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rogerD

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Magic changing cards
« on: March 03, 2012, 08:40:28 PM »
A number of sets of cards were produced in America that had a hidden image that was revealed if the card was held to the light. For example here is one of Kinney's 'Magic Changing Cards' issued in 1889.

Has anyone got any of these cards in their collection? Were similar cards produced in the UK?

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Re: Magic changing cards
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2012, 01:18:39 PM »
I'm unsure if any cigarette cards were produced but a similar set was produced in the late 50's by Colinville ,it was based on the Topps Look'n'See cards .
The back held info about the subject mater but the front of the card was blank and you had to hold a 'special'piece of red cellophane over the blank front to reveal the picture .
The cards aren't very nice to look at but pop up for sale every now and again .

If i can manage to work out a way to show them they'll be below.


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Re: Magic changing cards
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2012, 10:18:10 PM »
i found this article about the colinville cards and red trasparency, very fascinating.
i can recall as a young lad of around six or seven, during the mid fifties, my parents buying me these packets .
it b rings back many memories.
over the years, as growing older, i still picture in my mind , placing the red trasparency over the card, but i up till n ow, had no memory of the subjects on the cards.
i have had no idea as to what they were called, or who issued by, but i am certainly glad that after so many years, to finally bring to light , what to me remained a mystery in my distant past

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Re: Magic changing cards
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2012, 02:27:56 PM »
Hi Fossil , Im unsure of all the who's & whats that were covered on the Colinville L'n'S set , it's based upon but doesn't follow in mirror image the Topps set of the same name .

The number 40 is James Watt - Steam Engine , number 48 Sir Henry Morgan  whilst the US set has Stonewall Jackson at 40 and Magellen at 48 .

I've 4 cards or so from the set and wil informyou who they cover .

I know one or 2 US collectors who might have close sets of these .

Thanks for sharing your memories .


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Re: Magic changing cards
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2012, 10:30:05 PM »
hi, thanks for that information, could you let me know of the title of the topps set, as i have looked through my catalogues, but could not find a title that is similar ?

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Re: Magic changing cards
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2012, 09:25:03 AM »
Hi Fossil ,Topps USA issued the set  Look'n'See in the early 1950's ACC number R714-16   , it's a 135 card set
The Rembrandt (82) card in near mint /mint can fetch upwards of £1000 at auction .

