Cigarette card. Coaches series.

New Zealand
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Cigarette card. The card has a picture of a red coach on spring suspension, with yellow wheels and yellow lining and writing . There is text on the reverse side. ('CULVERDEN-HANMER SPRING 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. <CULVERDEN-HANMER SPRING COACH>

Reverse side text. <COACHES AND COACHING DAYS/ A SERIES OF 50/ 38/ Culverden-Hanmer Spring Coach, 20th Century/ The above coach, on steel springs, ran from the railway station, Culverden, to Hanmer's Plains and Jollie's Pass Hotel. It seated 12 passengers and was drawn by four horses. The whole roof space was planned to give plenty of accommodation for luggage and parcels. the proprietor was the late Mr. Thomas Derrett, of Waiau./ 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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