N291 Buchner ‘Victory Smoking Tobacco’ Presidential Puzzle Cards

Buchner issued this unique 12 card “puzzle” set of 1888 presidential candidates to promote Victory tobacco. Each card depicts a potential candidate in a comical pose (Roman gladiator, horse riders, oarsman, etc.) and has a pithy 4-line poem that names them and includes a plug for Victory Tobacco. In each card’s background are seen parts of President Grover Cleveland’s head; when you had all 12 cards, you could assemble them to show his profile.

These cards are very thin and are often found with staining and creases. The lithography by Giles Lithographic & Liberty Printing Co. from New York is superb; they specialized in trade cards and these have that same feel.