Three wonderful decks of advertising cards made by U.S. card makers for noted U.S. products. Each is available separately for $15; all 3 are for sale for $40. Each is described briefly below.
• An interesting bit of the history of Tootsie Roll products, this deck from the 1940s was made by Brown & Bigelow (its Remembrance brand), for Sweets Co. of America, Inc. to promote “Tootsie V-M” a “vitamin-mineral fortifier” comparable to the more famous Ovaltine product, that “makes milk taste like chocolatey tootsie rolls.” The deck has 52 suited cards, plus a Joker, plus one of the Extra Jokers of the Assn. of American Playing Card Manufacturers (“Hear Ye”). The cards are bridge size and come in the original box. The cards are in excellent condition, lightly used if at all; the box has moderate general shelf wear, but is structurally sound.
• Rare deck made c.1976 by Brown & Bigelow (its Stardust brand) for KFC Corporation to promote Kentucky Fried Chicken with an illustration of the iconic Colonel Sanders on the backs. The deck has 52 suited cards, plus 2 Jokers. The cards are bridge size, and come in the original box. The cards are in excellent condition, “as new” or very nearly so, and the box is in excellent condition with very light shelf wear.
• Mint, sealed deck made by Whitman c.1989 for Maytag, featuring images of Gordon Jump on the courts and Jokers. In 1967, Maytag hired Jesse White to represent the company as the Maytag Repairman, “the loneliest man in town” because of the reliability of Maytag products. Upon White’s death in 1989, Maytag hired Gordon Jump to replace him. Jump is best known today as Arthur Carlson, the inept station manager on the hit TV show “WKRP Cincinnati.” The cards are bridge size, and come in the original box, designed as a Maytag Refrigerator. The cards are mint and sealed, and the box is “as new.”
THE AMOUNT SHOWN FOR DOMESTIC SHIPPING ASSUMES THAT ALL 3 DECKS ARE PURCHASED; IF 1 OR 2 DECKS ARE PURCHASED, SHIPPING WILL BE LESS.
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