Rip Van Winkle: Piedmont Series

November 11, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

Circa 1910 The American Tobacco Company, owners of the Piedmont brand of cigarettes, issued a series of 10 full-color cards depicting various scenes from the Rip Van Winkle tale. The rare cards each measure 5 inches by 8 inches. For each card, the “chapter” number can be seen in the lower left corner, while in the upper left-hand corner is an image of a pack of Piedmont cigarettes. The reverse side of each card contains a brief “chapter” of text from the legendary story.

 

The Piedmont cigarette brand was established by The American Tobacco Company under the Liggett & Myers (L & M) name. Piedmont, advertising itself with the slogan of “cigarettes of quality,” was once a dominant tobacco brand in the south. The American Tobacco Company (ATC), an original member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, was broken up for operating as a monopoly in 1911 by an anti-trust action from the United States government. The ATC was divided up into four companies, after which Piedmont cigarettes continued to be manufactured by Liggett & Myers well into the 20th century.

 

Complete Set of 10 Cards

 

Chapter 1 – The Catskill Mountains

Rip Van Winkle, Piedmont Series, Chapter 1, The Catskill MountainsRip Van Winkle, Piedmont Series, Chapter 1, The Catskill Mountains

 

Chapter 2 – Rip’s Home Life

Rip Van Winkle, Piedmont Series, Chapter 2, Rip's Home LifeRip Van Winkle, Piedmont Series, Chapter 2, Rip's Home Life

 

Chapter 3 – Rip at the Old Inn

Rip Van Winkle, Piedmont Series, Chapter 3, Rip at the Old InnRip Van Winkle, Piedmont Series, Chapter 3, Rip at the Old Inn

 

Chapter 4 – Rip Leaving Home

Rip Van Winkle, Piedmont Series, Chapter 4, Rip Leaving HomeRip Van Winkle, Piedmont Series, Chapter 4, Rip Leaving Home

 

Chapter 5 – Rip Meets a Gnome

Rip Van Winkle, Piedmont Series, Chapter 5, Rip Meets a GnomeRip Van Winkle, Piedmont Series, Chapter 5, Rip Meets a Gnome

 

Chapter 6 – Rip Among the Gnomes

Rip Van Winkle, Piedmont Series, Chapter 6, Rip Among the GnomesRip Van Winkle, Piedmont Series, Chapter 6, Rip Among the Gnomes

 

Chapter 7 – Rip Falls Asleep

Rip Van Winkle, Piedmont Series, Chapter 7, Rip Falls AsleepRip Van Winkle, Piedmont Series, Chapter 7, Rip Falls Asleep

 

Chapter 8 – Rip Wakes Up

Rip Van Winkle, Piedmont Series, Chapter 8, Rip Wakes UpRip Van Winkle, Piedmont Series, Chapter 8, Rip Wakes Up

 

Chapter 9 – Rip’s Return to the Village

Rip Van Winkle, Piedmont Series, Chapter 9, Rip's Return to the VillageRip Van Winkle, Piedmont Series, Chapter 9, Rip's Return to the Village

 

Chapter 10 – Rip Finds His Son and Daughter

Rip Van Winkle, Piedmont Series, Chapter 10, Rip Finds His Son and DaughterRip Van Winkle, Piedmont Series, Chapter 10, Rip Finds His Son and Daughter

 


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