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During the 1950s and 1960s, Exhibit Supply Co.'s arcade card vending machines were immediately recognizable by the placards mounted on their fronts. Each of those displays showcased samples of the machine's contents, in the form of several picture images that looked just like the enticing collectibles being sold from that particular device. This amazing hoard contains more than 17,000 of those card-sized and blank-backed, single-depiction advertising pieces. These items—never actually distributed to consumers and thus much scarcer than the cards, themselves—carry the same photo designs that graced selected series of Exhibit cards, but they're printed on semi-gloss paper stock. The mammoth, offered cache represents the now-liquidated company's reserve supply of the eye-catchers, and it's an incomparable trove of appealing images. The sheer quantity of the pieces precludes precise cataloging of the lot, but an overview by category reveals: Pin-Ups (5,800+) including Bikini Bathers, Show Girls and New Mannequins; Movies/Music (4,200+) w/Then & Now, Art Studio Models and recording artists, featuring many Beatles photos and at least a few, apiece, of such individual stars as Bogart, Monroe, Gardner and Sinatra; Cowboys (4,900+) w/Boyd, Wayne and literally hundreds of Roy Rogers and Gene Autry depictions; Cars (2,300+) w/sports and custom automobile photos. Although unsorted, about half of the items are collated or sleeved in sections, by topic. Given the immense magnitude of the hoard's content, it's likely that some complete sets of various unnumbered subjects can be constructed (although this is not guaranteed). The pieces were factory-cut to fit different sizes of machine-fronts, with most measuring 3-1/8" x 5-1/8" or 3-3/8" x 5-3/8"; generally uncirculated, EX to NM or finer condition with a reasonable proportion of the delicate items showing packing/storage faults. Please note: Due to the size and/or weight of this lot, the cost of shipping may be substantial.
1950s-1960s Exhibit Supply Co. Machine-Front Display Images Hoard (17,000+ Items!)
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