Tobacco Products Corp. Film Stars (Large) (C142-3 Strollers Canada)

Issuing Company: Tobacco Products Corp.
Country of Issue: Canada
Year of Issue: 1920s
Color/B&W: B&W
Number of Cards in Set:
Card Size: 2 1/2" x 3 5/16"
Issued as insert with what product: Cigarettes

Notes: Checklist Incomplete. These cards have an ad for Strollers cigarettes on the back. These cards are related to the T-83 Egyptian Prettiest set, with mostly the same pictures with different card numbering, though there are some different subjects.

The American Card Catolog number for this set is C142-3.

The backs mention a mail-in offer album to hold the cards. Cost of the album was 20 cents in stamps.

Card #19 Wallace Reid appears to have been replaced by card #19 of Wesley Barry following Reid's death in early 1923. Reid's death was shocking to the public, since it was drug and alcohol-related, and his condition had not been previously disclosed.

This set appears to have been issued and reissued at least 4 times, and quite possibly more than that. Four different backs have been seen, as follows:

It is interesting that four different addresses are given for the four back types seen. Some speculation about what that could mean - it could be that these sets were issued over a number of years and the company moved a lot, or it could mean that the address on the back was simply changed for the mail-in offers.

Series 3 and Series 5 do not show different groups of cards, they are mostly a reissue of the original set, with some additions and changes.

For the set with no series designation on Cathcart Street, only numbers from 1-45 have been seen. This was probably the original series of these cards. It is likely that those are all the cards that can be found with that series. The other cards were probably added later.

For Series 3 on Craig Street and the Series 3 on Atlantic Avenue, cards from the number 1-45 group have been seen, along with cards from the Mack Sennett group of numbers from 31-53.

For Series 5 from Hamilton Ontario, I have only seen an unnumbered Helene Chadwick card so far. My guess is that the other unnumbered cards on the following checklist can also be found for this series, along with the unnumbered Mack Sennett actresses. Probably most of the original cards numbered 1-45 can also be found in unnumbered versions in this series, except for a few that were probably replaced by other cards.

The back of Series 5 is interesting from another standpoint. The mail-in offer for the album has been replaced by a mail-in offer for large 6 1/2" x 9 1/2" hand-colored photographs for some of the movie stars in the set. These were only available for card numbers 35, 37, 38, 45, 43A, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53. The one card I have seen from this series didn't even have a number, so if all of the cards from this series are unnumbered, it would have been hard for someone who wanted to order one of these large cards to know what they were getting. Also, even if those cards from the series can be found with numbers, a customer would have had to get those numbers before ordering to know what movie star they would be getting. The number sequence for these mail-in cards is also interesting. The numbers start at 35 and go up to 45 before going back to 43A. This probably indicates that the first four numbers were for cards in the original 1-45 set. 43A probably indicates the Mack Sennett photo rather than Tom Mix, though both were simply numbered 43 and neither were numbered 43A. I haven't seen any of these large photos, but would be very interested in seeing any if someone can email any scanned images they have of these large cards.

It is very possible that there are additional backs that I haven't seen yet, as there are obvious gaps for Series 2 and Series 4. I would appreciated it if anybody that has these cards could send me info on the cards they have and scans of any additional backs for this set.

For the unidentified Mack Sennett actress cards, Mack Sennett expert Harry Garvin has graciously provided the identifications listed. Mr. Garvin works at the Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study and has access to many old photos which help to identify these stars. Only some of these Mack Sennett cards have been identified because I haven't seen the others yet. If anyone has any of the other cards, please email me a scan of them and I will try to get those identified, too.


