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Arcade, Trading or Exhibit Cards

 


From the 1940s to the late 1960s, you could find exhibit cards in vending machines in arcades, boardwalks, etc. They featured the most popular athletes, cowboys, movie and TV stars. A copy of the performer's signature was prominent. While most cards were black & white, some were tinted in brown, green or pink. They measured approximately 3 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches.  Some had 4 photos on one card, others only one.

 

  

 Vintage Card Vending Machine From The Exhibit Supply Co. Chicago Pat. D. 4-21-25

Pictures of Roy Rogers & Bob Nolan in the display glass.  

 

   

A single 3 1/2 by 5 1/2 arcade card featuring 4 Western stars: Jack Ingram, Fred Gilman, Bob Nolan, & Leo Maloney. 

 

 

A single 3 1/2 by 5 1/2 exhibit or trading card.

(Calin Coburn Collections 2004)

 

 

 Other

Selectograph No. 5

(Calin Coburn Collections 2004)

 

Not vending cards, Selectograph 8 x 10 sheets were sample sheets for ordering full sized photos of the thumbnails on the page. This one contains 32 sepia prints of B-Western actors. Address reads Stewart-Croxton Studios, 1408 Westwood Blvd., West Los Angeles 24, CA.