Album, Cigarette Cards ; The Three Castles; 1930-1940; WY.0000.943


Album, Cigarette Cards

About this object

This volume of 'The Three Castles' picture card album contains a selction of cigarette cards depicting flowers, old Staffordshire figurines, railway engines, dogs, motor cars and zoo animals.

Card collecting has been a hobby enjoyed by people around the world for over 120 years, and many products have included some type of give-away card set to collect.

Cigarette card collecting was at its peak in New Zealand from the mid-1920s and continued for about 15 years. Cards depicting ships, trains, motorcars, animals, sportsmen and women, flags, soldiers and many other subjects were produced - one card in each packet of cigarettes, cigars and tobacco. At some stage, most New Zealand households had a Three Castles album on the go too. Although initially intended as advertising for various brands of cigarettes, the cards were quickly seized upon by children, and because of their efforts large quantities of cigarette cards have survived.


The Three Castles

Maker Role


Date Made




Place Made

Europe, Great Britain

Medium and Materials

organic, processed material, vegetal, paper, card
organic, processed material, vegetal, paper

Inscription and Marks

On cover: 'The Three Castles'
'Picture Album'
'British Made'


h 190 mm x w 260 mm x d 30 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Domestic Life (household chattels, food and drink)

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Deirdre O’Flynn 22 Jul 2020 04:11 AM,UTC

The cover says The Three Caftles not Castles

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