INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the largest collection of vintage (pre-1980) Sir Isaac Newton trading cards on the internet! Please let me know if there are other Newton cards you’re aware of beyond what’s listed.

THE COLLECTION – WANT LIST ITEMS ARE IN RED


Year: 1886 (estimated)
Country of Origin: USA
Manufacturer: Dunning and Company
Product: Lawn Mower

Dunning and Company appears to be an agricultural supply firm that was based out of Auburn, NY, in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The product advertised on this card appears to be a lawnmower called the Royal. The front of the card bills Sir Isaac Newton as “The Greatest Philosoper,” and I have seen one other card in this series, featuring Galileo as “The Greatest Astronomer.” The rough cut on the left edge of the card suggests that the card may have originally been one half of a fold-out.


Year: 1888
Country of Origin: France
Manufacturer: Chocolaterie Poulain
Product: Chocolate

This early chocolate card features an embossed design and is numbered 15 in a set that included at least two series of 10 cards each.


Year: 1888-1890
Country of Origin: USA
Manufacturer: Allen & Ginter
Product: Tobacco

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This early Newton card features fellow inventors Archimedes, Galileo, Torricelli, and Franklin. The card is 6″ x 9″ with a blank back and was intended for inclusion in an album.


Year: 1890 (estimated)
Country of Origin: France
Manufacturer: Chocolat Guerin-Boutron
Product: Chocolate

Newton was featured as one (unnumbered) of 84 Benefactors of Humanity (“Les Beinfaiteurs de L’Humanite”) on this card distributed with chocolate from the French chocolatier Guerin-Boutron. Note that this same card design was used by other chocolate sellers as well.


Year: 1890 (estimated)
Country of Origin: France
Manufacturer: Kahn Brothers and Zabern
Product: Unknown

Newton is card 137 in this gold-bordered set that includes–possibly among others–famous scientists and mathematicians. Additional subjects in the set include Descartes, Laplace, and Newton’s calculus rival Liebnitz. Some cards in the set reference the 1889 Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair), held in Paris.


Year: 1897
Country of Origin: France
Manufacturer: Ph. Suchard
Product: Chocolate

This chocolate card includes a picture of the product, various Newton tropes (apple, telescope, books), and Newton coming out of his shell to explain planetary orbits to a small audience.


Year: 1900
Country of Origin: France
Manufacturer: Liebig
Product: Beef Extract

“Inventors 2” is the first of four Liebig series to feature Newton and highlights his discovery of the Law of Universal Gravitation. As with many Liebig cards, distribution was across multiple countries and in multiple languages. Note that this same card design was also used by Ch. Jux to promote its “Creme Express” product.


Year: 1900 (estimated)
Country of Origin: Holland
Manufacturer: Bensdorp
Product: Cacao

This card was number 101 in a series of 104 celebrities (“beroemde personen”). The design on the card’s front was also used by a supplier of French chicory around the same time.


Year: 1900 (estimated)
Country of Origin: France
Manufacturer: C. Berriot
Product: Chicory

This unnumbered card mimics the design of a Bensdorp (Holland) issue, hence may also be from a set of 104 celebrities.


Year: 1900 (estimated)
Country of Origin: France
Manufacturer: Sodex
Product: Soda Crystals

This card design was used by multiple firms circa 1900 and features Newton as part of “The Astronomers (Series B).” Also featured on the card are the Hammerfest Column (Norway) and Pulkovo Observatory (Russia).


Year: 1900 (estimated)
Country of Origin: France
Manufacturer: Wood-Milne
Product: Shoes

A large paper issue touting the superior quality of Wood-Milne heels and soles. In the picture, Newton himself seems to be admiring his shoes.


Year: 1900 (estimated)
Country of Origin: France
Manufacturer: a Jean-Bart
Product: Clothing

This beautiful card of Newton sits high on my want list. Any leads are greatly appreciated!


Year: 1901
Country of Origin: UK
Manufacturer: Ogden’s Cigarettes
Product: Tobacco

This blank-backed “Guinea Gold” card is number 119 of 1148! Can you imagine how many packs of cigarettes you’d have to smoke to pull the Newton card if that was the one you really wanted?


Year: 1901 (estimated)
Country of Origin: France
Manufacturer: Heinrich Franck Söhne
Product: Coffee

Newton is card number 3 in this German series identifying him as a famous scholar (“Beruhmte Gelehrte.”)


