Adalina Patti ~ 1885 Duke Cigarette card
This card was issued by W. Duke, Sons & Co during 1885 and was given as a free gift with a pack of 10 "Duke" cigarettes.
It is actually a real photo mounted onto the card.
Who else but a world renowned opera soprano to extol the virtues of a good old smoke? Nothing like lots of coughing to clear the lungs out!
Soprano Adelina Patti was born in Spain of Italian parents on 10th February 1843 and died in Wales on 27th September 1919.
Adelina Patti was one of the most highly regarded opera singers of the 19th century, earning huge fees at the height of her career. She made her operatic debut at age 16 in 1859 in the title role of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor at the Academy of Music, New York.
Amongst her contemporaries were - Jenny Lind, Thérèse Tietjens and Christina Nilsson.
Patti made a number of recordings at her home - Craig-y-Nos Castle in south Wales – during 1905 & 1906, but by this time she had lost much of her renowned voice.
She had purchased the castle and surrounding park land for £3,500 in 1878.