Which Series Offered Certificates?
By my best reckoning, there are only five different series albums that
actually offered a certificate. Yup, sounds like enough of a reason for another
chart. Was that a groan I heard in the back? You know me better than that. You
know I just live to make charts.
If you will recall, Series 7, African Animals, had an insert as well, but no offer for a certificate. Instead, the page read, "COMPLETE THIS ALBUM WITH THE FREE CARDS AVAILABLE IN THESE FINE Brooke Bond PRODUCTS". It then showed you many Red Rose products on one side and Blue Ribbon products on the other side.
Final Comments and Changes on the Certificates
You may have noticed on the chart above that the Series 2 Bear is good sized at 20" x 10". It is quite impressive in person. Brooke Bond may have figured that out as all of the rest are a bit smaller and more manageable. It appears they also figured out they were a bit sexist with the first certificate. A portion of the first says, "...having duly completed his album containing all 48 Animals of North America picture cards..." while all of the subsequent issues say "...having duly completed an album containing all 48 picture cards..."
There is a shiny glued on gold seal on the first 3 certificates that changed come the time of the dinosaur. Perhaps too many parents complained that the seals came off if the kids fidgeted with them or perhaps it was just cheaper to make them that way, but either way, the pretty gold glued on seal was replaced by a printed red seal that said "Brooke Bond Canada Limited." Come the sixth and final series to offer a certificate, the seal was gone altogether.
The entry form says that the certificates are suitable for
framing. Framing the certificates is a popular thing to do. You can see all of
the images used here depict framed certificates. Another popular thing to do is
to pin them on the child's wall. Several of the certificates I own have corner
pin holes in them.
Last modified: March 11, 2017
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