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Kinney Bros. Butterflies of the World
N217 Type 2 Kinney Bros. Butterflies of the World 1888/1890.
This set consists of 60 cards. 10 are numbered cards with white backgrounds, the numbers appear top left on the front of the card. 50 are unnumbered with a gold/brown backgrounds.

The text reproduced on the reverse of each card reads as reproduced on the right.

Detail of the reverse of each card.
Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World. BUTTERFLIES OF THE WORLD

PACKED ONLY WITH KINNEY Bros. .' HIGH CLASS
CIGARETTES

THIS COLLECTION OF BUTTERFLIES IS
SELECTED FROM THE MOST BEAUTI-
FUL TO BE FOUND ON THE GLOBE.

THE FIFTY, PROPERLY PLACED ACCORDING-
TO NUMBER FORM A HANDSOME
BANNER. A KEY PLAN, TO ASSIST IN
ARRANGING THE CARDS WILL BE SENT
FOR SEVEN TICKETS, OR IF DESIRED, THE
BANNER, WITHOUT ANY ADVERTISEMENT
ON IT, WILL BE SENT FOR FIFTY TICKETS.

THESE CARDS CAN BE RETAINED.

ONLY OUR TICKETS RECEIVED

The 'Sweet Caporal' brand of cigarettes is one of the oldest brand names, one which survives in Canada to this very day although the cigarettes are now made in Mexico. The brand was originally launched in the United States by the Kinney Brothers Tobacco Company of New York in 1878.

Kinney Brothers later became part of the American Tobacco Company and was located in at 515-525 West 22nd Street, New York City. At 513 West 22nd Street stood the salesroom while at the five story packing building was located at 529 West 22nd Street. This building was built by Kinney Brothers in 1888 after moving from West Broadway. On October 6th 1892, at around 5:30 am, the entire building was gutted by fire due to a gas leak that was ignited by the lighting system.

Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World - White (number 1 of 10). Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World - White (number 2 of 10). Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World - White (number 3 of 10). Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World - White (number 4 of 10). Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World - White (number 5 of 10).
N217-01 N217-02   N217-03   N217-04   N217-05
Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World - White (number 7 of 10). Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World - White (number 7 of 10). Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World - White (number 8 of 10). Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World - White (number 9 of 10). Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World - White (number 10 of 10).
N217-06 N217-07*   N217-08   N217-09   N217-10

When placed in the correct order side by side, the cards form a larger image. Below shows cards N217-01 to N217-10 when joined to form the complete picture.

Detail of the reverse of each card.

Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World. Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World. Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World.
N217-11* N217-12   N217-13   N217-14   N217-15
Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World. Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World. Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World. Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World.
N217-16* N217-17   N217-18   N217-19   N217-20
Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World. Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World
N217-21 N217-22   N217-23   N217-24   N217-25
Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World. Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World. Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World. Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World
N217-26* N217-27   N217-28   N217-29   N217-30
Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World. Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World. Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World. Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World. Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World.
N217-31 N217-32   N217-33   N217-34   N217-35
Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World. Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World. Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World. Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World. Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World.
N217-36 N217-37   N217-38   N217-39   N217-40
Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World. Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World.
N217-41 N217-42   N217-43   N217-44   N217-45
Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World. Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World. Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World. Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World.
N217-46 N217-47   N217-48   N217-49   N217-50*
Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World. Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World. Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World. Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World
N217-51 N217-52   N217-53   N217-54   N217-55
Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World. Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World. Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World. Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World. Kinney Bros Butterflies of the World.
N217-56 N217-57   N217-58   N217-59   N217-60
Kinney Bros. Butterflies Banner
1888 G97 Kinney "Butterflies of the World" Tobacco Advertising Banner. This banner was one of the greatest advertisements for a series of tobacco cards. An extremely rare lithograph banner measuring 17" x 28", illustrates all 50 gold-backed designs of the Kinney Bros.' N217 Type 2 Butterflies of the World cigarettes card series. When the cards above are arranged in a particular order, as seen in the banner, they combine to create a wonderful design.

The banner was created to promote Kinney Bros. Special Favours, Sweet Caporal and New York Standard brands. The printed text on the banner reads:

"Kinney Bros. High Class Cigarettes
This Banner, Without Any Advertisement on it, will be sent for fifty tickets of any issue packed in our High Class Cigarettes - This Collection of Butterflies is Selected from the most beautiful to be found on the Globe. The Fifty, Properly Placed, will form this Banner. A key, or plan, to assist in arranging the cards, will be sent for Seven Tickets."

Latest English. Sweet Caporal. New York Standard. Standard of the World.

This showpiece banner was distributed only to a select, few retailers and was generally beyond the access of casual card collector of the day.
Kinney Bros. Butterflies Banner