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1915 Ornate Pink Border Movie Cards

Each card measures approximately 2-1/8" X 3-1/2"

These cards are a bit of a mystery to me. I believe 1915 to be a pretty good date based on the information provided on the fronts of the cards (backs are blank), but I have no idea of who issued them or how they were issued.

I've actually only handled 13 of these 50 cards myself, the remaining images are courtesy of a gentleman who received the cards from his grandmother in 1950. The cards were originally collected by this gentleman's uncle in a little Kansas town called Lost Springs. Along with our ornately pink bordered movie cards his uncle collected, and passed down, several pre-1916 baseball cards.

Each card measures approximately 2-1/8" X 3-1/2" and as to the decided upon date of 1915, I put together clues found within the text of each of the 13 different cards acquired. Most concrete are the examples of Maurice Costello, on whose card it is mentioned "with Vitagraph seven years." Well, Costello joined Vitagraph in 1907 and left in 1915. Combining this with information from the Ruth Roland card, "Plays leads for Balboa," and information borrowed from the IMDb, which states that Ms. Roland left Kalem for Balboa in 1915, we have decided upon the 1915 date.

To back this up there are film titles mentioned on a few of the cards which, once again according to the IMDb, fall before this 1915 date. Examples can be found on the card of Mabel Trunnelle, whose card mentions three film titles: "Maid of Honor" (1913), "Ann" (1913) and "The Man From the West" (Trunnelle not billed in either version on the IMDb, but films date 1912 and 1914). Also, Carlyle Blackwell's card mentions the title of his debut film, "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1910), and Florence La Badie's card mentions "The Million Dollar Mystery," a film in which she appears in two different versions, once in 1914 and again in 1918. I'm going to assume the card is referring to the 1914 date.

This page is intended to provide you will all of the possible tools required to view, research, collect, and even purchase the cards in this set, as well as the classic film stars included in this set.

A new way to view: I wasn't happy with how small some of the horizontal images turned out and so necessity being the mother of invention I spent a little extra time figuring out how to install a lightbox.  There's now a larger version of every image on this page--just click any single image and the enlarged version will pop up over this page.  From there you can actually view all 52 enlarged images at once if you wish.  Enjoy!

 

Circa 1915 Albert Macklin Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Albert Macklin

Circa 1915 Antonio Moreno Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Antonio Moreno

Circa 1915 Blanche Ring Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Blanche Ring

Circa 1915 Carlyle Blackwell Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Carlyle Blackwell

Circa 1915 Claire McDowell Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Claire McDowell

Circa 1915 Claire Whitney Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Claire Whitney

Circa 1915 Clara Kimball Young Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Clara Kimball Young

Circa 1915 Cleo Madison Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Cleo Madison

Circa 1915 Cleo Ridgley Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Cleo Ridgley

Circa 1915 Crane Wilbur Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Crane Wilbur

Circa 1915 Dorothy Bernard Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Dorothy Bernard

Circa 1915 Dorothy Green Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Dorothy Green

Circa 1915 Dustin Farnum Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Dustin Farnum

Circa 1915 Earle Williams Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Earle Williams

Circa 1915 Earl Metcalfe Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Earl Metcalfe

Circa 1915 Edith Storey Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Edith Storey

Circa 1915 Elsie Janis Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Elsie Janis

Circa 1915 Ethel Clayton Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Ethel Clayton

Circa 1915 Flavia Arcoria Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Flavia Arcoria

Circa 1915 Florence La Badie Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Florence La Badie

Circa 1915 Francis X. Bushman Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Francis X. Bushman

Circa 1915 Genevieve Hamper Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Genevieve Hamper

Circa 1915 George Holt Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
George Holt

Circa 1915 Grace Cunard Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Grace Cunard

Circa 1915 Helen Marten Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Helen Marten

Circa 1915 Henry B. Walthall Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Henry B. Walthall

Circa 1915 Henry W. Pemberton Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Henry W. Pemberton

Circa 1915 Isabelle Lowe Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Isabelle Lowe

Circa 1915 Jack Kerrigan Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Jack Kerrigan

Circa 1915 James Levering Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
James Levering

Circa 1915 John Reinhard Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
John Reinhard

Circa 1915 LC Shumway Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
L.C. Shumway

Circa 1915 Lucille Taft Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Lucille Taft

Circa 1915 Mabel Normand Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Mabel Normand

Circa 1915 Mabel Trunnelle Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Mabel Trunnelle

Circa 1915 Marguerite Courtot Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Marguerite Courtot

Circa 1915 Marguerite Snow Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Marguerite Snow

Circa 1915 Marie Newton Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Marie Newton

Circa 1915 Mary Anderson Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Mary Anderson

Circa 1915 Mary Fuller Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Mary Fuller

Circa 1915 Maurice Costello Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Maurice Costello

Circa 1915 Pearl White Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Pearl White

Circa 1915 Bobby Harron Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Robert Harron

Circa 1915 Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle

Circa 1915 Rosemary Theby Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Rosemary Theby

Circa 1915 Rosetta Brice Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Rosetta Brice

Circa 1915 Ruth Roland Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Ruth Roland

Circa 1915 Tom Mix Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Tom Mix

Circa 1915 Vivian Rich Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Vivian Rich

Circa 1915 Wally Van Ornate Pink Border Trading Card
Wally Van