cards were first created by the Exhibit Supply Company of
Chicago, IL, in 1901 and ended in 1981. The cards were 3
3/8"x 5" and featured promotional
photos of movie stars, prize fighters, baseball players,
and cowboy-western stars. They were first printed in black
& white (as seen above) and finally in color lithography
(as seen seen here).
click to see an arcade machine marquee sign
to Norumbega Park in Waltham, MA started my collection of arcade cards. The
park had a small roller coaster and a giant rotary swing
with rocket planes you took rides in. The big excitement
for me was the small arcade with its magical machines. Clutching
a few pennies I had saved, I would make a dash for one of
the arcade machines. The machine was like a box on legs
with a marquee
sign on top that said Put one cent in slot, Push
slide in-then pull out slowly and receive card. Excited
I inserted my penny, pushed the plunger and out came a gray
cardboard card. There in a black and white photo was The
Lone Ranger from the movie serial of 1938!
a treasure! It was pure luck not to get a duplicate. I
could add this one to my collection. I got three more
cards but they were not ones I wanted. I would save them
to trade with my friends. When I got home my new cards
were added to others in a cigar box. Quite often I would
take the Lone Ranger cards out and with my imagination
at full speed ride with the masked man on his adventures.
Enjoy looking at the cards and I hope you have some of
the same excitement I had.
see also my collection of color
lithography arcade cards <