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1931 Series of 25

1931 Aesop's Fables. Gallaher Ltd. Series of 25. $40 from John Wyatt, Wynn Vale, South Australia, through Ebay, March, '99.

This set is exactly identical with the later Anstie set of 25, except that the back here is printed with brown ink rather than black and has "Issued by Gallaher Ltd." underneath an individual card number at the bottom of each back. John did some investigation to learn that Gallaher later in 1931 issued the same cards with "Series of 50" on the backs, but the series included only these original 25!  After a good deal of time spent scanning these cards, I can say that they are unusually well cut and aligned.

1. The Fox and the Stork

2. The Mountain in Labor

6. The Bear and the Beehives

7. The Boy and the Nettles

11. The Wolf and the Crane

12. The Lion and the Shepherd

16. The Tortoise and the Eagle

17. The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs

21. The Countryman and the Viper

The Fox and the Stork, verso

3. The Ass and his Driver

4. The Frogs Ask for a King

5. The Wolf and the Lamb

8. The Crow and the Pitcher

9. The Ass in the Lion's Skin

10. The Ass Eating Thistles

13. The Eagle and the Arrow

14. The Milkwoman and Her Pail

15. The Fox and the Mask

18. The Ants and the Grasshopper

19. The Flies and the Honeypot

20. The Cock and the Jewel

22. The Dog and the Shadow

23. The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf

24. The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse

25. The Lion and the Mouse