Guerin-Boutron Flowers from Around the World Trade Cards Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Guerin-Boutron Flowers from Around the World Trade Cards
Year c. 1900
Size 2 1/2″ x 4″
Images Color
Type Trade
Number in Set

Guerin-Boutron Flowers from Around the World Trade Cards Overview

Guerin-Boutron Flowers Tennis Trade CardThese unique trade cards were produced in France by a chocolate company, Guerin-Boutron. As you would expect, the text on the cards is in French.

Unlike other trade issues which were sometimes used by many different companies, these cards appear to be exclusive to the Guerin-Boutron name. Guerin-Boutron is still in operation today.

The cards feature color pictures of people participating in all sorts of activities. However, the focus on the set is not on the human subjects but rather flowers, which typically are in the border area.

The set, sometimes referred to as the Flowers from Around the World set, includes cards with various flowers shown and titled on the front. Also on the front is the name of a country where that particular flower is purportedly from. Backs of the cards have an advertisement for Guerin-Boutron as well as a brief description of the flower at the top.

These cards have green borders with a thin tan border just beyond that. That helps to identify these cards, which is important, given that Guerin-Boutron produced many other trade cards in the pre-war era.

Not too many major sports are featured here. However, one card pictures a man and a woman playing tennis.

I have never seen an exact date for these cards. However, most sources cite them as a circa 1900 issue.

Guerin-Boutron Flowers from Around the World Trade Cards Checklist

Known cards in this set include the following. More cards possibly exist.

Below, I have provided both the French titles and their English translations. The first item listed is the type of flower featured in the set and the second is the country where it can be found.

  1. Coquelicot (Poppy) / Roumanie (Romania)
  2. Laurier-Rose (Oleander) / Italie (Italy)
  3. Oeillet (Eyelet) / Maroc (Morocco)
  4. Pervenche (Periwinkle) / Irlande (Ireland)
  5. Volubilis (Morning Glory) / Angleterre (England) – Tennis Card

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