Australian “Black-Fellow”

Number 2 in a set of 25 cigarette cards entitled 'Picturesque People of the Empire' issued by Ogden's branch of the Imperial Tobacco Co. Ltd. There is a picture on one side with an inscription reading 'Australian "Black-Fellow"', and a description on the other side. The text on the reverse reads: 'The aboriginal inhabitants of Australia - commonly but inaccurately termed black-fellows, for they are dark chocolate in colour - number to-day about 60,000. Wandering tribes with no knowledge of pottery, metal-work or agriculture, and feeding upon kangaroos, emus, snakes, lizards, grubs, birds, shell-fish and vegetable food - they may be described as Stone Age men living in the 20th century! They are extremely highly-skilled huntsmen, extremely dexterous in the use of spear, club, shield and boomerang, the remarkable hunting and fighting weapon invented by the Australian natives themselves.'

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