1937 Mitchell & Sons Wonderful Century Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Mitchell & Sons Wonderful Century
Year 1937
Size 1 3/8″ x 2 5/8″
Images Black and White
Type Tobacco
Number in Set

1937 Mitchell & Sons Wonderful Century Set Overview

Mitchell Wonderful Century GolfMitchell Wonderful Century BoxingThis unique set looked to celebrate some of the world’s great developments over the last century from 1837 – 1937. It was distributed by Stephen Mitchell & Son company for their Mitchell’s Cigarettes product.

Cards are black and white covering a wide range of topics and subjects. The backs of the cards have a description of what is pictured. As this was a set distributed in the U.K., some of the subjects and narratives featuring things like the Royal Family may be of less interest to American collectors. In addition, some of the spellings and terms are slightly off from those used in the U.S. Words presented in the checklist below are exactly how they appear on the cards.

Even though there are some variances, however, the set does a good job of depicting big events and inventions that changed the world, such as railroads, television, and more.

While the set is mostly a non-sports issue, a small section of it is dedicated to sports. Boxing and golf are at the forefront of the sports mentioned, but some others, including cricket and horse racing, are featured as well.

The boxing card discusses some of the big matches in the sport’s history, including a Jack Dempsey-Gene Tunney fight. The boxing card pictures a small collage of images from that sport. Golfer A.H. Padgham is referenced on the back of his as he is the featured subject on the card.

1937 Mitchell & Sons Wonderful Century Set Checklist

  1. The throne
  2. Omnibuses
  3. Cycling
  4. Passenger vehicles
  5. Railway locomotives
  6. Railway rolling stock
  7. Ocean liners
  8. Aeroplanes
  9. Air ships
  10. Winter travelling
  11. Tunnels
  12. Road-mending
  13. Railway signalling
  14. Ferries
  15. Postal services
  16. Telegraphy
  17. Broadcasting the news
  18. The Navy
  19. Naval guns
  20. The Army
  21. Small arms
  22. The police force
  23. Fire-fighting
  24. Boot and shoe manufacture
  25. Iron and steel manufacture – A
  26. Iron and steel manufacture – B
  27. Silk manufacture
  28. Food preserving
  29. Driving apparatus
  30. Men’s fashions
  31. Sea bathing
  32. Sport (cockfighting/greyhound racing)
  33. Boxing
  34. Horse Racing
  35. Cricket
  36. Golf
  37. Television
  38. Water power
  39. Electric power
  40. Agriculture
  41. Type-setting
  42. Safes
  43. Coal mining
  44. Domestic heating
  45. The kitchen
  46. Sculpture
  47. Architecture
  48. Postage stamps
  49. The zoo
  50. Defence against invasion

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