‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||Steinwender-Stoffregen Boy Scouts / Reed Boy Scouts
|Size||1 3/8″ x 2 5/8″
|Type||Tobacco / Coffee / Trade
|Number in Set
1910 H634 Steinwender-Stoffregen / T45 Reed Boy Scouts Overview
These sets featured activities of boy scouts from the early 1900s. While the pictures are the same, these are actually two different sets.
The first set, cataloged as H634, was distributed as a coffee card for Steinwender-Stoffregen for their Boy Scout Coffee brand. These cards can be considered both coffee and trade issues. While the company name may make it sound like an international issue, that was actually a St. Louis based firm.
The second set of cards were distributed in Reed Tobacco packages. Those were cataloged T45.
The cards are almost entirely a non-sports issue. But of relevance to this site is that a wrestling card was pictured with two boys participating in that sport on the front.
While the fronts of the cards are the same, the backs are different. The Steinwender-Stoffregen cards gave a brief description of the subject on the front and included a special offer. For six cents and three labels from the Boy Scout Coffee product, a collector could receive a complete set of the 36 cards.
Meanwhile, the Reed Tobacco cards included an advertisement for the cigarette brands (Pekin, Nazma, White Rolls, Southland, Ex-Cel) and made a different offer. For anyone that had already completed the set, they company would mount the cards and return them to the sender.