Issuing Company: Kashin Publications N.Y.|
Country of Issue: USA
Year of Issue: 1920s
Number of Cards in Set: at least 101 + variations (unnumbered)
Card Size: 3 3/8" x 4 1/2"
Issued as insert with what product: Sold as boxed set
Notes: Blank-backed. There were four different boxed sets of 24 movie star cards issued by Kashin, each set coming in a different colored box. The boxes were colored orange, blue, coral, and canary, and the checklist of stars contained in each box was printed on the back.
There are two cards listed on the boxes that do not appear to be in the set. These are Lillian Rich and Ruth Patterson. The Lillian Rich on the box was apparently supposed to be Lillian Roth, who is in the set but is not listed on the box. The Ruth Patterson card which does not exist was apparently replaced by Harold Lloyd, who is in the set. Later versions of the boxes show Lillian Roth replacing Lillian Rich and Harold Lloyd replacing Ruth Patterson.
There are at least five more stars not listed on the boxes that are in the set, including Jeanette MacDonald, George O'Brien, Nick Stuart, Lupe Velez, and Wheezer (misspelled Weezer on card). It is possible there may be other cards not reported yet.
This set is a bit complicated as there are many variations that can be found for this set. It looks like it is possible that every card may have a variation. Most of these variations are minor, like the autograph being found in black or white, but some of the variations involve a different picture. Stars found with more than one picture include Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, Mary Ann Jackson, Colleen Moore, and Charles "Buddy" Rogers. It is possible there may be others with multiple pictures.
Thanks to Dan Calandriello, Mike Aronstein, and Bill Humphries for helping with this checklist.
John Mack Brown
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Mary Ann Jackson
Laura La Plante
Rita Le Roy
Jeanette MacDonald (not listed on box backs)
George O'Brien (not listed on box backs)
Katherine Dale Owen
Nick Stuart (not listed on box backs)
Lupe Velez (not listed on box backs)
Weezer (Wheezer) (not listed on box backs)
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