Pictured for sale are these fantastic pieces of “Hopalong Cassidy” memorabilia including a total of 26 Hopalong Cassidy Bread End Labels from Series 1, 2, and 3, which were put out by Bond Bread in the 1950’s.
Bread companies have said that Gene Autry and Hopalong Cassidy were responsible for selling millions of extra loaves of bread to families because kids wanted to collect all the labels of their favorite western stars appearing on the ends of their bread. Listed below is each label, the series it is in, and their condition:
*Note in Series One and Three the label was surrounded by a Bond Bread Ad which was perforated and could be taken off before putting the label into the booklet Bond Bread offered for the labels.
1. Series One titled, "Hoppy Captures The Rustlers", Numbers 1 thru 16. All the labels in this series do not have the outside edge. Numbers included: Two of Number 1, Two of Number 4, One of Number 5, One of Number 6, One of Number 14, and One of Number 16. **Condition: All have been glued in and taken out of a booklet, show small tears along the edges, and have light surface wear.
2. Series Two the Starburst Series titled, "Hoppy Captures The Stage Coach Bandits", Numbers 17 thru 32. The first four labels are un-cut and have tape along their edges from being taped into the booklet. The next six have the outside edge cut away. There are Two of Number 23, One of Number 18, and the other remaining three are not numbered.**Condition: All the labels have been either glued or taped in and taken out of a booklet, some tiny tears along the edges, and have light surface wear.
3. Series Three titled, "Hoppy Captures The Bank Robbers”, Numbers 33 thru 48. The first five labels are uncut. There is One of Number 34, One of Number 39, Two of Number 43, and One of Number 45. The last three labels have the outside edge cut away. There is one of Number 46, Number 47, and 48.**Condition: All of the first five labels have tape on the edges and some have tiny edge tears. The last three labels have a tiny bit of tape on them. All the labels have been either glued or taped in and taken out of a booklet, some tiny tears along the edges, and have light surface wear.
4. Also included with the labels is a small piece from the Bond Bread bag. How neat is that!.
*Here's a little history about Hopalong Cassidy(William Boyd) that you may find quite interesting. From 1935 thru 1948 he starred in 48 movies as Hopalong Cassidy. Both youngsters and adults were big fans of Hopalong Cassidy, Roy Rogers, and Gene Autry. William Boyd was a very smart businessman and with that new invention called TV becoming popular in 1948 he purchased the rights to all his movies. He released them in 1948 on TV and became the most popular western star on TV for the next 8 years. He sold all kinds of merchandise with his name making millions of dollars. The kids liked him but it was the older women that fell in love with this handsome 50 year old, no nonsense, two-gun cowpoke who rode a white stallion named Topper that fought fair, loved kids, animals, the rights of everyone, and always got the bad guy.
When he made personal appearances he was always in his outfit and sometimes with Topper. He never charged for youngsters to visit with him and always told them to honor their parents, friends, and to never hurt animals.
Growing up in the 1950's The Lone Ranger, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and Hopalong Cassidy were all this little boy's heroes. Yea they had guns and yes they shot the bad guys when needed but these four western stars taught youngsters right from wrong, good from evil, and always reminded us to get to church on Sunday, and to honor our parents, teachers, and police officers in their home town. Imagine that fictional characters could teach values to kids of my generation and our real life figures today have very little to offer our children today.
**Please note that the large pictures in the center with the labels on each side in the photo do not come with the labels. “Only the labels are for sale.” I just thought it would be nice to show the large pictures with the labels in some of the photos.
A nice group of Hopalong Cassidy items to give a parent or grandparent that collected Hopalong Cassidy Bond Bread Labels as a child.
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