Complete set of fifty 1889 N232 Kinney Bros. "Surf Beauties" cards. Beautiful complete set of these rare and vibrant tobacco cards, extremely bright and clean. Condition is 28% Ex-Mt (including a couple higher), 48% Vg-Ex to Ex, and 24% lesser. Issued with Kinney's tobacco, these cards feature magnificent full-color illustrations of women dressed in bathing costumes of the day at different beaches throughout the world. Although the subjects' bathing suits would hardly be considered revealing in today's world, for their time these cards were extremely risqué. The set checklist appears on the back of the cards (Nantucket, Fire Island, Coney Island, etc.). This is an extremely attractive, culturally very interesting and significant set with outstanding eye-appeal. Rarely offered as a complete set. This issue is highly prized by nineteenth-century nonsport tobacco-card collectors. Total: 50 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+.
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