Dorset and the Sea

The "Batman"

Cigarette card - The 'Batman'

The "Batman"  

Cigarette card produced for Ogden’s cigarettes in 1932.  Batmen were armed with wooden clubs six feet long, sometimes tipped with lead, which could inflict terrible injuries.  Batmen were paid to protect the smugglers' convoys as they journeyed inland.

© Private Collection.  The card can be seen in H.M. Customs and Excise Museum, Merseyside.