Year: 1902
Country of Origin: UK
Manufacturer: John Player & Sons
Product: Tobacco

Newton was card number 4 in a series of 20 “Famous Authors and Poets.” Narrow (pictured above) and wide variations exist.


Year: 1903
Country of Origin: France
Manufacturer: Liebig
Product: Beef Extract

“Monuments to Famous Scientists” is the second of four Liebig series to feature Newton. The monument depicted stands at Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge. As with many Liebig cards, distribution was across multiple countries and in multiple languages.


Year: 1906
Country of Origin: France
Manufacturer: Liebig
Product: Beef Extract

“Astronomers 1” is the third of four Liebig series to feature Newton. As with many Liebig cards, distribution was across multiple countries and in multiple languages.


Year: 1908
Country of Origin: Germany
Manufacturer: Stollwerck
Product: Tobacco

This Newton card is from the Heroes (“Helden”) series, which corresponds to album number 10.


Year: 1910
Country of Origin: UK
Manufacturer: Taddy and Co.
Product: Tobacco

This is card number 16 of 25 in Taddy’s “Autographs” series. The same cards, with minor variations to the reverse, were also released in Canada under the Tuckett’s brand, which can be harder to find.


Year: 1911 (estimated)
Country of Origin: France
Manufacturer: Chocolat Lombart
Product: Food – Chocolate

Chocolat Lombart was at one time France’s largest chocolate manufacturer and also claimed to be its oldest. The back of the card cites highlights in the company’s history across three different centuries. The front of the card indicates this card was part of a series of Famous Men (“Les Hommes Celebres”) and that Newton was part of an Inventors subset. 


Year: 1912
Country of Origin: UK
Manufacturer: R.J. Lea, Ltd.
Product: Tobacco

Newton was card 46 of 50 in this set of “Chairman Miniatures.” Cards were issued with plain or gold borders.


Year: 1921
Country of Origin: France
Manufacturer: Liebig
Product: Beef Extract

“The Causes of Great Discoveries” is the fourth and final Liebig series to feature Newton, though Liebig would continue to produce cards for almost 50 more years. As with many Liebig cards, distribution was across multiple countries and in multiple languages.


Year: 1924
Country of Origin: UK
Manufacturer: Nicolas Sarony & Co.
Product: Tobacco

Sarony & Co. distributed their “Celebrities and Their Autographs” series in four sets of 25. Cards 1-25 were distributed in 1923, cards 26-50 and 51-75 were distributed in 1924, and cards 76-100 were distributed in 1925. Cards came in two sizes each year, narrow (shown above) and wide. There is also some variation in the size of the card number on the reverse. As card 29 in the set, the Newton card was part of the 1924 release.


Year: 1924
Country of Origin: UK
Manufacturer: Ogden’s Cigarettes
Product: Tobacco

Newton was card 35 of 50 in the “Leaders of Men” series. A related card has a similar picture (possibly reversed), the same text on the back (in Spanish), but is numbered 49 instead of 35.


Year: 1924
Country of Origin: UK
Manufacturer: Fry’s Chocolates
Product: Chocolate

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Sir Isaac Newton’s sundial at Colsterworth Church is card 10 on a series of 50 “Ancient Sundials” cards.


Year: 1925
Country of Origin: UK
Manufacturer: John Player & Sons
Product: Tobacco

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Smokers who missed out on the Ogden’s Newton the year before must have been delighted to see the same “Leaders of Men” series put out by Player, with Newton again card number 35 of 50.


Year: 1926
Country of Origin: UK
Manufacturer: Carreras Ltd
Product: Tobacco

Newton was card 5 in a series of 24 “Old Staffordshire Figures.” The statuette shown resides at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.


Year: 1928
Country of Origin: UK
Manufacturer: Ogden’s Cigarettes
Product: Tobacco

The “Marvels of Motion” series from Ogden’s includes Newton and the force of gravity as card number 8 in a series of 25. The front of the card is unique in that it feature’s Newton’s pet dog, Diamond, as well as accurate measurements based on the acceleration due to gravity. (Ignoring air resistance and rounding error, multiply 16 by the square of the number of seconds.)


Year: 1932
Country of Origin: Germany
Manufacturer: Yramos
Product: Tobacco

This card from Dresden-based cigarette producer Yramos was designed to be placed in an album.


