1930s GRIDLEY Dairy Card BENJAMIN FRANKLIN Rare T68

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  • Item Category: Alcohol & Smoking
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Dec 09,2007
  • Channel: Online Auction

This rare card was issu ed by the GRIDLEY DAIRY Company ( which servic ed the Milwaukee area) as a premium advertising their Gridleys Sweet Cream Butter. It is one from a series of 48 cards entitl ed , " Heroes of History". I have not been able to find this series list ed in any reference guide that I am aware of including Burdick's American Card Catalogue or any of the Benjamin / Eckes Sports American Non-Sports Guides. Because of this I have not been able to find an exact date of issue for these cards. I have always assum ed that they were issu ed sometime during the 1920-30's, but that is just speculation on my part. The front of the card uses identical images that the American Tobacco Company us ed in it's 1910 Hassan Cigarettes Heroes of History series that Burdick list ed as series T68 in his American Card Catalogue. It features a colorful portrait of one of the various Heroes of History from the series. The back of each card is number ed and features various advertising for Gridley products, and each one states at the bottom "A Picture With Every Pound". Some of the cards in the series do mention that their was an album available that the child could glue the cards in to display their collection. This particular card is number 21 in the series and features BENJAMIN FRANKLIN . is some information i found about him on the internet:

. Benjamin Franklin (January 17 [O.S. January 6] 1706 - April 17, 1790) was one of the most important Founding Fathers of the Unit ed States. He was a leading author, political theorist, politician, printer, scientist, inventor, civic activist, and diplomat. As a scientist he was a major figure in the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As a political writer and activist he, more than anyone, invent ed the idea of an American nation, and as a diplomat during the American Revolution, he secur ed the French alliance that help ed to make independence possible.

The Card measures 3 3/8 inches by 2 1/4 inches approximately. The card does have a horizontal crease across the middle that is best noticed on the back of the card. Other than that the card has strong color and relatively sharp corners. I think it displays well. I have scann ed the card fairly large, both front and back for you to be able to judge condition for yourself. The cards from this series are print ed on a thinner stock of paper. I imagine that that fact combin ed with the fact that the card mentions that they were packag ed with butter is one of the main reasons that these cards are so scarce. I imagine not many surviv ed over the years without being damag ed . I CURRENTLY AM AUCTIONING OFF ALL 48 CARDS FROM SERIES INDIVIDUALLY (spread across several different categories) over the next few days on ebay . I WILL ALSO BE AUCTIONING THE ALBUM FROM THIS SERIES ON EBAY AS WELL. To view the other cards I have up for auction please click on the "View Sellers other Auctions" Icon locat ed on this page. It will take you directly to them. This is a rare card, that is as far as I know un-record ed at this time. The subject matter of this series also makes this a great cross over collectable, garnering interest from those who collect American State History Memorabilia , and those who collect rare non-sports cards and post card collectors. This is your chance to put together a rare set. I have never seen more than a few of these cards ever offer ed on ebay over the 8 years I have been selling card on ebay. I have never seen a full set offer ed anyw in my over 25 years collecting cards and attending shows all over North America. CHRISTMAS IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER AND THIS CARD WOULD MAKE A GREATGIFT FOR THAT SPECIAL COLLECTOR IN YOUR LIFE. Winner Pay shipping of $2.00 towards regular letter postage in North America (overseas is usually a little more). I can combine postage on items of similar size, that end within 3 days of each other . If you live in Canada , on behalf of the Canadian Government I must collect 6% tax on purc...