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1929 Movie-Land Keeno Game
Below: Cover of box:
The bottom right corner of the box cover above does contain a notation
of "Copyright 1929 by Wilder Mfg. Co., St. Louis, USA," however the presence
of some of the stars depicted on either the Large KEENO Cards or the smaller
CALLING Cards (playing cards) seem to point to the depicted edition of the
game being later than 1929. The most notorious example of this is
pictured on both a KEENO and a CALLING card, and that is a youthful Clark
Gable. While this is definitely the Gable of the pre-code days, as
emphasized by his clean upper lip, Gable's serious movie credits do not begin
until 1931. Therefore, to hazard a guess, I would estimate that the game
depicted here is from about 1932-33. But for simplicity's sake, and due
to the copyright notation on the box cover being the only identifying date, we
will refer to the game and all pieces as being from 1929. The links
immediately beneath this paragraph will take you to Photo Identification Pages
for both the Large KEENO Cards and the smaller CALLING Card mentioned above.
The scan below those links is of the inside box cover and contains the
directions to the game.
UPDATE: March 2005--I have purchased three games thus far
which all followed the information I gave on these pages, however I just
purchased a set which definitely dates closer to the 1929 copyright date.
This set contains numerous different "Calling Cards" including likenesses of
earlier stars such as Lon Chaney Sr. and Buster Keaton, neither of whom is
present in the later 1932-33 era game. Information to become available
at the appropriate links immediately below as time permits. (Calling
Cards page has now been updated).
Below: Directions Found on Inside Box Cover:
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