Year: 1930s (estimated)
Country of Origin: France
Manufacturer: Produits Raoul
Product: Unknown

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This card from the “Great Inventions” series perhaps generously features Newton as an inventor of the thermometer.


Year: 1932
Country of Origin: Germany
Manufacturer: Enver Bey
Product: Food – Tobacco

This German tobacco series featured the greatest minds of all time (“Geistesgrossen Aller Zeiten”) and pioneering works (“Bachbrechenden Werke”). Newton is featured on card number 104 among the 72 images of the second series. The card focuses on Newton’s contributions toward understanding the role of the Moon and gravity in explaining high and low tides on Earth. 


Year: 1932
Country of Origin: France
Manufacturer: Chocolat Pupier
Product: Food – Chocolate

This card paired Newton with fellow Englishman William Shakespeare as part of a Europe-England (“L’Europe – Angleterre”) series.


Year: 1933
Country of Origin: Germany
Manufacturer: Reemtsma Cigarettes
Product: Tobacco

Newton is number 89 in a series of 200 “Figures of World History: Contemporary Miniatures of Famous Persons from Four Centuries.” This is a paper issue intended to be pasted into an album.


Year: 1933
Country of Origin: Germany
Manufacturer: Haus Bergman
Product: Tobacco

Newton was card 6 in book 3, dedicated to the Great Scientists and Inventors (“Die Grossen Forscher und Erfinder.”)


Year: 1934
Country of Origin: UK
Manufacturer: Typhoo
Product: Tea

Newton’s birthplace, Woolsthorpe Manor, was card 15 in a series of 25 “Homes of Famous Men.”


Year: 1935
Country of Origin: UK
Manufacturer: Carreras Ltd
Product: Tobacco

This Newton card is number 18 of 50 in the set “Celebrities of British History.” The same image in a monochrome blue was later used by Turf Cigarettes  in a 1950 blank backed set.


Year: 1935
Country of Origin: Germany
Manufacturer: Olleschau
Product: Tobacco

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This bookmark card came from a set that also included Sigmund Freud, Walt Whitman, and Mark Twain, among others. Given that the product came out of Nazi Germany, I was surprised to see Freud included. And for that matter, I was under the impression that bookmarks were pretty useless in a fascist state.


Year: 1935-1938
Country of Origin: UK/South Africa
Manufacturer: Max Cigarettes
Product: Tobacco

This would be a wonderful set to own. Many of the cards envision the future, as imagined from the 1930s. The full set is only display at the New York Public Library.


Year: 1936
Country of Origin: UK
Manufacturer: Godfrey Phillips
Product: Tobacco

Newton was the final card in this set of 50 “Famous Minors.” The card shows a very young Newton using a mouse to power a windmill. This may have special significance in light of the drawing recently discovered at Woolsthorpe.


Year: 1937
Country of Origin: UK
Manufacturer: W.A. & A.C. Churchman
Product: Tobacco

Newton was card 21 in a series of 40 “Howlers.” In this context, the meaning of howler may be “an amusing mistake.” Note here that the apple lands on Newton’s head and knocks his wig in the air, which is pretty amusing!


Year: 1937
Country of Origin: USA
Manufacturer: Melorol
Product: Ice cream

These “minute biographies” came from a 1931 book of the same name by Sameul Nisenson and Alfred Parker. Any collector with 25 consecutive cards in the series was able to trade their cards for the book, a deal that in retrospect wasn’t so good.


Year: 1938
Country of Origin: UK/South Africa
Manufacturer: A.&M. Wix
Product: Tobacco

Newton and Einstein teamed up for card number 1 in a series of 250 cards featuring “Speed Through the Ages.” Depending on the country, the card back is either in English or in both English and Afrikaans.


Year: 1946-1966
Country of Origin: Australia
Manufacturer: Stamina Trousers
Product: Clothing

Newton was card 96 in a series that spanned two decades.


Year: 1950 (estimated)
Country of Origin: France
Manufacturer: Editions Arnaud
Product: Unknown

This paper issue was likely intended for placing in an album.


Year: 1951
Country of Origin: UK
Manufacturer: Carreras Ltd
Product: Tobacco

The same firm issued a very similar set 15 years earlier. However, these “Turf Slides” cards were a monochrome blue and hand-cut from the box rather than inserted. Newton’s number has also changed to 8.


