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Vintage Boy Scout Cigarette Cards (Collectibles)

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Boy Scout Cigarette Cards (Collectibles)

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Robert Baden-Powell started the scout movement in 1907. He developed the idea from his experiences with the British Army in South Africa. The Boy Scout program was created to improve the self-reliance, initiative and courage of youths. The movement grew rapidly and became the world's largest youth organisation. A few years after the movement emerged, cigarette card issuers identified its popularity and began producing sets of Boy Scout cards.

  It would be impractical to list every Boy Scout set issued and so I've listed small selection of mainly the more unusual and rare card sets that I've come across in my six years of dealing on eBay. I've provided scans of a sample card from each set and tried to include all card titles.

  • Name Of Set: Boy Scouts, A Series
  • Manufacturer: WA & AC Churchman
  • Issue Year: 1916
  • Card Number: 50
  • Card Titles: How to Cross Tram-lines on a Muddy Day, An Exception to the Rule of the Road, Giving Warning when Turning a Corner, The Rule of the Road In Cities, Three Useful Hints For Cyclist Scouts, Straight - Halved and Housing Joints, Tenon and Dovetail Joints, How To Sharpen a Plane-iron, How to Sharpen a Chisel, How to Use a Plane, How to Whitewash a Ceiling, How to Repaint a Door, How to Mend Your Clothes, How a Lock Works, How a Tap Works, Schafer's Method of Artificial Respiration, Flinging the Squaler, Improvised Stretchers, Improvised Splints For First Aid, The Fireman's Lift, How The Telephone Works, Some Types of Cells, How to Rescue One Suffering From Shock, How to Install an Electric Bell, A Simple Electro-Magnet, Signalling with Staff Pt1, Signalling With Staff Pt2, Signalling with the Whistle, An Improvised Signalling Flag, An Improvised Flashlight Apparatus, Some British Reptiles, A Butterfly and a Moth, The Frog and the Toad, The Bee The Wasp and the Hornet, Some Poisonous Berries, Clouds and Their Meaning Pt1, Clouds and Their Meaning Pt2, Types of Sailing Vessels, Four Useful Knots, How to Splice Ropes, Scouts' Bugle Calls Pt1, Scouts' Bugle Calls Pt2, Scouts Bugle Calls Pt3, Scouts' Bugle Calls Pt4, Scouts' Bugle Calls Pt5, Sitting Position, Prone Position, Kneeling Position, Back Position, and Off-Hand Position.
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  • Name Of Set: Boy Scouts, 2nd Series
  • Manufacturer: WA & AC Churchman
  • Issue Year: 1916
  • Card Number: 50
  • Card Titles: Standard Bearer, Scout Salute and Secret Sign, Troop Formation, Scouts' Drill Pt1, Scouts' Drill Pt2, Scouts' Drill Pt3, Scouts' Drill Pt4, Morse Signalling  Dot and Dash, Smoke Signalling by Day, Flare Signalling by Night, Finding The Way of the Wind, Weather Signs Pt1, Weather Signs Pt2, Life Saving, How to Use a Life Buoy, Rescuing from Fire, Scrum, How to Stop a Runaway Horse, Scouts' Game: Deer Stalking, Old Spotty Face, Wool Collecting Game, The Game of Tails, How to Fix Tent Pegs, How to Erect a Bell Tent, Building a Trestle Bridge, Crossing a River by Means of a Chair, Improvised Bridge, Repressing a Sneeze, Invisible Ink For Writing Despatches, A Good Method of Carrying Water, An Emergency Tripod Kitchen, An Efficient Camp Kitchen, Keeping Reptiles away from the Camp Fire, Useful Trail Marks, A Good Sound Conductor, Some Useful Knots, How To Use the Watch As A Compass, The Points of the Compass, How To Find North, How to Make a Map, How to Make a Map Pt2, To Measure the Height of a Tree, To Measure the Breadth of a River, How to Make a Scouts' Button from a Bootlace, How to Tie a Shoe Lace, Improvised Utensils, An Emergency Water Filter, Improvised Tripod, Camp Box and Table Combined,and Camp Table.
