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The First World War on Cigarette and Trade Cards: An Illustrated and Descriptive History

Cyril Mazansky

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Although there have been, and continue to be, many books written on a wide variety of aspects of the First World War, this work not only approaches the history of the war from a unique perspective, but also comprehensively covers many of these aspects. Utilizing cards from the extensive, remarkably detailed and mostly contemporaneous issues of cigarette and trade card sets related to the First World War, the author provides a richly illustrated and descriptive tapestry of this great conflict. Not only are the usual political and armed services aspects of the war covered in detail, but also the many other less covered parts receive attention. These latter include regal aspects, and other components of the military such as armamentarium, awards, uniforms and militaria. Then the important role that propaganda played is also covered. The social and literary aspects of the war form an important part of the book. All these written details, a significant amount of which is drawn from the descriptions on the cards, complement the hundreds of card illustrations found throughout the work.

Size: 8 1/2" x 11" | 900+ color & b/w photos | 208 pp
ISBN13: 9780764347597

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Cyril Mazansky is a physician who has practiced in the specialty of diagnostic radiology at a Boston, Massachusetts hospital. He is married and has two daughters and grandchildren. He has had a lifelong interest in the study of history and for well over thirty years has concentrated on the history of Great Britain and its empire. For as long, he has been an avid collector of cigarette and trade cards that have been organized on a thematic basis covering the regal, political, military, social and geographic aspects of Britain and the British Empire. It is from this extensive collection that he has drawn the research material for this book. Dr. Mazansky also had a large collection of British military swords that he and his wife donated to Brown University in Rhode Island. He has written a book on British Basket-Hilted Swords published by the Royal Armouries of Great Britain.