Fry Film Stars

Issuing Company: J. S. Fry & Sons
Country of Issue: England, Peru
Year of Issue: late 1930s
Color/B&W: Color
Number of Cards in Set: 48
Card Size:
Issued as insert with what product: Confectionery Products

Note: This set has the same design as the Godfrey Phillips Film Stars set, but the cards are different between the two sets.

Some interesting information has been provided by Richard Minns for this issue as follows:

Cards issued with gummed backs to be stuck onto the promotional sheet on the back of which is a chocolate advert. These may have been a British and overseas issue from the stamp on the sheet.

This seems to have been some sort of offer. The sheet I have has been officially stamped over the cards at the corners - presumably to show the offer has been claimed. Interestingly there are two missing cards which have been partially stamped over which suggests the sender didn't complete the set but still claimed and was given a prize. The stamp reads 'G. Berckemeyers & Co, S.A, Lima,' which suggests this set was issued in Peru.

Date info: Greg Graetz reports that he has been studying the backs with their references to movie titles, and the most recent one he has noted is on the back of the Jeanette MacDonald card, which mentions the film "Maytime," a 1937 release. So this set must have been issued in 1937 at earliest, and probably was issued in around 1937 or 1938.

Thanks to Richard Minns and Greg Graetz for helping with this checklist.


1. Sally Eilers
2. Maureen O'Sullivan
3. Ida Lupino
4. Mae West
5. Myrna Loy
6. Janet Gaynor
7. Maurice Chevalier
8. Anna Sten
9. Lewis Stone
10. Richard Tauber
11. Katharine Hepburn
12. Robert Montgomery
13. Clive Brook
14. Gary Cooper
15. Richard Arlen
16. Marlene Dietrich
17. Jeanette MacDonald
18. Herbert Marshall
19. Bing Crosby
20. Jackie Cooper
21. George Arliss
22. Joan Blondell
23. Jean Harlow
24. Baby LeRoy
25. Lupe Velez
26. Eddie Cantor
27. Madeleine Carroll
28. Adolphe Menjou
29. Fay Wray
30. Zelma O'Neal
31. Claudette Colbert
32. Madge Evans
33. Carl Brisson
34. Fredric March
35. Margaret Sullavan
36. Greta Garbo
37. Wallace Beery
38. Clark Gable
39. Robert Armstrong
40. Carole Lombard (with dog)
41. Leslie Howard
42. Wendy Barrie
43. William Powell
44. Constance Bennett
45. Nancy Carroll
46. Norma Shearer
47. Heather Angel
48. Marion Davies


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