Anon Biscuit Style - B&W, Numbered, Studio in Text Frame, Borderless

Issuing Company: Anonymous
Country of Issue: Belgium
Year of Issue: 1949
Color/B&W: B&W
Number of Cards in Set: 48 + at least 12 variations
Card Size: 1 1/16" x 2"
Issued as insert with what product:

Note: There are no company markings on these cards, but they were issued by De Beukelaer. A De Beukelaer album exists for this set.

The study of old trading cards is interesting because just when you think you are finished with a checklist, new information comes to light to change things around. I thought I had a complete checklist of this set, but new information from Richard Minns shows that there are a bunch of variation cards in this set. Richard's group of these cards are mostly the same as my original checklist, but his group contains 12 variation cards, all with either Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio captions or no studio caption. It appears that at some point during the release of this set, the MGM cards were substituted in or out of the set for some unknown reason. I will list Richard's variation cards with a b. in the checklist below so everyone can see which variation belongs with which group.

Date info: The album helps pinpoint the date of issue for this set. In the album, there is text for each of the stars, including mention of their most recent films. Most of the most recent films listed for the stars came out in 1948, though at least one came out in January of 1949. I'm placing a 1949 date on this set.

Thanks to Piet Gooijaers for providing the names to finish this checklist and to Richard Minns for providing the information about the variations in this set.

1. Cary Grant
2. Lilli Palmer
3a. Peggy Cummins
3b. Esther Williams
4a. Sir Laurence Olivier
4b. Frank Sinatra
5. Jean Simmons
6. Barbara Stanwyck
7. Trevor Howard
8a. Maria Montez
8b. Hedy Lamarr
9a. Merle Oberon
9b. June Allyson
10. Dick Powell
11a. Douglas Fairbanks Jun.
11b. Margaret O'Brien
12. Joan Fontaine
13a. Valerie Hobson
13b. Robert Walker
14. Ginger Rogers
15. Yvonne De Carlo
16. Anton Walbrook
17a. Deanna Durbin
17b. Katharine Hepburn
18. Mai Zetterling
19. Claude Rains
20. Ann Blyth
21. Edwige Feuillere & Stewart Granger
22. Dana Andrews
23. Vivien Leigh
24. Claudette Colbert
25. David Niven
26. Patricia Roc
27a. John Mills
27b. Elizabeth Taylor
28a. Gregory Peck
28b. Fred Astaire
29. Margaret Lockwood
30. Joan Leslie
31. Dan Duryea
32. Joan Caulfield
33. Edwige Feuillere
34. Robert Montgomery
35. Linden Travers
36. Betty Grable
37. Marius Goring
38. Ann Todd
39a. Dorothy Hart
39b. Lana Turner
40. Derek Bond
41a. Joan Bennett
41b. Greer Garson
42. Fredric March
43. Moira Shearer
44a. James Mason
44b. Van Johnson
45. Ingrid Bergman
46. Don Ameche
47a. Marta Toren
47b. Judy Garland
48. Stewart Granger

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