.1 FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT
2 WOODROW WILSON
3 THOMAS JEFFERSON
4 ABRAHAM LINCOLN
5 HARRY TRUMAN
6 THEODORE ROOSEVELT
7 ULYSSES S. GRANT
8 ANDREW JACKSON
9 GEORGE WASHINGTON
10 GEN. G. W. GOETHALS
11 NATHAN HALE
12 FRANCIS SCOTT KEY
13 WILBUR WRIGHT
14 JEFFERSON DAVIS
15 BABE RUTH
16 PAUL REVERE
17 PATRICK HENRY
18 WASHINGTON IRVING
19 ALEXANDER HAMILTON
20 ALBERT EINSTEIN
21 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
22 DANIEL WEBSTER
23 JAMES A.M. WHISTLER
24 PHINEAS T. BARNUM
25 GEORGE EASTMAN
26 WASHINGTON CARVER
27 LUTHER BURBANK
28 STEPHEN FOSTER
29 MARK TWAIN
30 CHARLES LINDBERGH
31 HENRY FORD
32 DOUGLAS MacARTHUR
33 OLIVER H. PERRY
34 ROBERT E. LEE
35 GEN. M. RIDGEWAY
36 GEN. C. CHENNAULT
37 GEORGE A. CUSTER
38 STEPHEN DECATUR
39 GEN. GEORGE PATTON
40 STONEWALL JACKSON
41 DWIGHT EISENHOWER
42 JOHN PAUL JONES
43 ELEANOR ROOSEVELT
44 CLEOPATRA
45 AMELIA EARHART  .. 
46 ANNIE OAKLEY
47 ROBERT E. PEARY
48 MAGELLAN
49 PONCE DE LEON
50 ADMIRAL BYRD
51 C. COLUMBUS
52 BALBOA
53 KIT CARSON
54 BUFFALO BILL
55 DANIEL BOONE
56 GERONIMO
57 JESSE JAMES
58 SITTING BULL
59 COCHISE
60 WILD BILL HICKOK
61 SAM HOUSTON
62 BAT MASTERSON
63 BILLY THE KID
64 WINSTON CHURCHILL
65 MAHATMA GHANDI
66 WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
67 NAPOLEON BONAPARTE
68 ISAAC NEWTON
69 GUGLIELMO MARCONI
70 SAMUEL B.F. MORSE
71 THOMAS A. EDISON
72 CYRUS H. MCCORMICK
73 ROBERT FULTON
74 ALEXANDER G. BELL
75 ELIAS HOWE
76 LOUIS PASTEUR
77 WILLIAM PENN
78 THOMAS PAINE
79 EDGAR ALLEN POE
80 WILL ROGERS
81 SIR WALTER RALEIGH
82 REMBRANDT
83 CLARA BARTON
84 JULIUS CAESAR
85 CHIANG KAI-SHEK
86 BENVENUTO CELLINI
87 MARIE CURIE
88 ROALD AMUNDSEN
89 CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN
90 BENEDICT ARNOLD  ..  91 ENRICO CARUSO
92 LOUIS DAGUERRE
93 ADM. GEORGE DEWEY
94 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE
95 AL SMITH
96 TECUMSEH
97 JULES VERNE
98 ADLAI STEVENSON
99 LESTER B. PEARSON
100 WILLIAM BEAVERBROOK
101 DANIEL DE FOE
102 ANNE OF CLEVES
103 DUKE OF WINDSOR
104 QUEEN ELIZABETH II
105 LEONARDO DA VINCI
106 MACHIAVELLI
107 GEORGE C. MARSHALL
108 MICHELANGELO
109 ADM. HORATIO NELSON
110 NERO
111 F. NIGHTINGALE
112 JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER
113 SIR WALTER SCOTT
114 PERCEY SHELLEY
115 JOHN PHILIP SOUSA
116 ROBERT L. STEVENSON
117 ARTURO TOSCANINI
118 AMERIGO VESPUCCI
119 H.G. WELLS
120 WENDELL L. WILKIE
121 EMILE ZOLA
122 CAPT. WILLIAM KIDD
123 SIR HENRY MORGAN
124 CHARLES DARWIN
125 CHARLES DICKENS
126 LEIF ERICSON
127 GALILEO
128 GENGHIS KHAN
129 JOHANNES GUTENBERG
130 VICTOR HERBERT
131 HENRY HUDSON
132 HENRY VIII
133 JOAN OF ARC
134 LAFAYETTE
135 DOLLY MADISON 

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Re: Magic changing cards
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2012, 10:59:39 PM »
thats certainly a great set of cards, there are plenty of scientists and explorers, so it would be a great asset to my collection.
how much alike are the colinville cards to this topps set ?
also , not being able to remember too much detail about the colinville cards, was there a text to the back ?

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Re: Magic changing cards
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2012, 01:05:20 PM »
Hello Fossil ,

chalk and cheese , the 2 sets couldn't be further apart .

The US version is highly colourful with  text on the reverse giving a brief history of the subject matter .


The UK version has no image as such just an outline of the subject when the cellophane is put over the card , this of course isn't there when the cellophane is removed , there is no text on the reverse just instructions .

If your interested in the science subjects I'd pick them off 1 by 1 from sellers etc .
The premium cards seem to be sports based and the short printed Rembrandt .

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Re: Magic changing cards
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2012, 12:40:55 AM »
i have been looking on ebay for these cards, and found that the prodominant seller in the UK, is the new owner of murrays, the hux ebay store.
i have noticed that there are quite a few american encapsellated ones some being pretty pricey.
only having the murrays catalogue , and the LCCC ones, they do not list these, so before now, never knew that such cards were issued.
it reflects my real lack of knowledge in card collecting, so i have much to learn and pick up knowledge through websites such as the cigarettecardcollecting.com

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Re: Magic changing cards
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2012, 10:18:22 PM »
when one talks about magic changing cards, i believe that one must include the kelloggs set 'enterprise neptune'in which a  black and white image of a maritime habitat, when the slide was pulled out, a multi coloured image appears

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Re: Magic changing cards
« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2012, 10:00:24 AM »
fossil     ,

I stumbled across a few sets from the link I sent you , I'll see if I can track down their ACC number and send them onto you .
There were various ones that included animals etc where you had to brush water onto the cards and that would produce colours for the cards .

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