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Silk Flags published circa 1918,
silk collectors flags, original chromolithographs. 'Switzerland'.
Godfrey Philips Ltd introduced B.D.V cigarettes in the early 1900's and was a popular brand up until 1948 when it was dropped.
The name B.D.V originated from BOYD & Dibrell Virginia who were the US suppliers of their tobacco. Another explaniation is that it originates from a court case in 1901 when a member of the Philips family stated in court that the B.D.V brand was an abbreviation of the Latin words "Benedictus dominus vobiscum" meaning the pipe of peace.