1916 Wills Mining trading cards — distributed in the brand’s cigarette products — highlight the methods and locations of mining operations around the world.
The front of each card features vibrant artwork of various mining operations such as gold, diamond, or turquoise and the reverse offers an explanation of the technique or machinery on display. In many instances the back of the card will also reveal the location of the particular mine from the front of the card.
Wills Tobacco was a British company but their cards are readily available on US collectibles marketplaces.
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1916 Wills Mining Checklist
Base Set – 50 Cards
|5||Miner Drilling for Blasting|
|8||Taking Coal to Pit Mouth|
|9||The Bottom of the Shaft|
|10||Sorting and Cleaning Coal|
|11||Calcination of Copper Ore|
|16||Washing and Concentrating Plant|
|19||Descending a Gold Mine|
|20||Compressed Air Drill|
|23||Panning at Klondyke|
|24||Dredging for Gold|
|25||Open-Cast Iron Mine|
|27||Steam Shovel at Work|
|28||Unloading Iron Ore|
|30||Channeling Machine at Work|
|31||Lowering Blocks of Marble|
|34||Oil Field in the Sea|
|35||Oil Field on Fire|
|36||Raising Alluvial Gravel|
|37||Washing Alluvial Gravel|
|42||Mining Rock Salt|
|43||Rock Salt Mine|
|45||Digging and Washing Sapphires|
|49||Open-Cast Tin Mine|