Weight Machine Cards - Australia

Issuing Company: Various
Country of Issue: Australia
Year of Issue: 1930s
Color/B&W: B&W
Number of Cards in Set:
Card Size: 1 3/16" x 2 1/4"
Issued as insert with what product: Given out when you stepped on a weight machine scale and put in a penny to read your weight.

Notes: There were a handful of different weight machine movie card sets issued in Australia in the 1930s. They will all be covered here in this series of checklists. Weight machine sets were usually issued by many different stores, so the same fronts may contain many different backs with different store advertising. These checklists are probably not complete.

Collector Steve Flemming has been a great help with these checklists. Steve has an Australian weight card from 1883 used to advertise the "Fairbanks Weighing Machine" at the 1883 Tasmanian Juvenile & Industrial Exhibition," by far the earliest weight card I've ever seen. He has graciously sent a scan of that card and many of his Australian weight machine cards so they can be shown with this checklist.


Hal Phyfe Study

This particular set has "HAL PHYFE STUDY" written in small text on the fronts of the cards. They also say "A FOX STAR" on the fronts.

The dates I've seen printed on the cards range from September 1933 to April 1934.

These were issued by various firms with different back advertising. Back advertising seen so far (probably not complete) includes:

Faire Markets
Farr's Markets Ltd.
Fisher's
The Goodwill Stores Pty. Ltd.
J. Levenson's

Ralph Bellamy
Joan Bennett
James Dunn
Janet Gaynor
Elissa Landi
Helen Mack
Victor McLaglen
Una Merkel
George O'Brien
Cecilia Parker
Manya Roberti
Peggy Ross
Rosalie Roy
Spencer Tracy
Linda Watkins


Caption in Capital Letters

This set has the movie star name written in capital letters on the fronts of the cards.

The dates I've seen printed on the cards are from 1934.

These were issued by various firms with different back advertising. Back advertising seen so far (probably not complete) includes:

Charles Birks
J. Levenson's
Western Stores and Edgleys Ltd.

Joan Bennett
Frances Dee
James Dunn
Joan Gale
Pert Kelton
Elissa Landi
June Vlasek
Irene Ware


Caption in Upper and Lower Case Lettering

This set has the movie star name written in upper and lower case letters on the fronts of the cards. I have seen cards in this style dated from 1933 through 1938 on the fronts. This is a long date range, and there is a good chance that these cards could be from more than one set, but I'm lumping them all together in this checklist for the moment.

These were issued by various firms with different back advertising. Back advertising seen so far (probably not complete) includes:

Bayards
Farr's Markets Ltd.
Fisher's
J. Levenson's
Randwick Pharmacy
Western Stores and Edgleys Ltd.

Lew Ayres
John Barrymore
Warner Baxter
Ralph Bellamy
Marion Burns
James Dunn
Sally Eilers
Norman Foster
Joan Gale
Henri Garat
William Gargan
Janet Gaynor (looking down)
Janet Gaynor (looking up)
Minna Gombell
Ursula Jeans
Alex Kirkland (looking front)
Alex Kirkland (looking left)
Elissa Landi (looking left)
Elissa Landi (profile left)
Boots Mallory
Colleen Moore
Herbert Mundin
Marion Nixon
George O'Brien
Nell O'Day
Gene Raymond
Buddy Rogers
Genevieve Tobin
Spencer Tracy
June Vlasek
Robert Woolsey
Diana Wynyard
Loretta Young


Numbered Set

This set has a card number written in at the bottom right of the card front.

The dates I've seen printed on the cards are from 1933.

24. Renee Houston


Caption in Italics

This set has the movie star name written in italics on the fronts of the cards.

The dates I've seen printed on the cards are from 1938.

These were issued by various firms with different back advertising. Back advertising seen so far (probably not complete) includes:

Miss Sims

Joan Blondell


Picture in Oval

This set has the movie star picture in an oval on the fronts of the cards.

These were issued by various firms with different back advertising. Back advertising seen so far (probably not complete) includes:

Charles Birks
Findlays
Jakettes
E. L. Lakin
J. Levenson's
Piazza Pharmacy
Ryan Inson
O. J. Williams

Don Alvarado
Sir Gerald Du Maurier
Charlotte Francis
Jimmy Godden
Hal Gordon
Jocelyn Howarth
Bobby Howes
Grant Lyndsay
Ben Lyon
Marian Marsh
Grata Nisson
Harry Tate
Hugh Wakefield
John Warwick


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