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Issuing Company: Prima Mercantil S.A.
Country of Issue: Spain
Year of Issue: early 1930s
Color/B&W: B&W
Number of Cards in Set: 350 (50 large cards and 300 small cards)
Card Size: small cards: 2" x 3 1/2"; large cards: 3" x 4"; album 15 1/2" by 11 3/4"
Issued as insert with what product:

Notes: An album was issued with this set. Each page is devoted to one movie star, with one large card and 6 small cards showing film scenes. The cards are numbered on the back in a somewhat odd way. For the large cards, the number of the star is on the back. For the small cards of the same star, these cards also contain the same number as the large card, but also add a subnumber from 1 to 6 called Gesto 1, Gesto 2, etc. For example, Roberto Rey's large card is number 50 and his small cards are 50 Gesto 1, 50 Gesto 2, to 50 Gesto 6.

There are 62 pages in the album and 50 pages are dedicated to the 50 different stars. The album itself is hard covered, huge, and heavy. Since there are 50 stars with 7 cards for each star, there are 350 cards in this set.

The checklist below shows only the main number for each star, but remember that there are an additional 6 subnumbered cards for each star, making 7 cards for each star. The small cards from this set shows film scenes, so many cards also show the main star with other unidentified actors, including some big name actors. For example, Buster Keaton appears on at least one of the Conchita Montenegro cards, many of the Jackie Cooper cards show other child actors, etc.

Date info: The earliest date this can be from is 1930 since the Conchita Montenegro cards with several of Buster Keaton are from a 1930 film "De Frente Marchen".

Thanks to Amit Benyovits for helping with this checklist.

1. Mary Pickford
2. Charles Chaplin
3. Conchita Montenegro
4. William Haines
5. Mary Brian
6. Harold Lloyd
7. Joan Crawford
8. Adolphe Menjou
9. Janet Gaynor
10. John Gilbert
11. Claudette Colbert
12. Charles Rogers
13. Marlene Dietrich
14. Ramon Novarro
15. Dorothy Mackail
16. Jack Oakie
17. Sylvia Sydney
18. George Bancroft
19. Norma Shearer
20. Buster Keaton
21. Gloria Swanson
22. William Powell
23. Nancy Carroll
24. Jose Crespo
25. Clara Bow
26. Conrad Nagel
27. Loretta Young
28. Maurice Chevalier
29. Irene Rich
30. John Barrymore
31. Rosita Moreno
32. Richard Barthelmess
33. Imperio Argentina
34. William Collier
35. Dolores Del Rio
36. Antonio Moreno
37. Lilian Harvey
38. Douglas Fairbanks
39. Bebe Daniels
40. Ronald Colman
41. May MacAvoy
42. Jackie Cooper
43. Jeanette MacDonald
44. Tony d'Algy
45. Greta Garbo
46. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (hijo)
47. Dolores Costello
48. Gary Cooper
49. Myrna Loy
50. Roberto Rey

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