of South Africa

Table Mountain from Blaauwberg. The age-old mountain which has witnessed the passing of Diaz, da Gama, Drake and the landing of Jan van Riebeeck in 1652
Table Mountain from Blaauwberg. The age-old mountain which has witnessed the passing of Diaz, da Gama, Drake and the landing of Jan van Riebeeck in 1652

Cigarette cards

From around 1875 tobacco companies in the United States began to issue cards with pictures on them, usually depicting beauties of the stage and (later) screen, cultural effects, and sports people. Companies in other countries followed suit soon after, with John Player in the United Kingdom being a prime mover in this regard.

In South Africa too tobacco companies issued cards, often with historical or scenic themes. In this Hub we take a tour of South Africa guided by a selection of one set of such cards.

In 1938 the United Tobacco Company (UTC) issued a set of 100 cards illustrated by South African artist Charles Ernest Peers (1875 - 1944) showing typical scenes from the four provinces of South Africa, as well as some from South West Africa (now Namibia), Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Swaziland.

These cards were issued under the title Our Land - Ons Land and an album was printed in which to paste the cards. The book was printed by Messrs Galvin and Sales in Cape Town.

I am lucky enough to have a copy of this book in fairly good condition into which my mother, I think, pasted the cards. Of the 100 cards in the series 99 are in the album. If it was my mother who pasted in the cards she must have gotten them from other people, as neither she nor my father smoked.

What follows is a selection of the cards.

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The dust cover of the book
The dust cover of the book
The dust cover of the book

The book

The book is a very handsome one with 34 beautifully-designed pages and four large reproductions of paintings by Peers.

The colour plates illustrate Namaqualand flowers, the Cape Dutch homestead "Morgenster (Morning Star)" in the Western Cape town of Somerset West, flower sellers on the Grand Parade in Cape Town, and a rather fanciful illustration of animals at a stream in the Kruger National Park.

The arrangement of the cards in the book is not altogether logical, jumping from one province to another and back again. They can be arranged, as I have done here, to illustrate a trip around the country from Cape Town and the Western Cape, through the Eastern Cape, kwaZulu-Natal, the Transvaal (now broken into three provinces: Mpumalanga, Gauteng and Limpopo), the Free State and the Northern Cape (then still part of the Cape Province).

Page one of the book is beautifully decorated with drawings of a Disa and a Protea and has cards of a view of Table Mountain from Blaauberg Strand and the snoek fishing boats in Cape Town harbour.

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The snoekers, Cape Town Docks. During the snoeking season this corner of the Cape Town docks is a scene of great activity, and the snoekers recall the old sailing days now almost gone.Table Mountain from the new basin. The new basin is part of the great scheme of Table Bay Harbour extension now in course of construction.The Castle Gateway, Cape Town. The first stone of the Castle was laid in 1666, but the building was not completed until 1680. It was the seat of government and the centre of social life during the 17th Century.Camps Bay from Oudekraal, C.P. Every visitor to the Cape takes the famous coast drive through Camps Bay and along the sea front to Hout Bay, passing the Twelve Apostles en route.Groot Constantia homestead, C.P. This historic homestead was built in 1765 by Simon van der Stel and was named after his wife. It is now a Government Wine Farm.Swimming Bath, Groot Constantia, C.P. This beautiful oval-shaped bath with its fountain, designed by Anton Anreith, is approached through an avenue of oaks and is surrounded by vineyards.
The snoekers, Cape Town Docks. During the snoeking season this corner of the Cape Town docks is a scene of great activity, and the snoekers recall the old sailing days now almost gone.
The snoekers, Cape Town Docks. During the snoeking season this corner of the Cape Town docks is a scene of great activity, and the snoekers recall the old sailing days now almost gone.
Table Mountain from the new basin. The new basin is part of the great scheme of Table Bay Harbour extension now in course of construction.
Table Mountain from the new basin. The new basin is part of the great scheme of Table Bay Harbour extension now in course of construction.
The Castle Gateway, Cape Town. The first stone of the Castle was laid in 1666, but the building was not completed until 1680. It was the seat of government and the centre of social life during the 17th Century.
The Castle Gateway, Cape Town. The first stone of the Castle was laid in 1666, but the building was not completed until 1680. It was the seat of government and the centre of social life during the 17th Century.
Camps Bay from Oudekraal, C.P. Every visitor to the Cape takes the famous coast drive through Camps Bay and along the sea front to Hout Bay, passing the Twelve Apostles en route.
Camps Bay from Oudekraal, C.P. Every visitor to the Cape takes the famous coast drive through Camps Bay and along the sea front to Hout Bay, passing the Twelve Apostles en route.
Groot Constantia homestead, C.P. This historic homestead was built in 1765 by Simon van der Stel and was named after his wife. It is now a Government Wine Farm.
Groot Constantia homestead, C.P. This historic homestead was built in 1765 by Simon van der Stel and was named after his wife. It is now a Government Wine Farm.
Swimming Bath, Groot Constantia, C.P. This beautiful oval-shaped bath with its fountain, designed by Anton Anreith, is approached through an avenue of oaks and is surrounded by vineyards.
Swimming Bath, Groot Constantia, C.P. This beautiful oval-shaped bath with its fountain, designed by Anton Anreith, is approached through an avenue of oaks and is surrounded by vineyards.