Master Checklist for this set (this covers all cards over all series)

1. William S. Hart
2. Anita Stewart
3. Geraldine Farrar
4. May Allison
5. Will Rogers
6. Pearl White
7. Jackie Coogan
8. Dorothy Dalton
9. Tom Moore
10. Theodore Roberts
11. Thomas Meighan
12. Bessie Barriscale
13. George Beban
14. Kathlyn Williams
15. Mabel Normand
16. Colleen Moore
17. Rudolph Valentino
18. Priscilla Dean
19. Wallace Reid
20. Pauline Frederick
21. Irene Castle
22. Bert Lytell
23. Marshall Neilan
24. Herbert Rawlinson
25. Pola Negri
26. Jack Holt
27. Marie Prevost
28. Viola Dana
29. Agnes Ayres
30. William Farnum
31. Clara Kimball Young
32. Art Accord
33. Betty Compson
34. Helene Chadwick
35. Dustin Farnum
36. Doris Kenyan
37. Hope Hampton
38. Gloria Swanson
39. Frank May
40. Charlie Chaplin
41. Harold Lloyd
42. Anna Q. Nillson
43. Tom Mix
44. Alla Nazimova
45. Ben Turpin

Additional Unnumbered Cards - Not found in Numbered Set

The following cards have been reported only as unnumbered cards with no corresponding numbered cards reported.

Baby Peggy
Mabel Ballin "M.B.S.C. Co."
Mildred Davis "M.B.S.C. Co."
Jack W. Kerrigan
Harry "Snub" Pollard

Mack Sennett Actresses (numbered but unidentified)

19. Wesley Barry "M.B.S.C."
31. Inscribed "M.B.S.C. Co."
32. Inscribed "M.B.S.C. Co."
33. Inscribed "M.B.S.C. Co."
34. Inscribed "M.B.S.C. Co."
35. Inscribed "M.B.S.C. Co."
36. Inscribed "Mack Sennett Comedies" (Marie Prevost)
37. Inscribed "Mack Sennett Comedies" (Marie Prevost)
38. Inscribed "Mack Sennett Comedies" (Marie Prevost)
39. Inscribed "Mack Sennett Comedies" (Lois Boyd)
40. Inscribed "Mack Sennett" (Phyllis Haver)
41. Inscribed "Mack Sennett"
42. Inscribed "Mack Sennett"
43. Inscribed "Mack Sennett"
44. Inscribed "Mack Sennett" (Phyllis Haver)
45. Inscribed "Mack Sennett" (Jane Allen)
46. Inscribed "Mack Sennett" (Harriett Hammond)
47. Inscribed "Mack Sennett" (Harriett Hammond)
48. Inscribed "Mack Sennett" (Harriett Hammond)
49. Inscribed "Mack Sennett"
50. Inscribed "Mack Sennett" (Mildred June)
51. Inscribed "Mack Sennett Comedies"
52. Inscribed "Mack Sennett Comedies"
53. Inscribed "Mack Sennett Comedies"

Unnumbered Mack Sennett Actresses

Reported only in Canadian Version so far (these are probably available in American versions, too, they are just not confirmed):


Checklists Showing Cards Actually Seen for Each Series

No Series designation, 38 Cathcart Street, Montreal

2. Anita Stewart
7. Jackie Coogan
11. Thomas Meighan
12. Bessie Barriscale
22. Bert Lytell
26. Jack Holt
28. Viola Dana
30. William Farnum
32. Art Acord
36. Doris Kenyon
41. Harold Lloyd
42. Anna Q. Nillson
43. Tom Mix
44. Alla Nazimova

SERIES NO. 3, 240 Craig St. East, Montreal, Canada

6. Pearl White
13. George Beban
20. Pauline Frederick
21. Irene Castle
24. Herbert Rawlinson
31. Inscribed "M.B.S.C. Co."
32. Inscribed "M.B.S.C. Co."
36. Inscribed "Mack Sennett Comedies"
37. Inscribed "Mack Sennett Comedies"
39. Inscribed "Mack Sennett Comedies"
40. Inscribed "Mack Sennett"
47. Inscribed "Mack Sennett"
48. Inscribed "Mack Sennett"
50. Inscribed "Mack Sennett"

SERIES NO. 3, 300 Atlantic Ave, Montreal

1. William S. Hart
4. May Allison
16. Colleen Moore
25. Pola Negri
34. Inscribed "M.B.S.C. Co."
38. Inscribed "Mack Sennett Comedies"
44. Inscribed "Mack Sennett"
45. Inscribed "Mack Sennett"
46. Inscribed "Mack Sennett"

Series No. 5, HAMILTON, ONT.

Helene Chadwick


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