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A series of 50 cigarette cards from 1927 by W.D. & H.O. Wills and issued by the Imperial Tobacco Co. (of Great Britain & Ireland) Ltd.  

This series can be easily identified by the white background on the title on the reverse side.

These three cards have a theme of Vintage Technology and the style of abbreviated and archaic writing makes them an interesting read.

Card No. 48 of 50

Mending Electric Wires

Before attempting any repairs to the electric lighting system, it is of paramount importance that the current be cut off at the main switch.  In the case of a broken wire, first of all bare the severed ends to the extent of a couple of inches each, and scrape the wire clean with a pocket-knife.  Then cross one end over the other, A, twist, B, and cover the joint with solder, C; allow sufficient time for the solder to cool, wrap round a covering of rubber tape and finish off with black adhesive tape, D.  If, on examination, the whole length of wire shows signs of perishing, it is wiser to replace with new rather than patch up the old.


Card No. 49 of 50

Making a Wireless Aerial

By law a wireless aerial must not exceed 100ft. in length, including the down lead (sic).  For the type illustrated, standard copper wire is most suitable.  It may be slung between any two high points, care being taken that it swings clear of all obstructions.  Our picture shows an aerial swung between the wall of a house and a pole.  Note the two insulators, each held be a length of stout galvanized wire fastened at the house-end to a staple, at the pole-end to a pulley.  The down-lead should be insulated at least ten feet off the ground, the coated wire for the purpose being joined to the aerial wire by soldering.  A suitable tube (shown on right) for leading the wire into the house may be purchased quite cheaply.

Card No. 50 of 50

Making a Wireless "Earth"

Run an insulated copper wire from the earth terminal of the receiving set to the knife-switch connecting it with the down-lead as shown on the left.  From there lead it into the open, where it should be "earthed" in the shortest possible distance.  A good "earth" is made by soldering the end of the wire to the side of an old galvanized bucket in which a few holes have been punched.  The latter should be tightly filled with damp earth, and buried.  If two buckets are used, as shown on right, better results are obtained.  To be efficient, an "earth" must be kept damp; an inverted flower-pot buried above the buckets and level with the earth enables a funnel to be inserted for watering.