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Allen & Ginter

First collectible cigarette cards in the United States.Created by: PICRYLDated: 1888
Plate 4, from the Fans of the Period series (N7) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands
Allen and Ginter, a tobacco manufacturing company founded in 1865 by John Allen and Lewis Ginter in Richmond, Virginia, created the first cigarette cards for collecting and trading in the United States. The first tobacco company to employ female labor, by 1886 they had 1,100 employees, predominantly girls, who rolled the cigarettes.

The Company history ended when in 1880, Allen and Ginter offered a prize for the invention of the machine able to roll cigarettes. Inventor James Albert Bonsack won the prize. But all but one of the large tobacco manufacturers, including Allen and Ginter itself, declined to buy the machine because it was not 100% reliable. James Buchanan Duke did buy the machine invention in 1885 and by 1890 he had consolidated his four major competitors, including Allen & Ginter, and formed the American Tobacco Company. The "Allen & Ginter Company" was no more, but Lewis Ginter sat on the board of the American Tobacco Company.
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Novelty Iron works, Foot of 12th St. E.R. New York. Stillman, Allen & Co., Iron Founders, Steam Engine and General Machinery Manufacturers
John Adams, from the Presidents of the United States series (N51) for Virginia Brights Cigarettes
James Madison, from the Presidents of the United States series (N51) for Virginia Brights Cigarettes
James A. Garfield, from the Presidents of the United States series (N51) for Virginia Brights Cigarettes
James Buchanan, from the Presidents of the United States series (N51) for Virginia Brights Cigarettes
3rd Base, from the Girl Baseball Players series (N48, Type 2) for Virginia Brights Cigarettes
Bulgaria, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

Bulgaria, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter ...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
Card 1, from the Girl Baseball Players series (N48, Type 1) for Virginia Brights Cigarettes
Card 6, from the Girl Baseball Players series (N48, Type 1) for Virginia Brights Cigarettes
South Africa (Boer), from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

South Africa (Boer), from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Alle...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

Stealing Second, from the Girl Baseball Players series (N48, Type 2) for Virginia Brights Cigarettes
Zululand, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

Zululand, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter ...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
From the Girls and Children series (N65) promoting Opera Puffs Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
From the Girls and Children series (N65) promoting Richmond Gem Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
Card 3, from the Girl Baseball Players series (N48, Type 1) for Virginia Brights Cigarettes
1st Base, from the Girl Baseball Players series (N48, Type 2) for Dixie Cigarettes
From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
Mexico, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

Mexico, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Ci...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
Pitcher, from the Girl Baseball Players series (N48, Type 2) for Virginia Brights Cigarettes
From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
Scotland, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

Scotland, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter ...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

Holland, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

Holland, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter C...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

Siam, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

Siam, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Ciga...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
China, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

China, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cig...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

Australia (Indian), from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

Australia (Indian), from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
Catcher, from the Girl Baseball Players series (N48, Type 2) for Virginia Brights Cigarettes
From the Girl Baseball Players series (N48, Type 2) for Virginia Brights Cigarettes
From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
2nd Base, from the Girl Baseball Players series (N48, Type 2) for Virginia Brights Cigarettes
Nubia, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

Nubia, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cig...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
Lapland, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

Lapland, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter C...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

From the Girls and Children series (N65) promoting Richmond Straight Cut Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
Arabia, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

Arabia, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Ci...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

America (Indian), from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

America (Indian), from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen &...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
Circassia, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

Circassia, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

Switzerland, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

Switzerland, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Gint...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
From the Girls and Children series (N65) promoting Richmond Straight Cut Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
Turkey, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

Turkey, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Ci...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

Haiti, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

Haiti, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cig...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
Card 4, from the Girl Baseball Players series (N48, Type 2) for Virginia Brights Cigarettes
Tartary, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

Tartary, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter C...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

Card 4, from the Girl Baseball Players series (N48, Type 1) for Virginia Brights Cigarettes
Dahomey, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

Dahomey, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter C...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

Card 2, from the Girl Baseball Players series (N48, Type 1) for Virginia Brights Cigarettes
Eskimo, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

Eskimo, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Ci...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
Shortstop, from the Girl Baseball Players series (N48, Type 2) for Virginia Brights Cigarettes
From the Girls and Children series (N65) promoting Richmond Gem Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
American, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

American, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter ...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
1st Base, from the Girl Baseball Players series (N48, Type 2) for Virginia Brights Cigarettes
Brazil, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

Brazil, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Ci...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

Abyssinia, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

Abyssinia, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

Zanzibar (Turk), from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

Zanzibar (Turk), from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & ...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

Card 8, from the Girl Baseball Players series (N48, Type 1) for Virginia Brights Cigarettes
From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
Card 3, from the Girl Baseball Players series (N48, Type 2) for Virginia Brights Cigarettes
Korea, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

Korea, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cig...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

Albania, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

Albania, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter C...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

France, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

France, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Ci...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
The Batter, from the Girl Baseball Players series (N48, Type 2) for Virginia Brights Cigarettes
From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
New Caledonia, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

New Caledonia, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Gi...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

Card 3, from the Girl Baseball Players series (N48, Type 2) for Virginia Brights Cigarettes
Peru, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

Peru, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Ciga...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

Egypt, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

Egypt, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cig...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

Tripoli, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

Tripoli, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter C...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

Center Field, from the Girl Baseball Players series (N48, Type 2) for Virginia Brights Cigarettes
Card 6, from the Girl Baseball Players series (N48, Type 2) for Virginia Brights Cigarettes
Spain, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

Spain, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cig...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

From the Girls and Children series (N64) promoting Virginia Brights Cigarettes for Allen & Ginter brand tobacco products
Venezuela, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

Venezuela, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

Portugal, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands

Portugal, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginter ...

Trade cards from the "Natives in Costume" series (N16), issued in 1886 in a set of 50 cards to promote Allen & Ginter brand cigarettes. Allen & Ginter (American, Richmond, Virginia)

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