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c. 1915-17 Piqua, Ohio 'Favorite Theatre' Trading Cards

Reverse of 1915-17 Piqua OH Trading CardClara Kimball Young 1915-17 Piqua OH Trading Card1915-16 Clara Kimball Young Anonymous Issue likely Kromo GravureJudging by the stars that I picked up from this set, these cards were issued sometime between 1915 and 1917.  These measure 2" X 3-1/2" and have a slightly textured surface on front with matching text on the reverse of each card (as shown at left), an ad for Geo. C. Kiefer's records, sheet music and related stock taking up most of the text.  The text at the bottom of the card advertises the "Favorite Theatre" in Piqua, Ohio.  I've been told that Mr. Keifer was a druggist in town, who teamed up with the local theater to market his wares on the back of these movie cards.

The photos used are in many cases the same images used in the various Kromo Gravure sets and sets that I suspect to have been issued by Kromo Gravure--add these to that list, as I believe the likely source of these cards is the Kromo Gravure Company.  Of the two Clara Kimball Young cards shown at the right, the first one is from a 1915-16 set of cards believed to be issued by Kromo Gravure and the second is the "Piqua" card.  Same photograph.  Besides Clara Kimball Young, all of the cards from the group that I had purchased are shown below.  To see a larger version of any image just click on the thumbnail.

Anita Stewart 1915-17 Piqua OH Trading Card
Anita Stewart

Arline Pretty 1915-17 Piqua OH Trading Card
Arline Pretty

Blanche Ring 1915-17 Piqua OH Trading Card
Blanche Ring

Charlotte Walker 1915-17 Piqua OH Trading Card
Charlotte Walker

Cleo Madison
Cleo Madison

Constance Talmadge
Constance Talmadge

Crane Wilbur
Crane Wilbur

Dorothy Bernard
Dorothy Bernard

Ethel Clayton
Ethel Clayton

Ethel Grandin
Ethel Grandin

Francis Ford 1915-17 Piqua OH Trading Card
Francis Ford

Grace Cunard
Grace Cunard

Henry B. Walthall 1915-17 Piqua OH Trading Card
Henry B. Walthall

Irene Boyle
Irene Boyle

Katharine Lewis
Katharine Lewis

Mabel Normand 1915-17 Piqua OH Trading Card
Mabel Normand

Mabel Taliaferro
Mabel Taliaferro

Marguerite Courtot
Marguerite Courtot

Marie Walcamp
Marie Walcamp

Marin Sais
Marin Sais

Miriam Nesbitt
Miriam Nesbitt

Mrs. Sidney Drew
Mrs. Sidney Drew

Velma Whitman
Velma Whitman

Violet Mersereau
Violet Mersereau

Wallace Reid
Wallace Reid