Thursday 18 February 2010

Ogden's 'Picturesque Villages' cigarette card set, 1936

This is the first in Ogden's fifty card series of Picturesque Villages. They run in alphabetical order of county, though the subject here, Coleshill, is now administratively part of Wiltshire rather than Berkshire.

There may or may not be deeper significance in the uneven spread of subjects across the country. Dorset, Gloucestershire and Yorkshire, for example, have three cards each whereas Sussex, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire have none, and the north west is hardly represented at all.

Looking at them all, a composite picture of the 1930s picturesque village would include plenty of cottages in the local vernacular style, the church, a village green or perhaps a market square, and a riverside scene with bridge. And almost no traffic.

The full list of subjects is:
1. Coleshill, Berks
2. Chenies, Bucks
3. Pampisford, Cambs
4. Morfa Nevin, Carn.
5. Mousehole, Cornwall
6. Polperro, Cornwall
7. Castleton, Derbys
8. Broad Hembury, Devon
9. Clovelly, Devon
10. Cerne Abbas, Dorset
11. Corde Castle, Dorset
12. Milton Abbas, Dorset
13. Finchingfield, Essex
14. Bourton-on-the-Hill, Gloucestershire
15. Frampton-upon-Severn, Gloucestershire
16. Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire
17. Nether Wallop, Hampshire
18. Wherwell, Hants
19. Godshill, IOW
20. Weobley, Herefordshire
21. Aldbury, Herts
22. Westmill, Herts
23. Hemingford Grey, Huntingdonshire
24. Chilham, Kent
25. Otford, Kent
26. Norning, Norfolk
27. Upwell, Cambs & Norfolk
28. Collyweston, Northamptonshire
29. Wicken, Northants
30. Bamburgh, Northumberland
31. Blanchland, Northumberland
32. Wroxton, Oxon
33. Empingham, Rutland
34. Dunster, Somerset
35. Selworthy, Som
36. Cavendish, Suffolk
37. Kersey, Suffolk
38. Shere, Surrey
39. Marlcliff, Warwicks
40. Lowther, Westmorland
41. Ashton Keynes, Wiltshire
42. Castle Combe, Wiltshire
43. Lacock, Wilts
44. Steeple Ashton, Wilts
45. Broadway, Worcs
46. Elmley Castle, Worcs
47. Bishop Burton, Yorks
48. Runswick Bay, Yorkshire
49. Staithes, Yorks
50. West Tanfield, Yorkshire

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