Arcade Playing Cards, Circa 1920s, Featuring Western Actors and Cowboys


These cards are known as arcade cards, based upon the place in which they were sold. In the 1920s, people frequented the movies, bars, arcades, and boardwalks, seeking entertainment other than radio and the printed word. These cards were dispensed from perhaps a fortune telling, prize or guess your weight machine. At their inception, these cards were sold for a penny a piece, and my guess is that they came in a strip or card to be cut up as evidenced by the rough edges on some.

There are 21 cards and some have condition issues in the way of bends and creases, shown in the next to last photo. Do let me know if you require more photos as I'll be happy to oblige.

The men and one woman are actors, mostly from Westerns in the 1920s. All were born in the late 1800s. The card sizes vary from 2 15/16" x 1 ⅝" to 2 ⅞" x 1 ⅝" to 2 ⅝" x 1 ⅝". I believe the size variation is owing to the fact that these were cut up rather haphazardly.

The cards in this sale are:

Yakima Canutt, Fred Gilman, Will Rogers, Lola Todd, Ben Corbett, Pee Wee Holmes, Ken Maynard, Roy Stewart, Fred Humes, Jack Perrin, Ricardo Cortez, Rex Lease (2), Wally Wales, Uni. Cow Boy (Presumably representative of the universal cowboy.), Jack Holt, Buddy Roosevelt, Fred Thomson, Billy Sullivan, Leo Maloney, and Ronald Colman.

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