Distinguished Players (Various Theatres)

Issuing Company:
Country of Issue: USA
Year of Issue: 1916-1922
Color/B&W: B&W
Number of Cards in Set:
Card Size: 2" x 3 3/8"
Issued as insert with what product: Cards given out to patrons of various movie theatres.

Notes: Checklist incomplete. Unnumbered.

Many theatres participated in this promotion. Each theatre had their own advertising on the backs of these cards. For some of these theatres, on the backs of the cards there is a line at the bottom with the words "Distinguished Players in Selected Photoplays Always at" with the theatre name beneath. Known theatres that issued these cards include the following:

These cards were also given out for other promotions, including the following:

It is unlikely that all cards in the set were available at each theatre or promotion for these cards. It is much more likely that a subset of these cards were available for each of these theatres or promotions. It is also unknown how long this promotion lasted. It may have gone on for several years with different cards added or subtracted to the set for individual promotions. Dates on the backs of some of the cards indicate 1916 and 1917, so the promotion was definitely going during those two years.

For the Huber Bread version of these cards, there were some variations in the placement or color of the name text. Some of the more obvious variations included the cards for Ethel Clayton, Marjorie Daw, Margarita Fischer, Jane Gail, W. S. Hart, Mae Marsh (picture shifted a bit on this card too), and Violet Mersereau but there are probably others as well.

For the Koester Bread version of these cards, there were also some variations in the placement or color of the name text. Some of the more obvious variations included Ella Hall, Robert Harron, and Earle Williams but there are probably others as well.

Date info: The Elite Theatre cards show movies and dates on the back which dates those cards to 1916. The Selby Theatre cards also contain dates which date those cards to 1916. A Grand and Jackson Theatres card contains dates which date those cards to 1917. Florence LaBadie died in 1917. A newspaper ad for the Huber's Bread Movie Card promotion dates that giveaway as starting on January 3, 1922. So these cards were being given out in various promotions with some different cards swapped out from 1916 through 1922.

Thanks to Bob Richardson, Gary May, Rhett Yeakley, and Jeff Forteza for help with this checklist.

May Allison
Mary Anderson
Mignon Anderson
Roscoe Arbuckle
Edwin August
Leah Baird
Theda Bara
Bessie Barriscale
Harry Benham
Enid Bennett
Dorothy Bernard
Carlyle Blackwell
Holbrook Blinn
Mary Boland
Frank Borzage
Hobart Bosworth
Irene Boyle
Alice Brady
Edmund Breese
John E. Brennan
Lottie Briscoe
Pauline Bush
Francis X. Bushman
Dolores Cassinelli
Charles Chaplin
Mary Charleson
Marguerite Clark
Ethel Clayton
William Clifford
Dolores Costello
Helen Costello
Maurice Costello
Marguerite Courtot
James Cruze
Grace Cunard
Viola Dana
Mona Darkfeather
Dorothy Davenport
Mildred Davis
Marjorie Daw
Mr. and Mrs. Carter de Haven
Dorothy Donnelly
Sidney Drew
Mrs. Sidney Drew
Bud Duncan
Edward Earle
Grace Eline
Douglas Fairbanks
Madeleine & Marion Fairbanks
Dustin Farnum
William Farnum
Geraldine Farrar
Louise Fazenda
Maude Fealy
Irene Fenwick
Romaine Fielding
Flora Finch
Margarita Fischer
Francis Ford
Harrison Ford
Victoria Forde
Alan Forrest
William Franey
Pauline Frederick
Mary Fuller
Jane Gail
Ray Gallagher
William Garwood
Maude George
Billy Gettinger
Margret Gibson
Dorothy Gish
Lillian Gish
Harris Gordon
Kitty Gordon
Ethel Grandin
Florence Hackett
Creighton Hale
Ella Hall
Lloyd V. Hamilton
Miss Alma Hanlon
Robert E. Harron
W. S. Hart
Carey L. Hastings
Ormi Hawley
Wanda Hawley
Martha Hedman
John Hines
Alice Hollister
Helen Holmes
Stuart Holmes
Allen Holubar
Mae Hotely
Alice Howell
Louise Huff
Gladys Hulette
Irene Hunt
Elsie Janis
Arthur V. Johnson
J. W. Johnston
Edgar Jones
Madge Kennedy
Jack W. Kerrigan
Virginia Kirtley
Florence LaBadie
George Larkin
Lila Lee
Robert Leonard
Helen Leslie
Louise Lester
Katharine Lewis
Harold Lloyd
Harold A Lockwood
Lillian Lorraine
Anne Luther
Eddie Lyons
Marc MacDermott
Hughie Mack
Elsie MacLeod
Cleo Madison
Edna Maison
Mae Marsh
Vivian Martin
Gertrude McCoy
Claire McDowell
Violet Mersereau
Harry Millarde
Mary Miles Minter
Matthew Moore
Lee Moran
Harry T. Morey
Mae Murray
Harry C. Myers
Miriam Nesbitt
Marie Newton
Mabel Normand
Jane Novak
Charles Ogle
Muriel Ostriche
Alfred Paget
Paul Panzer
Doris Pawn
Edna Payne
Augustus Phillips
Dorothy Phillips
Harry Pollard
Eddie Polo
Vivian Prescott
Arline Pretty
Billy Quirk
Marjorie Rambeau
Herbert Rawlinson
Charles Ray
Wallace Reid
Billie Rhodes
Vivian Rich
Cleo Ridgely
Blanche Ring
Billie Ritchie
Gertrude Robinson
Ruth Roland
Alma Rubens
Mary Ruby
William F. Russell
Marin Sais
Jackie Saunders
Betty Schade
Gertrude Selby
Vera Sisson
Phillips Smalley
Marguerite Snow
Myrtle Stedman
Ford Sterling
Anita Stewart
Ruth Stonehouse
Edith Storey
Gloria Swanson
Blanche Sweet
Mabel Taliaferro
Constance Talmadge
Norma Talmadge
Rosemary Theby
Mabel Trunnelle
Wally Van
Agnes Vernon
Harry Von Meter
Marie Walcamp
Charlotte Walker
Lillian Walker
Henry B. Walthall
Fannie Ward
Lule Warrenton
Bryant Washburn
Lois Weber
Pearl White
Velma Whitman
Crane Wilbur
Earle Williams
Ben Wilson
Helen Wolcott
Clara Kimball Young (hat)
Clara Kimball Young (no hat)
Lucille Younge

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