This is the second in a series about DIY garden hints collectibles vintage cards.
Vintage cigarette DIY garden hints cards prized as highly sought collectibles
Vintage cigarette cards are trade cards issued by tobacco companies to harden cigarette packages and also to advertise their cigarette brands. Several varieties were made round the approach of the 19th century throughout the late1800s and during the 1900s. Subjects were wide-ranging from DIY household hints issues to historic topics. Many DIY issues like the vintage 1938 garden hints sets were produced and are sought after as collectibles today.
In the United Kingdom, W.D. & H.O. Wills in 1887 were one of the first companies to add advertising cards with their cigarette packaging and include DIY topics.
Each vintage series of cards characteristically contained 25 or 50 linked subjects, and sets of over 100 cards per issue were not uncommon. Extensive themes like the DIY garden hints cards collectibles were available.
DIY Garden Hints series was popular at the time
One of the most popular of these vintage sets of cards were the Garden Hints sets of 50 cards. Since DIY garden work was most people’s interest each new spring, the public welcomed the next of these cards in the series to add as one of their new garden hints collectibles as as a guide for their next DIY project.
This article, along with the accompanying slide show, shows the Wills vintage garden hints, 1938 series cigarette cards, Garden Hints, (Nos. 6-10). All of these cards have a DIY garden theme that uses a DIY method.
Each card had text instructions on the back to help with the front illustration
Here’s the new text as printed on the back of the each of the cards, British spelling (refer to slides for the card pictures that relate to the text and numbers below):
Vintage Garden Hints, 1938 Cigarette Cards, (Nos.6-10)
Planting Water-Lilies (No. 6)
Plant some water-lilies in that new pool (see card no. 5 in series 1-5 cards article)…
The best time to plant water-lilies is in May. A convenient way of setting them in the pool is to place the roots enclosed by small-mesh wire netting. Alternatively, they may be set in a basket of soil. The netting or basket is weighted with stones to keep the water-lily at the bottom of the pool (See lower illustration). Upper picture shows another method. Build a mound of soil in the pool, surround it by soil to keep the stones in position, and plant the water-lily before the pool is filled. The roots of water-lilies must be kept in water until it is convenient to plant them.
Making A Garden Dovecot (No. 7)
Give those migrating doves a good home…
The octagonal base (18-inches each side) is constructed of 1-inch matched boards held together by battens screwed underneath. Each storey is separated into sections by four boards standing on ends and fastened at right angles to each other in the form of a cross. The sides are of 24 inch by 12 inch by ½ inch, openings being cut in four of these as illustrated. The upper flight edge projects 6 inches and is shaped to match the base. The roof consists of wooden segments nailed to a pointed block of wood. Wire netting is nailed on to key the cement mortar (top illustration). Coloured cement is used, and the tiled effect obtained before it sets (bottom illustration).
Making A Miniature Trough Or Sink Garden (No. 8)
Make a nice rock garden in your back yard….
A wooden frame 3-4 feet long, 18-20 inches wide, and 9 inches deep is made, and the bottom is covered with a layer of concrete (cement 1 part, sand 3 parts) 1-1/2 inch thick. Two small flower pots are set in the concrete to provide drainage. A smaller wood frame is then placed inside the large one, the space between being filled with concrete (top picture). When the concrete is set, the frames are removed and crocks are placed at the bottom of the trough before filling it with soil (centre picture). A miniature sink garden or trough is of great interest when designed as a rockery and filled with rock garden plants (bottom picture).
Laying Edging Tiles (No. 9)
Get that garden bed edge correct…
Unless the edge is trim, a garden never looks its best: it is therefore necessary to provide an edging to the paths. This may be of tiles, bricks or other material. Tiles are in common use and must be laid perfectly straight. To ensure this a garden line is absolutely necessary; it is laid down and the soil excavated alongside it to a depth that will ensure the tops of the tiles being at the correct height. If set too high they will not remain firmly in position: they should project 2-3 inches above the soil. The tiles are levelled by using a wooden block and hammer as shown in the illustration.
Making A Plant Propagating Frame (No. 10)
Protect those early spring plantings….
The propagating frame, 20 inches by 16 inches, is of ½-inch plywood supported by ¾-inch deal legs: these extend upwards forming a framework to which the plywood is nailed: the font is 3 inches lower than the back. Three sides of the top are of 2-inch by 1-inch deal, the front ledge is of 2-inch by ½-inch; the “light’ is of glass. Supports of ¾-inch deal are fixed around the inside; the lower four support the zinc base (A), which is bored to admit the lamp chimney. The other four, 10-inches above, support a second piece of zinc (B), upon which coconut fibre is placed. A lamp with ¼-inch wick is set underneath the frame, which is kept in a greenhouse.
Be sure and watch for our next Vintage Garden Hints article for Cards Nos. 11-15 in the series.
- Bob Vila