Cartophily is the collecting of cigarette cards and other trading cards as a hobby.
Cards were first put into Cigarette packets in about 1880, their main purpose then being to act as stiffeners for the protection of the contents.
Companies starting printing give-aways on these with some dealing with conjuring and allied subjects including: Fortune Telling, Shadowgraphy, tricks and puzzles. Many of these sets, which range from twelve to more than one hundred cards, were beautifully colored.
- Conjuring Cartophily. A lecture delivered by Patrick Lindley. Chicago: Magic Collectors Convention, 1988. Signed and numbered, of 100 copies. 6" x 8-1/4", green paper cover, B&W, 16 pp.
- An Introduction to Magic Theme Trade Cards by Robert A. Olson. Putnam, CT: Self-published, 1999. 8-1/2" x 11", yellow paper cover, tape binding, B&W, 24 pp.
- Cartophily and Magic by Chris Pratt. Self-published, 1997. 6" x 8-1/4", color cover and glossy pages with color illustrations, 16 pp.
- A Real Miracle #12 - Cartophily by Burton Sperber. Malibu, CA: self-published, 1995. 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", board cover and pages, color cover and pages, 12 pp.
- Sphinx 11/1946. Stanley Collins and Jimmy Findlay, "For Bibliophiles Only"
- Fifth Collectors Annual 1953. Morris Young, "Magic Premiums in Promotion of American Industrial Products"
- Magic Cauldron #48, 1973. Topper Martyn, [Liebig cards and Magic]
- Abra #1717, 12/1978. Clifford Hough, "Cartophily and Magic"
- Magicol #86, 1988. Patrick Lindley, "Cigarette Card Collecting and the Magician"
- Magic June-Aug./2001. A series of articles reproducing the Dukes Cigarette card series, and others.
Also of interest
- James Hagy's books on Magic for Free