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Barbers Tea 1955 “Cinema & TV Stars” – Arthur Askey

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This is card #2 of 24 from the 1955 Barbers Tea “Cinema And Television Stars” cards series. These cards were originally inserted with tea in England. The cards in this series measure 1 3/8″ x 2 5/8″ and are in beautiful full-color. Besides the 24 color cards featuring movie stars, there is also a one-color checklist to go along with this series, which is extremely rare.

I may have never had heard of Arthur Askey before I had started collecting this series of cards, but I love this card anyways. The color scheme on this card may not have as much “pop” as some of the other cards in this series, but the portrait of Arthur Askey is great. The glasses and bow tie really make this card for me, he looks like some derranged super-geek.

The condition of this particular card is pretty much flawless to the naked eye. My love of this set, has led me to begin collecting other Barbers Tea series as well (click here to view some of my other Barbers Teas cards), but the “Cinema And Television Stars” series still remains my favorite.

The text on the back of this card reads:
Arthur Askey
Arthur Askey, born in Liverpool, made his first stage appearance in 1924, in Colchester. Well known in variety, films and revues and musical comedies, he made his first broadcast in 1933 and appeared for the first time on television in 1946. Arthur Askey, now firmly established as one of our most popular Radio and Television Stars, is married and has one daughter Anthea. His hobbies include motoring and golf.

Barbers Tea 1955 “Cinema & TV Stars” – Grace Kelly

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This is card #1 of 24 from the 1955 Barbers Tea “Cinema And Television Stars” cards series. These cards were originally inserted with tea in England. The cards in this series measure 1 3/8″ x 2 5/8″ and are in beautiful full-color. Besides the 24 color cards featuring movie stars, there is also a one-color checklist to go along with this series, which is extremely rare.

This card of Grace Kelly is a splendid example of the style and feel of this entire card set. Currently, the Barbers Tea “Cinema And Television Stars” is my absolute favorite series of cards.

This card isn’t my favorite in the set, but it’s right up there. Great composition, beautiful use of color as well as an elegant, minimalist design make this card of Grace Kelly a classy Hollywood collectible.  The condition of this particular card is pretty much flawless to the naked eye, and would most likely be graded very high by PSA. My love of this set, has led me to begin collecting other Barbers Tea series as well (click here to view some of my other Barbers Teas cards), but the “Cinema And Television Stars” series still remains my favorite.

The text on the back of this card reads:
Grace Kelly
Paramount’s “The Country Girl”
Although born in Philadelphia, USA (on November 12, 1928) Grace Kelly has a poise and beauty that is typically English. She is one of the busiest actresses of today. A blue-eyed blonde, she made her first film, Fourteen Hours, in 1951, followed by High Noon. In her short career has reached top stardom and set up a record by appearing in quick succession in director Alfred Hitchcock’s three latest productions – Dial M For Murder, Rear Window and To Catch A Thief. Bridges At Toko-ri, Green Fire and Academy Award nominations for her performances in Mogambo and The Country Girl complete her record. Educated in Philadelphia, she studied for two years at the American Academy Of Dramatic Art. Repertory and Broadway stage work was followed by radio and television appearances. 5 ft. 6 in. in height Grace is an accomplished pianist and speaks Spanish and French. Pastel sketching, playgoing, riding and swimming are among her hobbies.

1956 Barbers Tea “Aeroplanes” Complete Set

Fronts/Backs of cards #1, #7, #15 and #25

Fronts/Backs of cards #1, #7, #15 and #25

This “Aeroplanes” series is yet another beautiful installment of cards issued by Barbers Tea Ltd. These cards were inserted into packages of tea from England in 1956. There are 25 cards in this set, each card featuring a different aircraft that is portrayed in a beautiful full-color illustration. The back of each card features a detailed history of the aircraft and is printed in one-color (black). These cards measure 1 3/8″ x 2 5/8″.

Barbers Tea cards have become some of my favorite cards to collect. The Barbers Tea cards always have a certain style and feel to them that really sets them appart from rival tea cards from the same time period. This series differs from the other Barbers Tea card sets that I have collected just because of the subject matter of the series (though I still love these cards). Other Barbers Tea sets of mine are deffinateley of alot “lighter” subject matter. The “Aeroplanes” set is a very informative, and educational series (reminding me alot of Brooke Bond Tea Co.’s style of cards-content wise that is, Brooke Bond could NEVER come close to touching Barbers Tea’s style).

My set is in awesome condition. There are off-centered cuts, but all the cards are in beatiful condition. The colors are bright, the card stock isn’t discolored and all the corners of the cards are razor sharp. There are two image samples shown of these cards. The first (upper left hand corner image), is a slide show that gives anup-close look at the front and back of four select cards out of the set (cards #1 De Havilland Vampire, #7 Auster A.2/45, #15 Avro Lancaster and card #23 De Havilland Dove). The second image (show below), is a slideshow that shows you the fronts of all 25 cards in the set, in groups of 5.

For other complete sets on my blog, I usually would not show all the cards in the set. But, since I feel this set is so exceptional, I had to go the extra mile and display all the cards. I couldn’t put myself in a position to show only a select few, and then, in turn, edit out and discard the rest in such a brilliant series of cards. It just simply couldn’t be done. I decided that they must all be displayed.

The following is a list of the 25 cards that make up this absoluteley gorgeous set: #1 De Havlland Vampire, #2 De Havilland Chipmunk, #3 Douglas Dakota, #4 Handley Page Hastings, #5 Handley Page Hermes IV, #6 Armstrong Whitworth A.W.52, #7 Auster A.2/45, #8 Percival Prince, #9 Lockhead Constellation, #10 Avro Lancastrian, #11 Gloster Meteor, #12 De Havilland Tiger Moth, #13 Airspeed Oxford, #14 Short Sunderland, #15 Avro Lancaster, #16 Hawker P.1040, #17 Supermarine Spitfire, #18 Vickers Viking, #19 Short Sealand, #20 Boeing B-29 Superfortress, #21 De Havilland D.H.108, #22 Hawker Tempest, #23 De Havilland Dove, #24 Westland Sikorsky S-51, #25 Douglas DC-4.

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