The Western Cape pictures

The book has far more pictures of scenes in the Western Cape than any other region of the country.

I have reproduced the titles and captions of the cards exactly as they appear in the book.

Snoek is a species of fish looking a little like barracuda. Its scientific name is Thyrsites atun and it is a very important part of the economy of the Western Cape, and has been for centuries. A feature of life in Cape Town until the late 20th Century was the "fish horn" made of kelp and sounded by peddlers selling fresh snoek from their horse-drawn carts.

The Castle of Good Hope was started by the Dutch East India Company in 1666 and completed in 1679 and is the oldest building in South Africa. It is in the shape of a five pointed star, each of the points or bastions having a name: Leerdam, Buuren, Catzenellenbogen, Nassau and Oranje.


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1820 Settlers Memorial and Harbour, Port Elizabeth. The landing of the 1820 Settlers is commemorated by a fine camponile and beyond is the new harbour and wharves."Horse Memorial", Port Elizabeth. A bronze memorial to the horses killed in the Boer War of 1899 - 1902.The Old Provost, Grahamstown E.P. A century ago Grahamstown was an outpost of civilization and the scene of many stirring episodes."Bats Cave", East London. A great cave on the south coast near East London much frequented by visitors.
1820 Settlers Memorial and Harbour, Port Elizabeth. The landing of the 1820 Settlers is commemorated by a fine camponile and beyond is the new harbour and wharves.
1820 Settlers Memorial and Harbour, Port Elizabeth. The landing of the 1820 Settlers is commemorated by a fine camponile and beyond is the new harbour and wharves.
"Horse Memorial", Port Elizabeth. A bronze memorial to the horses killed in the Boer War of 1899 - 1902.
"Horse Memorial", Port Elizabeth. A bronze memorial to the horses killed in the Boer War of 1899 - 1902.
The Old Provost, Grahamstown E.P. A century ago Grahamstown was an outpost of civilization and the scene of many stirring episodes.
The Old Provost, Grahamstown E.P. A century ago Grahamstown was an outpost of civilization and the scene of many stirring episodes.
"Bats Cave", East London. A great cave on the south coast near East London much frequented by visitors.
"Bats Cave", East London. A great cave on the south coast near East London much frequented by visitors.

The Eastern Cape pictures.

From the picturesque Western Cape we travel to the Eastern Cape where the settlers of the eastward expanding colony met the Nguni peoples who were expanding their territory westward.

Part of the British colonial policy was to stem the advance of the Xhosa people by settling English settlers in the frontier areas. Around 4000 British settlers arrived in the area which became known as "Albany" in 1820. Grahamstown was the centre of Albany.

The "Old Provost" in Grahamstown was built as a prison in 1838 by the Royal Engineers. It was part of a fortified barracks and was built on the then-popular "panopticon" plan for such buildings. It was declared a National Monument in 1937.

