1914 Wills Physical Culture Set and Checklist

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Title Wills Physical Culture
Year 1914
Size 1 3/8″ x 2 5/8″
Images Color
Type Tobacco
Number in Set

1914 Wills Physical Culture Set Overview

This international tobacco card set was issued by Wills Cigarettes. Wills issued a variety of tobacco card sets in the 1930s, including other sports releases. This particular series, like many, includes a total of 50 cards.

These cards are among the more common of the exercise issues. Some of the exercises depicted are in conjunction with equipment and the set can even be considered a gymnastics set of sorts.

Collectors looking for that sport, in fact, are often drawn to this set as one of the few pre-war releases to cover gymnastics. The cards are arranged by type with general exercising and fitness covered in the first 25 cards. Save for cards featuring club swinging and climbing rope, the remaining 17 cards, roughly 1/3 of the set, are devoted to gymnastics, including the parallel bar, horizonal bar, vaulting bar, and rings.

The set is titled Physical Culture. True to the name, the fronts of these cards depict a subject performing numerous exercises. The exercises were performed by generic, unnamed subjects. Like some other exercise subjects depicting motion, these cards included a full color image along with line drawings of the subject along with it to show the movement of the actual exercise. Backgrounds are complete white and the fronts also include the Wills Cigarettes name along with the title of the card.

Backs of the cards display the Physical Culture name at the top. The backs state there are a total of 50 cards in the set and include a card number with a short description of the exercise being performed on the front. The W.D. & H.O. Wills tobacco company name is at the bottom as well as a mention that the cards were issued by parent Imperial Tobacco Company.

While not expensive, as an earlier Wills set, this one is a bit more expensive than the majority of the later 1930s Wills cards for sale.

1914 Wills Physical Culture Set Checklist

  1. Home Exercises
  2. Home Exercises
  3. Home Exercises
  4. Home Exercises
  5. Home Exercises
  6. Home Exercises
  7. Home Exercises
  8. Home Exercises
  9. Home Exercises
  10. Home Exercises
  11. Home Exercises
  12. Home Exercises
  13. Scarf or Towel Exercises
  14. Scarf or Towel Exercises
  15. Scarf or Towel Exercises
  16. Scarf or Towel Exercises
  17. Scarf or Towel Exercises
  18. Dumb-bell Exercises
  19. Dumb-bell Exercises
  20. Dumb-bell Exercises
  21. Dumb-bell Exercises
  22. Dumb-bell Exercises
  23. Dumb-bell Exercises
  24. Dumb-bell Exercises
  25. Dumb-bell Exercises
  26. Indian Club Exercises
  27. Indian Club Exercises
  28. Indian Club Exercises
  29. Indian Club Exercises
  30. Indian Club Exercises
  31. Indian Club Exercises
  32. Vaulting-bar Exercises
  33. Vaulting-bar Exercises
  34. Vaulting-bar Exercises
  35. Horizontal Bar Exercises
  36. Horizontal Bar Exercises
  37. Horizontal Bar Exercises
  38. Horizontal Bar Exercises
  39. Parallel Bar Exercises
  40. Parallel Bar Exercises
  41. Parallel Bar Exercises
  42. Rope-Climbing Exercises
  43. Rope-Climbing Exercises
  44. Ring Exercises
  45. Ring Exercises
  46. Ring Exercises
  47. Ring Exercises
  48. Ring Exercises
  49. Ring Exercises
  50. Ring Exercises

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