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  • Name Of Set: Boy Scouts, 3rd Series ( Brown Back )
  • Manufacturer: WA & AC Churchman
  • Issue Year: 1916
  • Card Number: 50
  • Card Titles: A Boy Scout, A Patrol Leader, A Bugler Scout, A Cyclist Scout, The Scout's Equipment, The Scouts' Euipment, Scoutmaster's Field Dress, The Scout's Handshake and Salute, On the March, The Treck Cart, A Halt for Refreshments, Arrival of Kit Bags and Provision in Camp, Scouts' Tent, In Camp: Cooking Operations, Washing Up,Scouts' Hut, How to Make a Camp Bed, Making a Bivouac Shelter, Canadian Camping Bed, Pioneer Patrol, Scout Felling a Tree, Dispatch Riding, Hand Semaphore Signalling, Morse Signalling, On the Lookout, Scouting Under Difficulties, Approaching Cautiously, Taking Cover, Scout Making Signs, Tracking Signs, Preparing an Ambush, Bringing a Prisoner through the Camp Lines, Stalking at Night, Surveying, Scouts' Three-Rope Bridge, In Camp: Quarter Staff, The Camping Fire, An Officer Dealing With Wounded Scout, A Case For The Ambulance, Transporting A Wounded Comrade, Cycle Ambulance, Scouts Badges 1, Scouts Badges 2, Scouts Badges 3, Patrol Flags and Hat Badge 1, Patrol Flags and Hat Badge 2, Patrol Flags and Hat Badge 3, The King's Badge, The Silver Wolf, and General Sir RSS Baden Powell - Founder of The Scout Movement.
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  • Name Of Set: Boy Scout Series (Green Back, Mixed Varieties)
  • Manufacturer: Gallaher
  • Issue Year: 1911
  • Card Number: 100
  • Card Titles: The Boy Scout,Leaving the Sign, Sentry Duty At Night, On Parade, The Proud Owner of a Medal, How To Clean A Kicking Pony, The Scoutmaster, Doing A Good Turn, Out Scouting, In Ambush, Studying A Map, Boxing, Following a Track, Stalking, The Scout Cyclist, Reptiles, Tracking, Tracking a Horse, Finding a Lost Trail, How to Hide a Trail, How To Mark A Track, How To Make a Map, Travelling By The Stars, Weather Signs, To Make A Scout's Tent, How To Make a Fire, To Build A Simple Shelter, Pitching a Bell Tent, The Scout's Dinner, To Build a Trestle Bridge, To Build A Barrel Bridge, To Make A Chair, A Simple Code, Salutes, The Scout Cyclist, Cyclists To Action, Observation Posts, Cycle Ambulance, Despatch Riding, How to Build A Shelter Trench, Brigand Hunting, Cutting the Enemy's Telegraphs, The Cyclist Scouts, Rescue the Prisoner, Striking the Enemy's Flag, Stopping the Horse, Cock Fighting, The Hidden Despatch Ruse, To Carry An Unconscious Man, Fracture of the Collar Bone, Fracture of the Thigh, Fracture of the Leg, Broken Leg, Broken Arm, Burns and Scalds, Telegraph Pole Signs, First Aid in Snake Bite, Epileptic Fits, Apoplectic Fits, Fainting Fits, Poisoning, Choking, Grit or Insects In the Eye, Improvising Stretcher, Rescue From Drowning, Sign Posts, Reviving the Apparently Drowned, Rescue From Fire, Electric Shock, Deaf And Dumb Alphabet, Morse Alphabet, Semaphore Alphabet, Physical Drill with Staves P1, Physical Drill with Staves P2, Physical Drill with Staves P3, Physical Drill with Staves P4, Physical Drill with Staves P4, and Physical Drill with Staves P5.
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  • Name Of Set: Boy Scouts (blue back)
  • Manufacturer: Ogdens
  • Issue Year: 1911
  • Card Number: 50
  • Card Titles: A Boy Scout, A Patrol Leader, A Bugler Scout, A Cyclist Scout, The Scout's Equipment, The Scouts' Euipment, Scoutmaster's Field Dress, The Scout's Handshake and Salute, On the March, The Treck Cart, A Halt for Refreshments, Arrival of Kit Bags and Provision in Camp, Scouts' Tent, In Camp: Cooking Operations, Washing Up, Scouts' Hut, How to Make a Camp Bed, Making a Bivouac Shelter, Canadian Camping Bed, Pioneer Patrol, Scout Felling a Tree, Dispatch Riding, Hand Semaphore Signalling, Morse Signalling, On the Lookout, Scouting Under Difficulties, Approaching Cautiously, Taking Cover, Scout Making Signs, Tracking Signs, Preparing an Ambush, Bringing a Prisoner through the Camp Lines, Stalking at Night,Surveying, Scouts' Three-Rope Bridge, In Camp: Quarter Staff, The Camping Fire, An Officer Dealing With Wounded Scout, A Case For The Ambulance, Transporting A Wounded Comrade, Cycle Ambulance, Scouts Badges 1, Scouts Badges 2, Scouts Badges 3, Patrol Flags and Hat Badge 1, Patrol Flags and Hat Badge 2, Patrol Flags and Hat Badge 3, The King's Badge, The Silver Wolf, and General Sir RSS Baden Powell - Founder of The Scout Movement.
