Ardath cigarette card of Jean Harlow
Ardath cigarette card of Jean Harlow

Actors and actresses have been the subject of cigarette cards from the beginning. Stage actors and actresses were displaced by movie stars as the favoured topic from about 1915 when the American Tobacco  Company issued a series of movie stars. Scores of other series followed, issued by various companies all over the world. Movie star cards reached their peak of popularity in the 1930s. Production ceased during the Second World War and never really recovered.
 

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