It is just amazing to see just how many different types of pig cards one can collect and just to see the number of different pig types or breeds that exist and the fact that some breeds are now extinct. The areas of pig card collecting can vary greatly based upon the collectors’ interest...farming, art, comic, advertising, fairy tales, domestic, wild, holidays, etc. I may have accumulated some one to two thousand cards in many categories. They are so much fun, and you can always find a new card.
Pigs belong to the genus Sus. There are hundreds of domestic and wild types or breeds of the porcine variety. They are found on every continent and are an important food source for many world populations. The one group of people that do not consume pork are the Jewish, which is a Biblical dietary restriction. The pigs will consume just about anything they are given or can find. In good turn, they provide us with such fine foods as ham, bacon, sausage, souse, scrapple, and spam just to name a few.
There are approximately a billion plus pigs worldwide. Some of the common domestic pigs are American Yorkshire, Berkshire, Chester White, Duroc, and Poland China. The largest domestic pig ever was a Poland China named “Big Bill” from Tennessee and weighed in at 2,552 (1157 KG) in 1933. A note of interest, pigs are used in France to hunt truffles, a fungus. They are incorporated into may fine food dishes and candies.
The smallest domesticated pig breed is names a Kunekune. They weigh only 100 to 400 pounds and have long hair and are from New Zealand. They are replacing Vietnamese Po-Bellied pigs as pets. I wanted to show you a few pig cards from my collection and here they are. Picture #1 a Halloween card – “What the pig tho’t of the ghost”. Picture #2 Good luck in the New Year with pig and four-leaf clovers, both being symbols of luck and prosperity. Picture #3 a very nice card of a wild boar. Picture #4 a farmer’s wife checking out her herd of swine. Picture #5 a beautiful, I would call a St. Patrick’s Day greeting with pretty lady, pig, and clover. Picture #6 a nursery rhyme card about Simple Simon meeting a pieman – cute. Picture #7 a Dutch card showing “fishing pig.” Picture #8 no rest for mother (my own caption). I hope you readers have enjoyed the few pig cards I have shown you. Could have shown many more... If you should start collecting cards, I wish you all the best and I hope you find some marvelous cards. Happy Hunting, Bob.