New York: Kinney Tobacco Company, circa 1890. Notebook. These 345 cards are affixed to pages within a standard commercial quarter-leather notebook. The cards, which measure 1 3/8” x 2 3/4” are pasted/glued to the album’s pages. 220 of the cards have white backgrounds; 125 of the cards have colored backgrounds. Almost all of the card fronts are in very good condition; a few have some edge-wear. No attempt has been made to remove the cards from the album. The album pages are all attached, although the spine is badly worn and the binding is fragile. Very good. Item #008706
This popular set of tobacco trading cards was the largest set ever issued. 622 different cards have been identified. (See Burdick, N224). Some of the cards were issued with white backgrounds, others with colored backgrounds. Each individual card illustrates a different military uniform from ancient times until the then present day, and Kinney Brothers was actively soliciting military organizations to submit pictures of their uniforms for inclusion in the set; the reverse of some cards contains the text, “This is the most complete and correct collection of military and naval uniforms throughout the world. Regiments forwarding COLORED sketches will be included as rapidly as possible. Also Military Decorations, Coats of Arms and Flags of all nations. Kinney Tobacco Company, New York. Successors to Kinney Bros.”.