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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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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)

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

Serbia, 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)

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

Hindustan, 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)

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

England, 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)

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

Canada, 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)

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)

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

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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

Annam, 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)

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

Germany, 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)

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

Madagascar, from the Natives in Costume series (N16) for Allen & Ginte...

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)

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

Ceylon, 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

Russia, 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)

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)

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)

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)

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

Japan, 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)

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)

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)

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

Java, 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)

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)

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)