Player's Past

Player's Past

Country Life

Country Life

As feedback from the Strategic Tobacco Control Group urged us to focus more on the older, hand-drawn, showcards, these are two very good examples of the older showcards that we have in the archive.  The ‘Country Life’ series started in the early 1900s and ended around the 1930s, it was a brand for cigarettes and tobacco mixture.  Local artists such as Tom Browne were commssioned to paint a landscape or a scene based in rural settings.  This first showcard was sketched by Browne in 1907 and it appeared on this ’Country Life’ showcard in 1908;  

Another ‘Country Life’ showcard was sketched and painted by C. Clark in 1923.  This scene is very masculine, with crowds of men watching two fight in the centre;

 

These to sketches in the showcards are very different from each other and they invoke different thoughts and emotions in the viewer.  Even though they are all centred around the theme of rural life in the first half of the 20th century, it is difficult to identify the ‘Country Life’ brand with a particular social group.  But that is what will make the exhibition so fascinating!

 
 

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The Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard is part of Nottingham City Museums and Galleries.

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