16 September - Archaeology - Cigarette Card
Not everything we're finding under the pews at Holy Trinity church, Minchinhampton, is that old...this cigarette card fell through a crack in the floorboards in the early twentieth century. Cigarette cards stiffened packets of cigarettes and from the late 19th century sets of themed cards were printed, with albums produced for card collectors. No. 42 in a series of 50 cards on 'Celebrated Gateways' this card by John Player and Sons dates from 1909.
Was a worshipper desperate for a cigarette, were children engaging in illicit card swaps during prayers, or did reading about St Laurence's Gate, Drogheda relieve a particularly boring sermon? We will never know!
Chiz Harward BA MCIfA Urban Archaeology