Cigarette card. Coaches series.

New Zealand
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Cigarette card. The card has a picture of a red coach with yellow wheels and a pair of harnessed horses on one side, and text on the reverse. ('SIR GEORGE GREY'S COACH'') 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
Media/Materials description
Coach picture on front with caption. <SIR GEORGE GREY'S COACH>

Reverse side text. <COACHES AND COACHING DAYS/ A SERIES OF 50/ 24/ Sir George Grey's Coach/ This coach, a light Concord coach made by Abbot and Downing, was imported by Cobb & Co., Christchurch, in the 'sixties with two others, the three costing £1000. It was used to convey the Governor, Sir George Grey, in 1867, when he visited Canterbury, from the railway station to Melville House, Christchurch. During his stay it was placed at his disposal with a team of six black horses tooled by John Knox. /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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