‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||I. Lewis Golden Eagle Cigars Women and Men in Costumes (T65)
|Size||2 3/16″ x 3 7/8″|
|Type||19th Century Tobacco
|Number in Set
1903 I. Lewis Golden Eagle Cigars Women and Men in Costumes Set Overview (T65)
This issue features women and men in various uniforms and outfits. It was distributed by the I. Lewis & Company group, a Newark, New Jersey operation, for its Golden Eagle cigar products.
Cards feature colorful lithographs of subjects on the front with a title at the bottom. Most are non-sports cards but there are two cards featuring golfers (both a woman and a man) as well as two featuring tennis players (again, a male and female).
Postcard collectors may recognize the cards are similar in appearance to some early 1900s postcards. One particular issue has subjects against a white backdrop like this one with similar titles at the bottom. R. Hill was the lithographer of this set as well as other postcard issues so there may be a link there.
While these cards are often described as having different dates, they are clearly a 1903 issue, as indicated in the small copyright with Hill’s name on the front.
An exact number of cards in the set is not entirely known.