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Krantz Kop, Natal. On the border of Zululand, Krantz Kop, 3800 feet, stands like a sentinel overlooking the silvery ribbon of the Tugela River.Howick Falls, Natal. Here th Umgeni River leaps over a precipice 364 feet in depth, twice that of Niagara Falls. They are within easy distance of Pietermaritzburg.Valley of a Thousand Hills, Natal. No picture or words can convey the mystery and immensity of the Valley of a Thousdand Hills. It must be seen.
Krantz Kop, Natal. On the border of Zululand, Krantz Kop, 3800 feet, stands like a sentinel overlooking the silvery ribbon of the Tugela River.
Krantz Kop, Natal. On the border of Zululand, Krantz Kop, 3800 feet, stands like a sentinel overlooking the silvery ribbon of the Tugela River.
Howick Falls, Natal. Here th Umgeni River leaps over a precipice 364 feet in depth, twice that of Niagara Falls. They are within easy distance of Pietermaritzburg.
Howick Falls, Natal. Here th Umgeni River leaps over a precipice 364 feet in depth, twice that of Niagara Falls. They are within easy distance of Pietermaritzburg.
Valley of a Thousand Hills, Natal. No picture or words can convey the mystery and immensity of the Valley of a Thousdand Hills. It must be seen.
Valley of a Thousand Hills, Natal. No picture or words can convey the mystery and immensity of the Valley of a Thousdand Hills. It must be seen.

The Natal pictures

Natal was so named by Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama when he arrived on the shores of the region in December 1497. It is a warm, sub-tropical area which features lush vegetation and is particularly well suited to sugar cane growing.

The Valley of a Thousand Hills is a spectacular sight between the large port city of Durban and the Province's capital, Pietermaritzburg. The famous annual ultra-marathon road race the Comrades Marathon is run between these two cities and the route skirts around the Valley.


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Lions - Kruger National Park. Visitors to the Kruger National Park are frequently thrilled by the sight of the "King of Beasts" at close quarters.Witpoortjie Falls, Transvaal. Nine miles from Krugersdorp and near to Mulder's Drift are the Witpoortjie Falls, a favourite rendezvous for motorists.Hartebeestpoort Dam, N. Transvaal. Completed in 1924 at a cost of 1600000 pounds, the dam at Hartebeestpoort impounds the waters of the Crocodile River for irrigation purposes.Gold Mine on the Reef, Transvaal. The Mian Reef Series of the Witwatersrand gold fields runs approximately east and west for a distance of nearly 80 miles.Johannesburg, the Golden City. Johannesburg, a city of 50 year's growth, is the centre of the greatest gold-mining industry in the world. Dignified buildings now take the place of old mining shanties.Public Library, Johannesburg. A modern building perfectly adapted to its requirements and situated in the centre of the city."Escom House", Johannesburg. One of the tallest skyscrapers of the Golden City and the headquarters of the Electricity Supply Commission.
Lions - Kruger National Park. Visitors to the Kruger National Park are frequently thrilled by the sight of the "King of Beasts" at close quarters.
Lions - Kruger National Park. Visitors to the Kruger National Park are frequently thrilled by the sight of the "King of Beasts" at close quarters.
Witpoortjie Falls, Transvaal. Nine miles from Krugersdorp and near to Mulder's Drift are the Witpoortjie Falls, a favourite rendezvous for motorists.
Witpoortjie Falls, Transvaal. Nine miles from Krugersdorp and near to Mulder's Drift are the Witpoortjie Falls, a favourite rendezvous for motorists.
Hartebeestpoort Dam, N. Transvaal. Completed in 1924 at a cost of 1600000 pounds, the dam at Hartebeestpoort impounds the waters of the Crocodile River for irrigation purposes.
Hartebeestpoort Dam, N. Transvaal. Completed in 1924 at a cost of 1600000 pounds, the dam at Hartebeestpoort impounds the waters of the Crocodile River for irrigation purposes.
Gold Mine on the Reef, Transvaal. The Mian Reef Series of the Witwatersrand gold fields runs approximately east and west for a distance of nearly 80 miles.
Gold Mine on the Reef, Transvaal. The Mian Reef Series of the Witwatersrand gold fields runs approximately east and west for a distance of nearly 80 miles.
Johannesburg, the Golden City. Johannesburg, a city of 50 year's growth, is the centre of the greatest gold-mining industry in the world. Dignified buildings now take the place of old mining shanties.
Johannesburg, the Golden City. Johannesburg, a city of 50 year's growth, is the centre of the greatest gold-mining industry in the world. Dignified buildings now take the place of old mining shanties.
Public Library, Johannesburg. A modern building perfectly adapted to its requirements and situated in the centre of the city.
Public Library, Johannesburg. A modern building perfectly adapted to its requirements and situated in the centre of the city.
"Escom House", Johannesburg. One of the tallest skyscrapers of the Golden City and the headquarters of the Electricity Supply Commission.
"Escom House", Johannesburg. One of the tallest skyscrapers of the Golden City and the headquarters of the Electricity Supply Commission.

