Cigarette card. Coaches series.

New Zealand
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Cigarette card. The card has a picture of a green coach with yellow wheels and dark coloured roof on one side, and text on the reverse. ('CONCORD WAGGON, 1860'') The card was one of a series of 50 on coaching issued by tobacco company WD & HO Wills of Bristol England for its New Zealand subsiduary. This series of cards all dealt with coaches and coaching history including the operations of Cobb & Co. Cigarette cards were intended to be collected, thereby promoting the consumption of the producer's brand of cigarettes.
CH classification DOCUMENTS Cards cigarette card
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L65mm X W35mm
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Coach picture on front with caption. <CONCORD WAGGON, 1860>

Reverse side text. <COACHES AND COACHING DAYS/ A SERIES OF 50/ 16/ The Concord Waggon, 1860/ This waggon was made expressly for Cobb and Co., and was listed as an Australian waggon by Abbot and Downing, the American coachbuilders. A similar vehicle, seating 11 passengers, was built to travel betweenChristchurch and Hokitika in the '60's. Eventually it was converted into a coach, with seats on the roof, and became the Burton coach. It is still in existence./W.D. & H.O. WILLS/ Bristol & London>>
History and use
Cigarette cards were collectable promtional material items for tobacco companies. The topics on the cards were of general interest such as sports people or events in history. This card is from a series of 50 dealing with coaches and coaching history, including Cobb & Co, intended for the New Zealand market. Cobb & Co operated coaches in New Zealand as well as Australia.
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