Forgive the lame pun. Looking for some help on these dog cards. I’ve consulted a few contacts and no luck so far. This is what I can tell you:
1.) I have 19 of these cards ranging in number from 2 to 24. This might mean that a complete set is 24 or 25 cards
2.) They are around the size of tobacco cards—38 mm X 75 mm
3.) They have a glossy coating on both sides and the backs are blank
4.) Seven of the cards have a “Printed in U.S.A.” designation
5.) The German Shepherd and Poodle cards are bilingual (French atop English)
6.) It looks like card #9 (Collie) has a printer’s alignment mark
7.) They reference “World-Wide” as the manufacturer and/or distributor
8.) The globes featured on each are either black or brown
9.) Someone suggested that they could be pre-war based on the drawings of some of the breeds—they look more like cards from the 60s to me
I believe that the 2 bilingual cards of the German Shepherd and the Poodle are Canadian and were intended for the Quebec market which is where they were obtained. But what about the rest of them? Were these American cards meant for Canadian distribution? If so, why aren’t they all bilingual? Why do only some have the “Printed in U.S.A.” designation? Lastly, who is "World-Wide?" Could it be World Wide Gum?
Any help regarding their origin and year would be greatly appreciated. I know you all love mysteries! Thanks.