My cousin just sent me these six authentic tobacco silks. As she wrote in her note accompanying them:
The tobacco companies used to issue series of silks and one came in each package--like baseball cards. They were highly collectible and supposed to encourage tobacco users to kill themselves faster, apparently. [She has a dry wit.]
They did a series of miniature Oriental rugs, Native American chiefs, etc. Even back when I bought the butterflies years ago, the aforementioned were out of reach."
In the crazy quilt world, these images are prized as motifs within blocks, but no one uses the "real thing"--scanned images of them are printed up on fabric.
So I thought I would take high resolution photos of my six butterflies and post them here, for you to save, scan, and do with what you will!
If you click on these photos you will see that they are really large. Hopefully they are good enough quality for you to print and enjoy.