The Transvaal pictures

After the lush green valleys oif Natal out tour crosses the escarpment and comes to the rarified air of the Highveld, with its crisp, dry, cold winters and hot wet summers of thunderstorms alternating with a searing sun beaming down from deep azure skies.

Here too the different peoples that have come to make up the South Africa of today had their clashes over land ownership, land use, and the franchise.

It is a countryside that in the 19th Century was criss-crossed by the long ox wagon trains of the "transportryers (transport riders)" carrying supplies from the coast to the burgeoning highveld gold mining towns, and taking the produce of the farms and mines to the coast for export.

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"Long Cecil", Kimberley. The famous gun made in Kimberley and used during the siege in the S.A. WarAughrabies Falls on the Orange River. All the waters of the Orange River plunge over these falls, which are 500 feet in height and most impressive to see.The Raqadzaal, Bloemfontein, O.F.S. Bloemfontein is the capital of the Orange Free State and has an altitude of 4500 feet. The Raadzaal is in President Brand Street."On Trek", Orange Free State. The poace of the ox-wagon is little more than a by-word today, but the history of South Africa is inter-woven with the exploits of the trek Boers.
"Long Cecil", Kimberley. The famous gun made in Kimberley and used during the siege in the S.A. War
"Long Cecil", Kimberley. The famous gun made in Kimberley and used during the siege in the S.A. War
Aughrabies Falls on the Orange River. All the waters of the Orange River plunge over these falls, which are 500 feet in height and most impressive to see.
Aughrabies Falls on the Orange River. All the waters of the Orange River plunge over these falls, which are 500 feet in height and most impressive to see.
The Raqadzaal, Bloemfontein, O.F.S. Bloemfontein is the capital of the Orange Free State and has an altitude of 4500 feet. The Raadzaal is in President Brand Street.
The Raqadzaal, Bloemfontein, O.F.S. Bloemfontein is the capital of the Orange Free State and has an altitude of 4500 feet. The Raadzaal is in President Brand Street.
"On Trek", Orange Free State. The poace of the ox-wagon is little more than a by-word today, but the history of South Africa is inter-woven with the exploits of the trek Boers.
"On Trek", Orange Free State. The poace of the ox-wagon is little more than a by-word today, but the history of South Africa is inter-woven with the exploits of the trek Boers.

The Free State, Kimberley and the Aughrabies Falls

I have lumped all these cards together although they would take up a few days in time.

"Long Cecil" was a gun built during the siege of Kimberley. It was designed by a US citizen in Kimberley at the time (December 1899) George Labram and fired its first shot on 19 January 1900. The gun now stands on the stylobate of the Honoured Dead Memorial in Kimberley.

The Honoured Dead Memorial was designed by famed architect Sir Herbert Baker on commission from Cecil John Rhodes to commemorate those who died in the siege. It has an inscription penned by Rudyard Kipling, also commissioned by Rhodes:

THIS FOR A CHARGE TO OUR CHILDREN IN SIGN OF THE PRICE WE PAID
THE PRICE WE PAID FOR THE FREEDOM THAT COMES UNSOILED TO YOUR HAND
READ REVERE AND UNCOVER FOR HERE ARE THE VICTORS LAID
THEY THAT DIED FOR THE CITY BEING SONS OF THE LAND

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"Morgenster" - the lovely gable with the scalloped "Morning Star" at its peak. Note the old slave bell to the left. Slave bells were a common feature of the old Cape homesteads.Namaqualand flowers.Flower sellers in Cape Town.Scene in the Kruger National Park.
"Morgenster" - the lovely gable with the scalloped "Morning Star" at its peak. Note the old slave bell to the left. Slave bells were a common feature of the old Cape homesteads.
"Morgenster" - the lovely gable with the scalloped "Morning Star" at its peak. Note the old slave bell to the left. Slave bells were a common feature of the old Cape homesteads.
Namaqualand flowers.
Namaqualand flowers.
Flower sellers in Cape Town.
Flower sellers in Cape Town.
Scene in the Kruger National Park.
Scene in the Kruger National Park.

