Circa 1887 Lake Erie Tobacco Company N559 "Governors" Advertising Banner - Only Example Known!
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $2,963
Extraordinary advertising poster for the N559 "Governors of all the States and Territories U.S.A." set, issued circa 1887 by The Lake Erie Tobacco Company, featuring illustrations of all forty-eight cards in the set. In terms of rarity, few sets can compare with the N559 "Governors of all the States and Territories U.S.A." The set is so scarce that examples of all forty-eight cards have yet to be found. Needless to say the poster is even more elusive, with the offered piece representing the only example known to us. In fact, it is only by virtue of the poster that collectors were able to compile a complete checklist for the set. It is believed that fewer than forty different cards in the set have been discovered to date. This poster is an extraordinary find, both in terms of its display qualities and historical significance. The poster (20.25 x 26 inches) is lettered "Compliments of The Lake Erie Tobacco Company, Cleveland, O." at the top, while the caption below reads "Governors Of All The States And Territories U.S.A/One Of These Photographs In Every Package Of Ivory Smoking Tobacco." Featured in between the text are beautiful portrait images of forty-seven governors, with President Grover Cleveland pictured in the center. Manufactured by "Johns & Co. Lith Cleveland. O." As a point of reference, it should be noted that a find of thirty-five different N559 cards (the most complete collection known) were offered at public auction in 2007, where they realized a final price of $21,028. The emergence of this poster represents a remarkable find in its own right and one that would be a highlight of any advanced tobacco or nonsport collection. The poster has a tiny area of paper loss along the top border, as well as a number of minor tears that appear to have been restored; otherwise the poster is in apparent strong Excellent condition and displays beautifully, as intended. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 28 x 34 inches. Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,963