Dwig illustrated series number 176, “Cheer Up,” for Raphael Tuck & Sons. Every card has the guy smoking the cigarette in the upper left and the dog in the lower right.
I only have three cards in this series, and the strangest one I have seen in the entire series is the card to the right. You see the opossum and it looks cute but the caption reads “If your luck is playing ‘possum cut off its tail and say “Bill.”” What on earth does that mean?!
I Googled the phrase but nothing came up. When something is playing possum it is playing dead, so if you’re unlucky… the second half of the saying remains a mystery.