Cigarette card. Coaches series.

New Zealand
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Cigarette card. The card has a picture of two coaches, one a red coach with a team of four harnessed horses, and a green coach also with a team of four. The scene features the coaches outside a hotel. There is text on the reverse side. ('COACHES AT CLINTON OTAGO'') 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. <COACHES AT CLINTON OTAGO>

Reverse side text. <COACHES AND COACHING DAYS/ A SERIES OF 50/ 26/ Coaches at Clinton Otago, in '70's/ This pictire from a photograph shows R.B.Williams and Co.'s coaches outside the Royal Mail Hotel, Clinton, in the 'seventies. The coach on the left, driven by Mr. Williams in person, is about to leave for Balclutha, connecting there with coach or train for Dunedin, and the other vehicle carries passengers and mails for Invercargill and Southland. /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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