1936 Ardath Figures of Speech Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Ardath Figures of Speech
Year 1936
Size 1 1/2″ x 2 5/8″
Images Color
Type Tobacco
Number in Set

1936 Ardath Figures of Speech Set Overview

1936 Ardath Figures of Speech Boxing1936 Ardath Figures of Speech GolfThis set was based on humor and is called, “Figures of Speech.” The cards were produced by Ardath Tobacco Company, Ltd., presumably for their State Express and Ardath Cigarettes, which are mentioned on the back as their brands.

The cards feature colorful cartoon images of generally humorous scenarios. A caption is provided of a common figure of speech. The pictures and the correlation with the phrases vary. Some depict the phrase as if it were quite literal while others show a more accurate depiction of what the phrase is.

It is worth pointing out that some of the sayings are similar but slightly different than they are in America today. For example, one card uses the expression, “Hauled over the coals.” Typically, that phrase would be said as, “Raked over the coals,” at least in America.

Backs of the cards have a description of the phrase and photo shown as well as a card number and a mention that there are 50 cards in the set. While most of the cards are not sports-related, two are, as a boxing and golf card are featured.

Both the golf and boxing cards are shown here.The golf card shows a frustrated golfer after, seemingly, missing a short putt. The boxing card features a boxer that has been defeated and being hit with an umbrella by a spectator.

1936 Ardath Figures of Speech Set Checklist

  1. A bee in his bonnet
  2. A cat may look at a king
  3. A cock and bull story
  4. Adding insult to injury (Boxing)
  5. All my eye and Betty Martin
  6. A nod is as good as a wink
  7. At sixes and sevens
  8. Between the devil and the deep sea
  9. Between two stools
  10. Born with a silver spoon in his mouth
  11. Burn one’s boats
  12. Burning the candle at both ends
  13. Bury the hatchet
  14. By hook or by crook
  15. Down in the dumps
  16. Eat humble pie
  17. Fat’s in the fire
  18. Feather in his cap
  19. Get out of bed the wrong side
  20. Get the sack
  21. In queer street
  22. Hobson’s choice
  23. He’ll never set the Thames on fire
  24. Hauled over the coals
  25. Give the cold shoulder
  26. Not room to swing a cat
  27. Nine days’ wonder
  28. Make your hair stand on end
  29. In the swim
  30. In the nick of time
  31. Not worth his salt
  32. On thetnerhooks
  33. Pig in a poke
  34. Sail close to the wind
  35. Save one’s bacon
  36. Sent to coventry
  37. Sleep like a top
  38. Spick and span
  39. Take the bull by the horns
  40. Tell that to the Marines
  41. That’s a chestnut
  42. The end of his tether
  43. There’s many a slip twixt cup and lip (Golf)
  44. Three sheets in the wind
  45. To leave in the lurch
  46. Turn the tables
  47. Up the spout
  48. When in Rome do as Rome does
  49. Who’s to pay the piper
  50. You can’t make bricks without straw

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