World Holidays Trade Card: HARVEST HOME,-Italy
Set (incomplete, original set offered over 30 cards) of 3 trade cards (tobacco cards/premiums in cigarette packs) depicting holidays from around the world. Cards were distributed by Duke tobacco and made by Geo S. Harris & Sons. Depicted on the card with light blue background is a lady, arms raised holding a tambourine above her head. Her white blouse has full sleeves fallen to her elbows. A dark blue vest with gold trim tucked under the blue cumberband that has different color pattern. Over her left shoulder hanging down the back is a blanket, the pink dress under the hanging cumberband. Perhaps a field of wheat behind her. Printed on the back of the card: " In certain rural district of Italy the peasants gather together in large numbers toward the end of harvest to celebrate their Harvest Home. To them it is a happy season - the toil of summer is over, their grain is safely garnered. Dressed in their very best and gayest attire they dance and sing aldn feast the day away. (unable to read the rest)
Trade cards found in the HC collection (were previously glued to a page as evidenced by missing portions and glue residue on the back of each card), it is possible the cards were originally part of 1957.2 donation, however no documentation currently (2015) exists to prove this., W. Duke, Sons & Co. was a tobacco manufacturer founded by Washington Duke in 1881. His son, James B. Duke, later became president of the American Tobacco Company. Collection comprises a volume containing meeting minutes for shareholders and the Board of Directors, 1885-1891, along with a volume of company costs and expenses, 1909-1953. There are also advertising materials dated 1876-1904, including trading cards, albums, and other advertising collectibles from the W. Duke Sons & Co., Liggett & Myers, American Tobacco, and other tobacco companies., From http://blogs.library.duke.edu/bitstreams/2014/10/24/collection-preview-w-duke-sons-co-cigarette-cards/ 7.13.2017
Printed on front: "HARVEST HOME, - Italy"
Printed on back top, "HOLIDAYS / HARVEST HOME, ITALY"
Printed on back bottom: "Packed in / Duke's / CIGARETTES/ GEO S. HARRIS & SONS, LITH PHILA"