The Colour Plates

The four colour plates illustrate various aspects of South Africa - the flowers of Namaqualand, which are an annual display of nature's incredible bounty and beauty; flowers being sold by the traditional flower sellers of Cape Town, who have plied their trade there for centuries; the magnificent gabled beauty of Cape Dutch architecture as epitomised by the homestead "Morgenster (Morning Star)" on the original "Vergelegen (Far-off place)" wine estate; and, finally, the somewhat fanciful view of game in the Kruger National Park.

Cape Durch architecture is an indigenous architecture with definite Dutch influence, especially in its most characteristic feature, the beautiful, elegant rounded gables. The houses were most commonly in H shape and the gables were almost always highly decorated with ornate yet elegant plaster work.

Namaqualand is a semi-desert region inland from the west coast north of Cape Town. In spring each year, anytime from July to September, depending on when the rains come, the desert is transformed with dense carpets of brightly coloured flowers.

Copyright Notice

The text and all images on this page, unless otherwise indicated, are by Tony McGregor who hereby asserts his copyright on the material. Should you wish to use any of the text or images feel free to do so with proper attribution and, if possible, a link back to this page. Thank you.

© Tony McGregor 2010

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ralwus 6 years ago

Tony, you are fortunate to have these in such fine condition. I enjoyed this. thanks for sharing.


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msorensson 6 years ago

You never cease to amaze me, Tony. These are awesome pictures/cards. Thanks for sharing!!


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Really nice collection of cards - beautiful illustrations...


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

Beautiful collection and a wonderful bit of history as well. Thank you for sharing


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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

Tony, this is really a precious collection. I would have loved to have one myself. I haven’t seen this yet. Thanks for sharing.


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net2010 6 years ago

enjoyed visiting your site - great work - awesome


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Great collection Tony. I had a collection of postcards from pre-WWII. They are fun. Some thumbnails didn't enlarge but this was all good! Thanks Bud!


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

So something good came out of a tobaco company after all :-))

You are such a lucky so and so to have this wonderful collection. Not only for their beauty, but with 99 cards, each of them a story in itself, you have 99 hubs ready to be written and I for one would love to read every single one of them. :-))

And by the way, as I wite this, I am listening to Miles Davis & John Coltrane - So What (Live Video) on You Tube :-))


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Something about collecting cards. I have done so ever since a child. I owned two sporting goods stores and had a memorabilia section for card collectors.

Being the owner I was able to start a collection of Hockey cards that will be passed on down to my youngest son for his enjoyment and their values are also going up, so he should be able to make some money when he is ready to cash them in. This is a brilliant idea showing your beautiful country off in this manner. Great hub Tony.


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

What an amazing collection! The images are really stunning, Tony!

Thanks for putting this hub together for us to see.


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Timothy Donnelly 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Ditto. Thanks Tony; entertaining Hub.


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Loves To Read 6 years ago

Tony, what a beautiful album of history of one of Gods glorious countries. What a wonderful keepsake and heirloom to pass down through your children. Thank you for sharing this collection with us. It is truly amazing.

God Bless.


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always exploring 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

The pictures are very beautiful, Tony, you do such a great job on any project. Thank you.

Love and Peace


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa Author

Charlie - thanks for stopping by.

Melinda - thank you for the kind words!

Tatjana - thanks for stopping by.

Lilly - you are most welcome.

Martie - come on over, I'll show it to you!

Net2010 - thanks for stopping by.

Micky - sorry about the thumbnails, bro. I was having some difficulties when posting. Hope its all sorted now.

Dimitris - you are a person of culture and taste! Thanks for stopping by and for leaving such kind words.

Ken - thanks for the great comment.

Laurel - it was my plesure, indeed!

Timothy - ditto! Thanks for stopping by.

LTR - my children might miss out if someone here offers me enough cash! LOL! It is a thing of beauty. Wish I could find the one missing card, though!

Ruby - thanks for you kind comment.

Thanks again, all, for stopping by and leaving such a lot of great comments. I really appreciate it.

Love and peace

Tony


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Another great hub from you. I really enjoy reading this hub. Excellent and good work, my friend. Vote up.

Prasetio


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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Tony, you have wonderful treasures in your family (I'm thinking now about the postcards of Rome), and I'm loving these travels into history through the memorabilia your family kept. I can only wonder what's next.


loriamoore 6 years ago

Very cool.


