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    1888 G93 Kinney "Naval Vessels of the World" Tobacco Advertising Banner. The fragile paper banner that glowingly advertised the latest set of insert cards found inside packs of tobacco are among the rarest 19th Century collectibles. The American Card Catalog values almost all 19th Century cards for under a $1.00, these rare advertisements at estimated from $10.00 to 20.00 or more. Offered is a full-color 15 x 28"advertising poster for the Kinney Bros. "Naval Vessels of the World" set issued in 1888. The banner design is a flurry of professionally illustrated nautical scenes plus depictions of all twenty-five "N226" cards. If ACC estimate are any indication, this banner is a rarity among the rare. The Kinney brand did not rank as a top brand and in the cut throat world of store space it would be advertising for a lesser brand that would be discard first or just completely discarded. The banner for the most part has survived quite well. In the last 125 years it has been cropped and mounted to the hard wood panel backing; creasing is limited to the bottom portion and there are some areas of color added along the line of the crease. The restoration is subtle and obviously the work of a professional. An exceptionally rare piece that has not been made available for auction very often.

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    May, 2013
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