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Once-common cigarette cards and first-edition magazines were considered disposable by most people. But Feng Yiyou, 80 years old, still remembers the old days when he and his friends crouched down together at the corner of Shanghai’s longtang urban lanes playing with cigarette cards.
The small cards of animals, fictional figures, sports, trains and photos used to come in cigarette packets.
Last year, with the help of his daughter and son-in-law, Feng opened a museum showcasing 4,000 pieces of his collection, including old cigarette boxes, in a residential area hidden amid the skyscrapers of Lujiazui in the Pudong New Area. He rotates the collection regularly and admission is free.
At Feng’s cigarette card museum, visitors can see the first colored cigarette cards in the world, made in 1894 by a British company, stereoscopic cards and even cards collected by Empress Dowager Cixi (1835–1908).
Admission:Free, reservation required in advance