Laurie Stevens M.G.M. Stars

Issuing Company: Laurie Stevens
Country of Issue: South Africa
Year of Issue: early 1950s
Color/B&W: B&W
Number of Cards in Set: 48
Card Size:
Issued as insert with what product:

Notes: Checklist incomplete. The backs give the address being 191 Juppe Street. Johannesburg. According to collector Richard Minns, "Laurie (Lawrence) Stevens was a boxer born in Johannesburg who owned a factory and sports shop after the Second World War. I'm not entirely sure of the connection but I assume these were manufactured and sold here."

Numbers 1-24 can be found with both 'Series of 24' and 'Series of 48' on the backs. Presumably these were issued in two halves.

Date info: The last film credit for Butch Jenkins was in 1948. Amanda Blake's first film credit was in 1950, though her roles probably didn't make her worthy of a movie star card until a couple years after that. There is some brief biographical text on the backs, so a study of the back text might pin down the date a little closer.

Thanks to Richard Minns for helping with this checklist.

1. June Allyson
7. "Butch" Jenkins
9. Van Johnson
16. Walter Pidgeon
28. John Hodiak
29. Mickey Rooney
30. Fred Astaire
34. Gene Kelly
36. Keenan Wynn
42. Amanda Blake
48. Red Skelton

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