Year: 1952
Country of Origin: USA
Manufacturer: Topps
Product: Chewing Gum

The Topps “Look ‘n See” set featured famous men and women from throughout history. Newton was card number 68 out of 135. Other notable scientists include Marie Curie, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Copernicus, and Galileo.


Year: 1955
Country of Origin: UK
Manufacturer: Morning Foods Ltd
Product: Cereal

This card is number 18 in a series of 50 and features Newton’s childhood home, Woolsthorpe Manor. “Our England” is the theme of the series.


Year: 1955
Country of Origin: UK
Manufacturer: J. Bibby & Sons Ltd.
Product: Cooking Fat

This is card 5 in a series of 25 “Don’t You Believe It” cards. I’m always impressed with how dressed up Newton gets just to go outside and think!


Year: 1956 (unreleased)
Country of Origin: UK
Manufacturer: W.A. & A.C. Churchman
Product: Tobacco

This set of 50 “Pioneers” was produced in 1956 but never released. Only reprints of the set are known to exist, such as this 1997 reproduction from Imperial Publishing. Newton is card #31. 


Year: 1960
Country of Origin: Germany
Manufacturer: Honigs
Product: Macaroni

This card is on a paper stock and is numbered 177 from a set of 192 cards featuring celebrities (“Beroemdheden”). The cards were issued in 12 series of 16 and intended to be pasted into an album that included descriptions of each figure.


Year: 1960s (estimated)
Country of Origin: France
Manufacturer: Fernand Nathan
Product: Game

This playing card appears to be from the 1960s and was produced by French publisher Fernand Nathan as part of a “Great Scientists” (“Les Grands Savants”) family game. Other astronomers in the deck are Kepler, Copernicus, and Galileo.


Year: 1960 (estimated)
Country of Origin: Australia
Manufacturer: Woolworths
Product: Swap card

Woolworths (Australia) distributes “swap cards” to customers based on the amount of purchase. The store also hosts swap days where collectors are encouraged to trade cards with each other. 


Year: 1960s (estimated)
Country of Origin: Belgium
Manufacturer: Chocolat Jacques
Product: Chocolate

These paper issues were intended to be placed into albums. The first focuses on Newton the Astronomer and is card 92 in the “A L’Assaut Des Etoiles” series. The second focuses on Newton’s work in optics and is card 54 in the “Chromos Instructifs” series.


Year: 1960s (estimated)
Country of Origin: France
Manufacturer: Chocolat Coop
Product: Chocolate

This paper issue is card #29 in the “Les Bienfaiteurs de l’Humanité” (Benefactors of Humanity) series.


Year: 1962
Country of Origin: UK
Manufacturer: Fine Fare/Sunblest
Product: Tea

This is card number 4 from the first of two series of 25 cards featuring “Inventions & Discoveries.” Note that the same set of cards was also distributed by Sunblest Tea, differing only in the manufacturer name on the reverse.


Year: 1962
Country of Origin: UK
Manufacturer: Fine Fare/Sunblest
Product: Tea

This is card number 34 from a set of 50 cards, released in two series of 25 cards each, featuring “Inventions & Discoveries.” Note that the same set of cards was also distributed by Fine Fare Tea, differing only in the manufacturer name on the reverse.


Year: 1963
Country of Origin: USA
Manufacturer: Nabisco
Product: Cereal

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This “Giants of Science” series came three to a box of Spoon Size Shredded Wheat. Cards were blank-backed and required hand-cutting from the back of the box. Newton was card #18 in the series.


Year: 1968
Country of Origin: UK
Manufacturer: Glengettie Tea
Product: Tea

This tea card is numbered 4 in a series of 25 historical scenes.


Year: 1972
Country of Origin: UK
Manufacturer: Shell Oil
Product: Other – Gasoline

This card was part of a series of 20 Great Britons distributed by Shell Oil. Purchasers of Shell gasoline were given a card and were able to affix the cards into a special album.


NOTES

  • For modern cards (post-1980), please refer to The Trading Card Database.
  • Let me know if you can assist with my want list!
  • Please report any corrections or additions!

OTHER WANT LIST CARDS

  • c1900 Chicoree Extra Daniel Voelcker-Coumes a Bayon “Beautiful Inventions” #145 (The Telescope)
  • c1913 Sodex “Famous Men (Inventors)” – Newton with apples (gravity) – black/white image

 

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