Today I'm offering for sale a group of 10 Western Penny Arcade Cards with Stars of movie, radio, and television from the 1950's. Each card shows 4 stars who made movies throughout the 1940's and 1950's and some who became big stars throughout The Golden Age of Television in the 1950's.
The cards were made by the Exhibit Supply Company of Chicago from 1921 to 1966. This company made 10's of millions of cards that featured movie stars, TV stars, sports stars, and other topics like girly photos. If you find any Arcade Cards they were likely made by the Exhibit Supply Company of Chicago. Some of the highly sought after cards can bring hundreds of dollars.
As a little boy growing up in the 1950's I bought 100's from the Penny Arcade Card Machines all around my hometown, as well as at fairs, amusement parks, at bars where my dad went, carnivals, department stores and even in our church basement were my mom played Bingo every Friday and Saturday nights.
Listed below is each card, who's on it, and it's condition:
Each card is postcard size measuring 3 3/8" x 5 3/8" and made of heavy cardboard stock paper. All came with a facsimile signature and stamped Made in U.S.A. in the bottom right hand corner.
1. Photos of The Lone Ranger, Wally Wales, Tom Tyler, and Don "Red" Barry. **Condition: Very good with two lightly bumped corners.
2. Photos of Spade Cooley, Johnny Boud, John Wayne, and Jimmy Dodd of Mickey Mouse Club Fame. **Condition: Very good with three lightly bumped corners.
3. Photos of A Saddle King, George Montgomery, James Newill, and Richard Arlen. **Condition: Very good with one lightly bumped corner.
4. Photos of Tom "Dead Shot" Tyler, Leo Maloney, and 2 pictures of Gene Autry. **Condition: Very good with one bumped corner. On the back of the card the owner drew a line down the middle and a small square where you can place your stamp.
5. A photo of Gene Autry and Champ, Joel Randall, Rod Cameron, and the one and only Hopalong Cassidy, William Boyd. **Condition: Very good with three lightly bumped corners. The same line and small square are on the back.
6. A photo of Roy Rogers, Elton Britt, Buffalo Bill, Jr., and Gene Autry. **Condition: Very good with three lightly bumped corners.
7. A photo of Lee "Molasses" White, Johnny Downs, Gene Autry, and Monte Hale. **Condition: Very good with two lightly bumped corners. The same line and small square are on the back.
8. A photo of Russell Hayden, Tom Keene, John King, and Danny Thomas. **Condition: Very good with three lightly bumped corners. The same line and small square are on the back.
9. A photo of Tom "Dead Shot" Tyler, Leo Maloney and 2 photos of Gene Autry. Condition: Good with a small moisture stain at the front top left corner and the back bottom right corner. There are three lightly bumped corners. The same line and small square are on the back.
10. A photo of Cary Cooper, Max Terhume, Ray Whitley, and Tex Ritter (John Ritter's) dad. **Condition: Good condition with a moisture stain along the top edge of the front. The same line and small square are on the back. The corners are sharp.
If your dad or mom grew up in the 1940's and 1950's they probably purchased a ton of Arcade Cards during their childhood. A super neat surprise birthday present or a cool Christmas gift from Santa Claus that should be the last present opened up on Christmas. Boy Will They Be Surprised!!
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