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Cigarette silk

Object Number: 
3 1/4 x 2 1/2 in.
A small natural beige silk cloth printed with a color portrait of a woman labeled "Helena, Queen of Italy", in a pink off-the-shoulder dress with white lace frills wearing a gold crown with red gems and a pearl necklace. Printed "Zira Cigarettes" at the bottom edge. Queen Helena of Italy, born princess Elena of Montenegro (1873-1952), married King Vittorio Emanuel III (ruled 1900-1946, lived 1869-1947) of Italy in 1896 and bore three children including the crown prince Umberto. One of a series of queens and empresses. Given as collectible premiums by cigarette manufacturers.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Bella C. Landauer
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group