We are the World. We are the Children.

I thought I would add a bit of fun to this blog entry and play a game of guess who with a difference.

Like last week’s blog, I am going to look at cigarette marketing again. This is not because I am endorsing it, but because it keeps throwing up some surprising and rather interesting objects.

This week I am looking at cigarette cards. In the collection at Blackburn Museum is a selection of cigarette card albums. In essence, every time you bought a packet you would find a little card and the aim would be to complete a set. The topics chosen by the manufacturers were extremely varied, for example, British fresh-water fishes, International Air Liners, Foreign birds and Radio celebrities. The one that really excited me though was the collection of ‘Children of the World’. This contained images of children from around the world wearing stereotypical national dress. The ideas and images they displayed would have been common held attitudes on what people in the rest of the world looked and dressed like.

As I said, this is a game of Guess Who with a difference. You have to guess the nationalities of the different children. Remember, that not all are from countries, some are from islands or regions of a country. So lets see how good (or how bad) your prejudices are. Answers at the bottom.

Answers: Top Row – Alaska and Mexico. Middle Row – Holland and France. Bottom Row – North America and Turkey

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2 Responses to “We are the World. We are the Children.”


  1. 1 4d March 4, 2010 at 11:33 am

    They did the same thing with PG Tips. You used to be able to send off for an album to glue them in. I can remeber
    Shaw ‘keep em’ peeled’ Taylor’s Police Five Cards with fondness.
    Never completed any albums though, maybe mum did’nt drink enough tea?!!

  2. 2 linda March 17, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    I remember when we were kids (man years ago) we played a game with cigarette packets we found in the streets. We’d flatten the packets and then chose one as the target and then we’d skim the other packets at it. The winner was the one who got their ciggie packet to land neatly on top. Happy days!


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