Illustration of two people in robes on either side of a blue and yellow shield with a brown horse head on top over a white and brown banner on a light blue and pink background with brown text on a white background
SWEET CAPORAL CIGARETTE BUTTONS MADE BY WHITEHEAD & HOAG CO NEWARK, N.J.
Around the turn of the century, a popular advertising technique for cigarette companies was to include trading cards in their packages. The cards also served the purpose of stabilizing the folded paper boxes. Many companies would include a collector pin that matched the card as an added incentive to purchase frequently to collect the complete set. Sweet Caporal Cigarettes, produced by Kinney Tobacco Company, issued several sets including a Military Series in 1888-1889 that featured lithograph prints of state coat of arms as well as international military uniforms. They also had an Actresses set in 1890 that featured albumen prints of famous US actresses.
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