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Old 01-03-2010, 09:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Yes...these are probably older than everyone on this board...well papa I'm sure you were alive..and maybe even used A&H for showers and/or brushing your teeth...here is what I know, but does anyone have any idea what year/subset this was from? Im not even sure if these were released in chronological order or not. As you can see the Ox was # 18 in the set. Is there a specific guide (couldnt find any online webpages about these) that I could read to find more info on these (I think they're neat and have some interest in trying to do a set, although I could see it taking many years)?

Below info was sent to me via Arm and Hammers Customer Support...now this is some great stuff!

"The first cards were an early form of product promotion and collecting
them was a nationwide fad over a century ago. Originally, the cards were
distributed inside the boxes of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda.

The first series of cards, 2 x 3 inches in size and entitled "Beautiful
Birds of America" appeared in 1888. The reverse side identified the
subject and gave a brief history. Leading artists of the day were
commissioned, the most famous being Louis Agassiz Fuertes (1874-1927).

In the following five decades, well over 500 different artworks in trading
card sets of 15, 30 or 60 were published. In addition to birds, the cards
were designed featuring flowers, animals, cow breeds, fish, champion dogs
and Mother Goose characters.

To the best of our knowledge the cards were produced as follows:

Beautiful Birds; copyright unavailable-1904
Game Birds; copyright 1904-1910
Useful Birds; 1908-1938
Birds of Prey; 1975
Interesting Animals; unavailable-1915
Dairy Animals; unavailable
Champion Dogs; 1902
New Series of Dogs; 1910
Fish; 1900
Beautiful Flowers; unavailable
Mother Goose; 1900

Distribution of the cards ended in 1966. A commemorative 10 card set was
issued in 1976. If you are interested in the value of any cards you may
have, we suggest that you check with a dealer who specializes in
collectible cards."

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nice!!!! is that the only one you have?
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Yep...at least for now I agree with Matt, it could be an interesting set to try and complete given its 500 cards and been spread over about 75 years.
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Yep...at least for now I agree with Matt, it could be an interesting set to try and complete given its 500 cards and been spread over about 75 years.
Did you read my mind?

It's pretty cool that A&H responded to you.

I wish I knew more about these cards. I honestly know nothing about them and couldn't really find anything useful on the internet either. Please keep us updated as I'd like to chase this set as well. Only 500 spread out over 3/4 of a century sounds like a lot of fun!

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https://www.tias.com/cgi-bin/checkou...iew+Order+Form

Arm and Hammer Cards, great deals on on eBay!

Hope this helps
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14 Church&Dwight,arm&hammer bird cards,1904,1908,'15,&1 - eBay (item 260532717268 end time Feb-02-10 18:51:20 PST)
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bigboysoffootball - I'm looking for more historical info on the cards than places that have them for sale
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The seller of these is from Kansas. In doing just a little research, these cards were highly collectible back in the day even though they were mass produced unlike anything today. I will be looking into putting these sets together. I think they are beautifully done.
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Let me know matt if the Must Ox turns out to be a short print...I'll need trade bait if Boggs gets to Series D. I did get some good info and it was suggested that I check out the Sport Americana Price Guide to the Non-Sport Cards. So if we go out tonight to Barnes and Noble, I'll try and find a copy.
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Oh sorry my bad. Only things I could find.

CHURCH & DWIGHT CO., INC. - COMPANY HISTORY

A great nerve, vibrating: Arm & Hammer "Useful Bird" Cards
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Let me know matt if the Must Ox turns out to be a short print...I'll need trade bait if Boggs gets to Series D. I did get some good info and it was suggested that I check out the Sport Americana Price Guide to the Non-Sport Cards. So if we go out tonight to Barnes and Noble, I'll try and find a copy.
Great! We should work on this together. I'll keep you informed if I find anything out. If you find an interesting book on them, let me know, and I'll pick one up too.
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Damn!! I told mom not to throw them away when we opened the boxes
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CHURCH & DWIGHT CO., INC. - COMPANY HISTORY Check this out.

This one shows most of the cards.
http://www.vintageimagemadness.com/s...20trade%20card
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This is a really interesting thread - I wonder if the Cornell Lab of Ornithology might know anything about the Bird Cards especially, since Louis Agassiz Fuertes was affiliated with the institution at one time "back in the day," as the students say.
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Let me know matt if the Must Ox turns out to be a short print...I'll need trade bait if Boggs gets to Series D. I did get some good info and it was suggested that I check out the Sport Americana Price Guide to the Non-Sport Cards. So if we go out tonight to Barnes and Noble, I'll try and find a copy.
The Sport Americana Guides to the Non-Sport Cards are long out of print. Great books though, you can probably find used copies on eBay or Amazon.

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Didn't even know these cards existed.
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They are really neat, but still having big issues finding info on these. Our library is very small and gone mostly digital so I'm hoping to go up a level to the district library as the book stores dont have any information either.
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