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1921 Henry Clay and Bock Co. Ltd.

Susini y Bock Ovalados

Tobacco Cards - From Cuba - Measure appx. 1-15/16" X 2-9/16"

Another group of Cuban Tobacco Cards from the Henry Clay and Bock Co. for us to look at. These took a little work to sort--another set (which will soon take up another page of the site) includes a few cards in the exact same style. I noticed that they included the star's name and film company on the reverse (these don't) and confirmed that were actually part of a different set when I discovered one of the cards had the same number as a card of a different star in this set. More details on the discrepancies once I post that Photo ID Guide (which I'll link to from this page).

Dorothy Kelly - 1921 Henry Clay and BockDorothy Kelly - 1916 MJ Moriary Playing Card
Same shot of Dorothy Kelly used in this set as in 1916 MJ Moriarty Playing Card set.

Next problem with this group: dating them. The 1921 date is extremely tentative, it's really a best guess based on information from the IMDb. At first I thought it might have been an even earlier issue because of the dates given for the final films of Jewell Hunt (1917), Loretta Blake (1917, before a one-shot appearance in 1920), and especially Irene Tyner, who is only credited on the site with two film credits, both 1917. But then we have the near equally short career of Bee Monson, who appeared in three films, two from 1920, one in 1921. Gladys Walton made a single film appearance in 1908, but none again until 1920, likewise Laura La Plante made an uncredited appearance in 1919, but her career really didn't start going until 1920. Virginia Browne Faire was just fifteen or sixteen years old when she debuted in 1920. I went with 1921 since this handful of stars really only got going in 1920 and I figured the company wouldn't have waited much longer to print cards for those stars who had dropped off the landscape by 1917 (perhaps their few appearances weren't shown in Cuba until a few years later?). I also noticed several familiar photos which had been used in earlier card issues, such as Dorothy Kelly's shot, which appeared in the 1916 MJ Moriarty set, and a couple of other which were definitely familiar, but that I could not place. In conclusion, I think 1921 is likely the earliest date of issue for these cards, though it's entirely possible they were even issued a year or two later.

Following is a sample image of the reverse side of these Henry Clay and Bock Susini y Bock Ovaldos cards, plus images of the 41 cards I've handled from this set of at least 261 cards.

Sample of Reverse Side of Henry Clay and Bock Susini y Bock Ovalados Tobacco Cards
Sample of Reverse Side
Mary Anderson - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
7 - Mary Anderson
Jean Paige - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
8 - Jean Paige
Grace Valentine - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
25 - Grace Valentine
Anna Q Nilsson - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
37 - Anna Q. Nilsson
Jackie Saunders - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
40 - Jackie Saunders
Pauline Frederick - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
41 - Pauline Frederick
Billie Dove - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
48 - Billie Dove
Gladys Walton - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
50 - Gladys Walton
May McAvoy - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
54 - May McAvoy
Thomas Meighan - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
57 - Thomas Meighan
Katherine MacDonald - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
64 - Katherine MacDonald
Pola Negri - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
78 - Pola Negri
Shirley Mason - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
95 - Shirley Mason
Ruth Roland - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
98 - Ruth Roland
Marie Prevost - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
99 - Marie Prevost
Bee Monson - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
101 - Bee Monson
Agnes Ayres - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
112 - Agnes Ayres
Muriel Ostriche - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
113 - Muriel Ostriche
Constance Binney - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
124 - Constance Binney
Constance Talmadge - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
134 - Constance Talmadge
Frederick Truesdell - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
167 - Frederick Truesdell
Loretta Blake - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
179 - Loretta Blake
Edith Hallor - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
181 - Edith Hallor
Dorothy Kelly - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
185 - Dorothy Kelly
Zena Keefe - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
186 -Zena Keefe
Laura La Plante - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
189 - Laura La Plante
Rosemary Theby - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
192 - Rosemary Theby
Louise Huff - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
200 - Louise Huff
Dorothy Green - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
206 - Dorothy Green
Rhea Mitchell - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
209 - Rhea Mitchell
Olga Petrova - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
210 - Olga Petrova
Jewell Hunt - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
216 - Jewell Hunt
Virginia Browne Faire - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
223 - Virginia Browne Faire
Mary Wynne - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
225 - Mary Wynne
Florence Vidor - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
229 - Florence Vidor
Louise Emerald Bates - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
238 - Louise Emerald Bates
Elsie Janis - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
241 -Elsie Janis
Eileen Percy - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
245 - Eileen Percy
Doris Kenyon - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
249 - Doris Kenyon
Elinor Fair - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
252 - Elinor Fair
Irene Tyner - 1921 Henry Clay and Bock Tobacco Card
261 - Irene Tyner