Issuing Company: Peerless|
Country of Issue: USA
Year of Issue: 1950s
Number of Cards in Set: 40 (unnumbered)
Card Size: 1 1/8" x 2 3/8"
Issued as insert with what product: Came out of coin-operated weight machines
Notes: These cards can be identified by the following characteristics - they are in color, there is a solid background behind the star and the identifying text is in a block at the bottom of the front. On the back, these cards contain a fortune on one side, "Collect Engrav-o-tints" or the name of the issuer on the other, and a space for a weight printout in the middle. There is a copyright line on the back that ends with Litho U.S.A.
Exact year of issue not known. I have seen one of these cards with a penned-in date of 1954, so they must have been issued in that year or earlier. The 1954 card I saw was in a group of cards from the Peerless Cloudy (Studio in Print) set. The cards from that set contained dates of 1952 and 1953, with the lone Color series card containing a date of 1954. This could indicate the time period when the weight scales switched from the Studio in Print set to the Color set. It is also possible that the store that sold the cards was just using up their supply of the Studio in Print cards before switching over to the Color series, meaning the Color series could have been issued earlier than this.
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