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Show me a bunch of the cards, please!

I don't have every series here (yet), but let's take a look at a bunch of cards from each series. I actually borrowed most of the images from auctions. All of the series are colorful. All except series 7 and 10 were done by the National Wildlife Federation. Every series has 48 cards. OK, let's look. 


Series 1 - Songbirds of North America...

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Series 1 - Songbirds of North America Collage

This is straight from the National Wildlife Federation. As a matter of fact, they did their own series of 48. You also see these images on playing cards and dominoes and stamps that the NWF issued as well as bookends, paperweights and a whole host of other items. 


Series 5 - Dinosaurs...

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Series 5 - Dinosaurs Collage

Usually, the NWF pulled from it's vast library of art (and artists) to fill the needs of the Brooke Bond request for the next series. In the case of dinosaurs, they had no artwork, so the NWF commissioned Rudolph F. Zallinger to do all 48 pieces. The set is a favorite of many. Somehow, most of the original paintings got into the hands of a British collector, David Hart. He had a website that discussed the paintings he has and some interesting facts about Rudolph Zallinger. Sadly, David has closed the site.


Series 9 - Canadian / American Songbirds...

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Series 9 - Canadian / American Songbirds Collage

This was the 4th bird series for Red Rose. Again the NWF pulled from it's vast library of art (and artists). These pictures were seen many times in the items issued from the NWF as well.



Series 10 - Transportation Through The Ages...

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Series 10 - Transportation Through The Ages Collage

This series was "borrowed" from across the pond. British Brooke Bond had already issued a 50 card series the previous year called Transport Through The Ages. Four cards were dropped and two new ones were added. Interestingly, the London bus was not in the original British series. This set has nothing to do with the NWF. It is a fun series as it starts you on an elephant, takes you to bicycles, hot air balloons, boats, planes, rockets and more.



Series 11 - Trees of North America...

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Series 11 - Trees of North America Collage

Brooke Bond went back to the NWF for this series. Beautiful trees in all of their glory. The NWF had this covered with their large pool of artists and artwork.


Series 12 - The Space Age...

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The NWF uses space as a theme for several books. It is unclear if they commissioned this group of artwork just for Brooke Bond or not. No artist signatures can be seen in any of the artwork. The space depictions and the space craft are exceptional. This is one of my favorites. This is the series I collected as a kid. 



Series 13 - North American Wildlife in Danger...

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Here is some more tried and true NWF artwork. They have plenty of famous wildlife artists like Ripper, DRE, FracÚ, Kreml, Reece and Peterson. It's a great series. Since it was done so long ago, it's fun to see that some of the creatures are no more, some are still endangered and some have made a come back from the brink of extinction.  



Series 14 - Exploring the Oceans...

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This is a great series. It is a mix of our metallic creations under the sea and sea life. NWF already had the creatures but they had to commission for Brooke Bond with regard to the pictures involving man under the sea. An artist named Walton did cards 1 through 21. A few pieces of this artwork has appeared on eBay before.  The rest of the cards were the usual NWF fare.


Series 17 - Indians of Canada...

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Series 17 - Indians of Canada Collage

This was the last series that Brooke Bond did in Canada. Indians was a subject that the NWF had no artwork for. A pair of artists had been used on some of the series 16 artwork. They were retained for all of the series 17 work. Their  initials, L & P, can be found on almost every series 17 card. Their names are Lazare and Parker. This is according to a gentleman working at the NWF that deals with the artwork there. They are known for their renditions of faces. The close ups on these cards are quite good.

 

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