Aus Wald und Flur

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“Cigarette pictures” from the album, Aus Wald und Flor: Pflanzen unserer Heimat (Forests and Fields: Our Native Plants) (1937) by Walter Nöldner, published by the “Cigaretten Bilderdienst” (Cigarette Picture Service) in Altona, Germany.

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In the 1930s, instead of including trading cards/picture cards in their cigarette packets, the Reemtsma tobacco company began enclosing coupons. When enough coupons had been collected, they were sent to the “Cigaretten Bilderdienst” (Cigarette Picture Service) for a set of gummed pictures.

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The albums — which could be purchased very inexpensively — were large books published with spaces for the pictures; when the pictures arrived, they could be stuck in to provide the illustrations.

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Several series were in print at the same time — Reemtsma produced a total of 22 — so collectors could choose which series they wanted.

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Please note: This is about trees, flowers, books and collecting, and does not imply approval of smoking or fascism.


Tree Stamps

Ivan Shishkin copy

Ivan Shishkin

Isaac Levitan copy

Isaac Levitan


Trees by Mail

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Bermuda Harpers


Class Picnic

“They gathered upon the sandy banks of a creek, in the blue shade of big, patchy-barked sycamores, with a dancing sky on top of everything and gold dust atwinkle over the water. Hither the napkin-covered baskets were brought from the wagons and assembled in the shade, where they appeared as an attractive little meadow of white napery, and gave both surprise and pleasure to communities of ants and to other original settlers of the neighborhood.”

— From Booth Tarkington’s Ramsey Milholland (1919)



In the late 19th century, the English oak tree, quercus robur (Latin, quercus for “oak” and robur “strength, hard timber”) gave its name to the villain in a Jules Verne novel, Robur the Conqueror, and to a tea company in Melbourne, Australia.


Jules Verne’s Robur was the conqueror of the air, having invented a heavier-than-air flying machine shown above in an 1886 illustration by Léon Benett.

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Australia’s Robur, on the other hand, touted its strength with an elephant, shown here being seated for a big cuppa in a Robur tea room.

I’m fairly certain neither had anything to do with the other.