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1930's-40's Arcade Cards

There are quite a few choices out there for the Arcade Card collector, as pointed out by things-and-other-stuff customer Ladd McIntosh, who kindly assisted with most of the information in this Guide.  My experience is that the Movie Arcades are the second most popular, just after those of Baseball Stars.  Other sets include Wrestlers, Aviation, Pirates, Indians, Pin-up Girls, whole sets of Movie Cowboys and even two sets featuring Charles Lindbergh.

The most prominent issuer of Arcade Cards was the Exhibit Supply Company out of Chicago, followed by the International Mutoscope Reel Company, whose cards are popularly referred to simply as Mutoscopes.  Mutoscope was eventually absorbed by the Exhibit Co. sometime in the late 1940's-early 1950's.  Arcade Cards seem to have originated during the 1910's period.  You sometimes see the machines which distributed them for sale, usually with three or so cards included as display.  These Arcade Card machines seem not very different from the machines you'll see at the exits of supermarkets today distributing stickers of everything from superheroes to sports logos.

Most of the Arcade Cards shown below are from the 1940's, though there are a few from the 30's included as well.  Several other sets have been issued with different colored tones on the front, from brown to orange to purple.  Ladd has also noticed four different reverse sides to the cards as he has collected.  In order of how he thinks they were issued, they are as follows: 1.Divided postcard backs, 2. Divided postcard backs with added coupon, 3. Coupon in lower corner with rest of card devoted to an ad, and 4. Blank back. 

The images below are of Arcade Cards which I have had in stock, many of which have sold.  In the future I hope to do a similar page of Mutoscope Arcade Cards as well, as I have several images of those on hand.  If you've read this far your computer has probably had the chance to load the 50 images below, enjoy the Gallery!

Click any thumbnail photo below for an enlarged version of the same photo.

Jean Arthur - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Jean Arthur

Fred Astaire - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Fred Astaire

Wallace Beery - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Wallace Beery

Joan Bennett - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Joan Bennett

Jack Benny - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Jack Benny

Janet Blair - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Janet Blair

Ann Blyth - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Ann Blyth

Charles Boyer - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Charles Boyer

Joe E Brown - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Joe E. Brown

James Cagney - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
James Cagney

Jack Carson - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Jack Carson

Gary Cooper - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Gary Cooper

Robert Cummings - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Robert Cummings

Olivia De Havilland - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Olivia De Havilland

Brian Donlevy - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Brian Donlevy

Deanna Durbin - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Deanna Durbin

Geraldine Fitzgerald - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Geraldine Fitzgerald

Joan Fontaine - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Joan Fontaine

John Garfield - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
John Garfield

Betty Hutton - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Betty Hutton

Evelyn Keyes - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Evelyn Keyes

Veronica Lake - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Veronica Lake

Dorothy Lamour - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Dorothy Lamour

Ida Lupino - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Ida Lupino

Fredric March - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Fredric March

Herbert Marshall - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Herbert Marshall

Victor Mature - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Victor Mature

Roddy McDowell - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Roddy McDowell

Ray Milland - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Ray Milland

Paul Muni - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Paul Muni

Merle Oberon - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Merle Oberon

Pat O Brien - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Pat O'Brien

Maureen O Sullivan - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Maureen O'Sullivan

Walter Pidgeon - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Walter Pidgeon

Mickey Rooney - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Mickey Rooney

Rosalind Russell - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Rosalind Russell

Ann Rutherford - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Ann Rutherford

George Sanders - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
George Sanders

Randolph Scott - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Randolph Scott

Ann Sheridan - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Ann Sheridan

Dinah Shore - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Dinah Shore

Kate Smith - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Kate Smith

Ann Sothern - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Ann Sothern

Robert Stack - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Robert Stack

James Stewart - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
James Stewart

Margaret Sullavan - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Margaret Sullavan

Robert Taylor - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Robert Taylor

Spencer Tracy - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Spencer Tracy

Claire Trevor - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Claire Trevor

Robert Young - 1930s-1940s Made in USA Arcade Card
Robert Young