Cigarette Cards depicting soldiers of the West India Regiments


These cigarette cards, and others such as Philips cigarettes, were typical collectors items at the turn of the 20th century. Cigarette cards were a very practical way that images of the West India Regiment soldiers circulated throughout Britain, and beyond (although West India soldiers do not feature in these particular items). As collectors items these cards brought the soldiers into the homes and imaginations of a wider public through a burgeoning consumer culture. They also highlight the increasing symbolic role of the West India Regiment, as the actual numbers of soldiers in the Regiment decreased.

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Players cigarettes using images of military uniforms of the British Empire overseas “Ask your tobacconist for the attractive album (price 3 pence) specially prepared to hold the complete series.”
c. 1890s
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