Great American Smoke Out
Today is the 35th Annual Great American Smoke Out..
If you are going 'cold turkey' today - you have my best.
I've never smoked myself, but if I'd have been around at the turn
of the century, I might have been a puffer.
Yep, just to collect tobacco cards.
If you are a regular, you know I am a collector..
In the category:Â Ephemera, / sub group: Tobacciana,Â / sub-sub group: Tobacco Cards, I collect the Hassan Cowboy series..
Everything about these cards is appealing to me. Â I think if I had been around when these cuties were issued, I'd have been a closet smoker just to have an excuse to collect them. Â I love the Victorian graphics and litho-printing techniques.Â The cliche' rope frames that encircle images of "everyday cowboy life" and the hysterical descriptions on the backs of the cards are delightful.Â Get a load of this one:
The cowboys are a hard lot to look at.Â Their life is not one for weaklings.Â Beneath the rough exterior, however there are no truer-hearted men, and their voices always soften when somebody talks of home and "mammy."