Recollections - Entertainment and
Thank you to John Clark who wrote:
remember collecting football cards in the late
1940s and early 1950s? They were
similar to the Wills cigarette cards, but not quite as
classy. They were called, 'Big Heids'.
famous footballers of the day, and they were not photos, but
caricatures of the players, with a very large head and small body
with the strip of the team they played
Hard to Find
could buy the cards in the corner store.
They came in packs of 6 or
8, I can't quite remember. I think a full
set was 50 or 52, and naturally there was a player
or two that was always very very scarce -
a good marketing ploy!
I remember the
two hardest to get players to find were,
Morris of East Fife and Ormond of Hibs. If I put my mind to it I
could probably name at least 30 of the set."
Morris of East Fife
"It was great fun
buying, trading and bartering to try to get a full set. If
someone was absolutely fortunate enough to have a second card of
Morris of East Fife, he could trade that for probably 200 mixed
give a lot to have a set of these now, but I imagine they are
"Quite a few years later they came out
with black and white football cards which were real photos, but it
wasn't the same.
Then they came
out with a small package that involved a negative and a
printing paper. You would put them
together, sit them on your window in the sun, and
the paper would develop into a picture.
It was all great fun."
Wills Cigarette Cards
get back to the Wills cigarette cards,
they were classy. They had full sets
of everything you could think of, in full
Ahh, the good old
John Clark, Canada: August
Thank you to Jim Robertson who wrote:
"I was over
in Edinburgh in April, this year and met former Hibs player,
Tam Preston. He showed me a photograph of the Hibs Football
Team, taken in 1955-56 when he was in the
team. He managed to name all 22 players in the photo."
Sweety Cigarette Cards
brought back many good memories of my youth. We used to
collect football cards of the Hibees. If I remember right,
they were inside little packets of sweety cigarettes.
Names like Willie
Ormond and Tam Preston, were some of our favourites, I'm sure.
There were lots of kids in the Southside who collected them.
We used to swap them with each other."
Jim Robertson, Berlin, Germany:
May 19, 2009
After reading John Clark's comments
(Recollections 1 above) Bob Sinclair wrote:
"I also remember
the caricature football 'heads' cards. They
seemed to be a predominantly blue colour.
At Tollcross on
the NW corner and one door along,
there was a cycle shop who used to sell them. The vendor had
a number of them on display in his glassed
shop door. From memory,
these were 'Kiddies'
cards, but I can't remember who issued
I used to save up
and buy the odd one or two but never managed to get a whole set
together. As pointed out by John, the
issuers were fly, always keeping your
hopes up that you might get one of the hard-to-get
Bob Sinclair, Queensland,
Australia: January 12, 2010