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mulberry1 6 years ago

As those before me have said, awesome photos! Love the whole topic. Not being a smoker, I never knew!


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equealla 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

This is indeed a nice collection. I also did not know it was created. Some places still have the same intensity as it had back then, for instance the valley of a thousand hills.

Thank you for sharing this, it is precious.


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa Author

LTR - glad you enjoyed the visit! Hope the children appreciate it too!

Ruby - your words are too kind, as always! And appreciated, as always.

Prasetio - thank you for such great feedback.

Sally - I am very lucky to have these things! I'm wondering myself!

Lori - thanks for the cool words!

Christine - yes, my parents also didn't smoke so I'm not sure how they managed to collect these, but I'm grateful anyway.

Francis - indeed the wonderful places of our country have a power and intensity which is quite amazing.

Thanks all for the visits and the comments, which are much appreciated, I assure you.

The delay in responding is due to the fact that my laptop is reaching its limit, I think, and so I am nursing it as much as possible as I really can't afford a new one right now! LOL!

Love and peace

Tony


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nifty@50 6 years ago

Very informative and large collection of beautiful landscapes in the form or rare collectibles! Great hub!


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nextstopjupiter 6 years ago from here, there and everywhere

A great introduction to your country, in a very unusual way, thanks for this hub, Tony!


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MsFran 6 years ago from Here and There, Everywhere

What a great collection of cards that show some wonderful images of a fantastic country.

Thanks for posting, brought back many fond memories.


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rugsdynamic 6 years ago

Excellent collection showing the various parts of South Africa. I lived there for a number of years and never saw any of these about.

Makes me want to pack the bags and head to the airport, thanks for sharing.


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Storytellersrus 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

If your mother and father did not smoke, the artistic renderings presented here would still attract their cultured eyes; they are lovely to behold. What a treasure. Thanks for sharing it with us. I feel as if I have been sitting in your living room sipping tea and gazing at an old, familiar album.


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GarnetBird 6 years ago from Northern California

What a unique Hub--lovely artwork and history--would enjoy your comments on my Chinese Emperor Hub (Qin).


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa Author

Nifty@50 - thanks for the kind words. I appreciate them.

Love and peace

Tony


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa Author

Bernd - glad you enjoyed it, my friend! Thanks for stopping by.

Love and peace

Tony


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa Author

Fran - thanks for the comment, which makes me wonder - are you ex-South African or did you visit here? Or are the memories of the time you smoked? LOL!

Thanks again

Love and peace

Tony


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa Author

Rugsdynamic - Thanks for the comment. You should do that - I mean get on a plane and come visit! You won't be sorry!

Thanks again

Love and peace

Tony

PS - did you just answer my question to MsFran by any chance? Before I had even asked it! LOL!


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa Author

Barbara - wish you were! I'm sure there would be some great conversation and a lot of laughs!

Love and peace

Tony


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa Author

GB - thanks for stopping by. I have just read your Chinese Emperor Hub and left a comment! Thanks for your visit here, which I truly appreciate.

Love and peace

Tony


barbara Hadden  5 years ago

Hi Tony

I have the following Cigarette Cards books are they worth anything in money value

South Africa Defence

Medels and decorations of the British commonwealth of Nations

Our South Africa National Parks 1 & 2

Our South African Birds

Our Land Ons Land

Our South Africa Past & Present

They are all in Afrikaans Too


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa Author

Barbara - unfortunately they do not really. The cards themselves, if not pasted into the books, do have quite good monetary value but the books not.

Thanks for stopping by.

Love and peace

Tony


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jeanihess 4 years ago from Cape Town South Africa

Interesting:)


Jane 3 years ago

I have a complete (100) collection of the Charles Peers "Our Land" cigarette cards. They are in very good condition, unpasted, loose. He was certainly an interesting painter


Natalie 3 years ago

Hi Tony

Where would you go to have the cards valued?

Thanks

Natalie


Deborah 3 years ago

lovely pic, but the poverty is not as you say..extreme and obviuos! it is only in some "areas"...you know what i mean by that...:)) What about the rest of Africa, South America...Middle East...Eastern Europe...endless list...SA is not the only country and "things" are not that bad as people make it comparing to countries i've mentioned here...:)))

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