Koester's Movie Actor Photos

Issuing Company: Koester
Country of Issue: USA
Year of Issue: 1910s
Color/B&W: B&W
Number of Cards in Set:
Card Size: 2" x 3 3/4"
Issued as insert with what product: Bread

Notes: Checklist probably incomplete. Unnumbered. A Koester Movie Star Album exists. This set was assigned the American Card Catalog number of D1.

These can be found with backs saying "Koester's Tosty Bread or "Koester's Honey and Tosty Bread." There is also another back version that states "Handsome Albums FREE Return 25 of these portraits to your grocer or to our office and we will give you, absolutely free, a handsome ALBUM to hold the entire collection of 100 photographs. KOESTER'S HONEY BREAD AT ALL GROCERS."

The backs of the Koester's cards state that there are 100 cards in the set, but more than 100 different Koester's cards have been seen. Since there are at least three different back designs in this set, it is possible that there were only 100 cards for a particular back design, as I don't yet have a handle on exactly how many cards can be found with each particular back design.

The cards used for this set contain the same fronts as those used in the Distinguished Players group (listed in the Theatre Sets section). There are well over 100 different cards in the Distinguished Players group of cards. At this point in time, it looks like there are cards that may be unique to the Koester's set and many cards from the Distinguished Players group that were not used in the Koester's set. But it is certain that these cards all came from the same source, and can be considered one large group of cards, much like the T206 baseball set was issued with many different brands of cigarettes with differences in which particular cards can be found with a particular brand.

Koester's cards are usually found with a borderless design. There are some Koester's cards that have been seen with a white border around the cards. There is also an unusual card of Edna Payne that shows a number 121 on the front along with the text "Ever Yours Edna Payne" in unique font style.

Thanks to Todd Riley for helping with this checklist.

All Cards with Koester's Backs

May Allison
Mary Anderson
Roscoe Arbuckle
Edwin August
Leah Baird
Theda Bara
Bessie Barriscale
Harry Benham
Dorothy Bernard
Carlyle Blackwell
Holbrook Blinn
Mary Boland
Frank Borzage
Hobart Bosworth
Irene Boyle
Alice Brady
John E. Brennan
Lottie Briscoe
Pauline Bush
Francis X. Bushman
Mary Charleson
Marguerite Clark
Ethel Clayton
Dolores Costello
Marguerite Courtot
James Cruze
Grace Cunard
Viola Dana
Mona Darkfeather
Dorothy Davenport
Marjorie Daw
Mr. and Mrs. Carter De Haven
Sidney Drew
Mrs. Sidney Drew
Bud Duncan
Edward Earle
Grace Eline
Madeleine & Marion Fairbanks
Dustin Farnum
William Farnum
Louise Fazenda
Maude Fealy
Irene Fenwick
Margarita Fischer
Francis Ford
Alan Forrest
Mary Fuller
Jane Gail
Ray Gallagher
William Garwood
Margret Gibson
Dorothy Gish
Lillian Gish
Harris Gordon
Kitty Gordon
Florence Hackett
Ella Hall
Lloyd V. Hamilton
Miss Alma Hanlon
Robert Harron
W. S. Hart
Martha Hedman
Helen Holmes
Stuart Holmes
Mae Hotely
Alice Howell
Louise Huff
Gladys Hulette
Irene Hunt
Elsie Janis
J. W. Johnston
Edgar Jones
Jack W. Kerrigan
Virginia Kirtley
George Larkin
Robert Leonard
Helen Leslie
Louise Lester
Katharine Lewis
Harold Lockwood
Eddie Lyons
Marc MacDermott
Hughie Mack
Elsie MacLeod
Cleo Madison
Edna Maison
Mae Marsh
Vivian Martin
Gertrude McCoy
Claire McDowell
Violet Mersereau
Harry Millarde
Mary Miles Minter
Matthew Moore
Lee Moran
Mae Murray
Harry C. Myers
Miriam Nesbitt
Marie Newton
Mabel Normand
Jane Novak
George Ogle
Edna Payne
Augustus Phillips
Dorothy Phillips
Billy Quirk
Herbert Rawlinson
Charles Ray
Wallace Reid
Billie Rhodes
Vivian Rich
Blanche Ring
Billie Ritchie
Gertrude Robinson
Ruth Roland
Mary Ruby
Marin Sais
Jackie Saunders
Betty Schade
Gertrude Selby
Marguerite Snow
Ford Sterling
Anita Stewart
Ruth Stonehouse
Edith Storey
Gloria Swanson
Blanche Sweet
Mabel Taliaferro
Constance Talmadge
Norma Talmadge
Rosemary Theby
Agnes Vernon
Marie Walcamp
Charlotte Walker
Lillian Walker
Henry B. Walthall
Fanny Ward
Bryant Washburn
Lois Weber
Pearl White
Velma Whitman
Crane Wilbur
Earle Williams
Ben Wilson
Clara Kimball Young
Lucille Younge

Koester's Tosty Bread Backs

Roscoe Arbuckle
Mary Boland
Mr. and Mrs. Carter De Haven
William Farnum
Maude Fealy
Margret Gibson
Lillian Gish
W. S. Hart
Gladys Hulette
Helen Leslie
Marc MacDermott
Violet Mersereau
Mabel Normand
Gertrude Robinson
Marin Sais
Ruth Stonehouse
Blanche Sweet
Mabel Taliaferro
Velma Whitman
Crane Wilbur
Earle Williams

Koester's Honey and Tosty Bread Backs

Mary Boland
Ethel Clayton
Viola Dana
Pearl White

Backs stating "Handsome Albums FREE Return 25 of these portraits to your grocer or to our office and we will give you, absolutely free, a handsome ALBUM to hold the entire collection of 100 photographs. KOESTER'S HONEY BREAD AT ALL GROCERS"

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