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  • Name Of Set: Boy Scouts, 4th Series ( Green Back )
  • Manufacturer: Ogdens
  • Issue Year: 1913
  • Card Number: 50
  • Card Titles: International Signal Code Pt1, International Signal Code Pt2, International Signal Code Pt3, Lights of Ships Pt1, Lights of Ships Pt2, The Rule of the Road at Sea, Eclipse of the Sun, The Phase3 of the Moon, Releasing From Drowning Person's Clutch, Rescuing Drowning Persons, How not To Tie Up A Boat, Rowing a Boat, Rowing Over the Stern, Port and Starboard Track, Various Rigs of Boats, The Rocket Apparatus, The Rocket Apparatus in Use, The Cause of the Tides, Marks of Fishing Boats Pt1, Marks of Fishing boats Pt2, Mercantile Flags, Storm Signal, Distant Signals, Types of Dirigible Balloons, Types of Monoplanes, Types of Biplanes, Scout Flying Model Aeroplane, Boxing Pt1, Boxing Pt2, Wrestling Pt1, Wrestling Pt2, Ju-Jitsu Pt1, Jujitsu Pt2, Horse With and Without the Bearing Rein, The Chair Knot, Using the Jumping Sheet, What to do When Clothing is on Fire, The Oak, The Willow, The Ash, The Yew, The Beech, The Union Jack, Badges of Proficiency, How to Sharpen a Knife, How to Cut a Stencil, How to Pierce a Coin, How To Prevent A Nail Splitting the Wood, How to Stop a Mad Dog, The Yew, The Beech, The Union Jack, Badges of Proficiency, How to Sharpen a Knife, and How to Cut a Stencil.
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  • Name Of Set: Boy Scouts ( Different )
  • Manufacturer: Ogdens
  • Issue Year: 1929
  • Card Number: 50
  • Card Titles: Wolf Cub Sixers, 1st Class Scout and King's Scout, A Scottish Scout, Sea Scouts, A Rover Scout, Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster, The Wolf Cub Promise, The Grand Howl, Cub Service, Nature  Study for Cubs, Cub to Scout - The Going Up Ceremony, The Scout Signs, The Flags, Investiture of a Tenderfoot, A Scout's Honour, A Scout is Loyal, A Scout Helps Others, A Scout is a Friend to All, A Scout is Courteous, A Scout is a Friend to Animals, A Scout Obeys Orders without Question, A Scout Smiles and Whistles under all Difficulties, A Scout is thrifty, A Scout is Clean, Some Patrol Signs Pt1, Some Patrol Signs Pt2, Salutes,Trekking, A Hike Camp, Hoisting the Flag, A Troop in Camp, Camping Gadgets, A Camp Game, Points of the Compass, A Good Turn, Felling Timber, The Camp Fire, Cooking Stew, Fire-Lighting, First Aid, Signalling, The Journey Test, Judging Heights, Artificial Respiration, Cooking Baking A Twist, Nature Study, Signalling,Stalking, Tracking, and Woodmanship.
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  • Name Of Set: Boy Scouts And Girl Guides
  • Manufacturer: John Player and Sons
  • Issue Year: 1933
  • Card Number: 50
  • Card Titles: 1 Beaver, 2 Bulldog, 3 Cobra, 4 Cuckoo, 5 Curlew, 6 Eagle, 7 Fox, 8 Hawk, 9 Hound, 10 Kangaroo, 11 Lion, 12 Otter, 13 Owl, 14 Panther, 15 Peewit, 16 Rattlesnake, 17 Raven, 18 Sea-Gull, 19 Seal, 20 Stag, 21 Swift, 22 Tiger, 23 Wolf, 24 Woodpecker, 25 Wood-Pigeon, 26 Blackbird, 27 Bullfinch, 28 Canary, 29 Chaffinch, 30 Cornflower, 31 Daffodil, 32 Forget-Me-Not, 33 White Heather, 34 Holly, 35 Kingfisher, 36 Nightingale, 37 Pansy, 38 Scarlet Pimpernel, 39 Poppy, 40 Primrose, 41 Robin, 42 Red Rose, 43 Skylark, 44 Shamrock, 45 Swallow, 46 Thistle, 47 Thrush, 48 Blue Tit, 49 Violet, 50 Wren
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  • Name Of Set: Boy Scout Badges
  • Manufacturer: CWS
  • Issue Year: 1939
  • Card Number: 50
  • Card Titles: Chief Scout - Lord Baden Powell, Climber,Entertainer, Explorer, Folk-Dancer, Forester, King Scout, Interpreter, Journalist, Leather Worker, Marksman, Mason, Master-At-Arms, Metal Worker, Miner, Missioner, Surveyor, Tracker, Wireless, World Friendship, Piper, Prospector,  Public Health Man, Oarsman, Ambulance, Artist, Athlete, Basket Maker, Naturalist, Boatman, Bookbinder, Camper, Coast Watchman, Engineer, Pilot, Plumber, Printer, Reader, Rescuer, Rigger, Sea Fisherman, Signaller, Stalker, Star Man, Swimmer, Tailor, Weather Man, 2nd Class Boy Scout, and First Class Scout.
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