Distinguished Players (Various Theatres)

Issuing Company:
Country of Issue: USA
Year of Issue: 1916
Color/B&W: B&W
Number of Cards in Set:
Card Size: 2" x 3 3/8"
Issued as insert with what product: Cards given out to patrons of various movie theatres.

Notes: Checklist incomplete. Unnumbered.

Many theatres participated in this promotion. Each theatre had their own advertising on the backs of these cards. For some of these theatres, on the backs of the cards there is a line at the bottom with the words "Distinguished Players in Selected Photoplays Always at" with the theatre name beneath. Known theatres that issued these cards include the following:

Best Theatre (Parsons, Kansas)
Dream Theatre (Jeffersonville, Indiana)
Elite Theatre (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Empress & Lyric (Fort Collins, Colorado)
Favorite Theatre (Piqua, Ohio)
Gem Theatre (Cairo, Illinois)
Grand Theatre (Elgin, Illinois)
Grand Theatre (Kinston, North Carolina)
Haltiwangers (Broadway and Ideal Theatres) (Columbia, South Carolina)
Haltiwangers (Rivoli and Rialto Theatres) (Columbia, South Carolina)
Harrigan Theatre
Majestic Theatre (Mansfield, Ohio)
Royal Theatre (Calumet, Michigan)
Starland Theatre (Anderson, Indiana)
Strand Theatre (Morgantown, West Virginia)
Chas. Zettler Co., Arcade (Dayton, Ohio)
Blank backed versions of these cards also seen

These cards were also given out for other promotions, such as Koester's Bread and Chattanooga Medicine Co. with advertising for Cardui Woman's Tonic.

It is uncertain if all cards in the set were available at each theatre or promotion for these cards. It is possible that a subset of these cards may have been available rather than all the cards for some or all of these promotions. It is also unknown how long this promotion lasted. It may have gone on for several years with different cards added or subtracted to the set for individual promotions.

Date info: The Elite Theatre cards show movies and dates on the back which dates this set to 1916. Florence LaBadie died in 1917.

Thanks to Gary May and Rhett Yeakley for help with this checklist.

Mary Anderson
Mignon Anderson
Roscoe Arbuckle
Leah Baird
Theda Bara
Bessie Barriscale
Dorothy Bernard
Carlyle Blackwell
Holbrook Blinn
Mary Boland
Irene Boyle
Alice Brady
Pauline Bush
Francis X. Bushman
Charles Chaplin
Mary Charleston
Marguerite Clark
Ethel Clayton
Marguerite Courtot
James Cruze
Grace Cunard
Viola Dana
Dorothy Davenport
Marjorie Daw
Mr. and Mrs. Carter de Haven
Dorothy Donnelly
Sidney Drew
Mrs. Sidney Drew
Bud Duncan
Douglas Fairbanks
Madeleine & Marion Fairbanks
Dustin Farnum
William Farnum
Louise Fazenda
Maude Fealy
Irene Fenwick
Flora Finch
Margarita Fischer
Francis Ford
Pauline Frederick
Mary Fuller
Jane Gail
Ray Gallagher
Margret Gibson
Dorothy Gish
Lillian Gish
Kitty Gordon
Ethel Grandin
Ella Hall
Lloyd V. Hamilton
Miss Alma Hanlon
Robert E. Harron
W. S. Hart
Ormi Hawley
Martha Hedman
Helen Holmes
Stuart Holmes
Louise Huff
Gladys Hulette
Elsie Janis
Arthur V. Johnson
Jack W. Kerrigan
Florence LaBadie
Robert Leonard
Helen Leslie
Katherine Lewis
Harold A Lockwood
Lillian Lorraine
Marc MacDermott
Hughie Mack
Cleo Madison
Mae Marsh
Vivian Martin
Gertrude McCoy
Violet Mersereau
Mary Miles Minter
Matthew Moore
Mae Murray
Miriam Nesbitt
Marie Newton
Mabel Normand
Jane Novak
Muriel Ostriche
Doris Pawn
Dorothy Phillips
Arline Pretty
Wallace Reid
Billie Rhodes
Vivian Rich
Cleo Ridgely
Blanche Ring
Gertrude Robinson
Ruth Roland
William F. Russell
Marin Sais
Jackie Saunders
Betty Schade
Gertrude Selby
Marguerite Snow
Myrtle Stedman
Anita Stewart
Ruth Stonehouse
Edith Storey
Blanche Sweet
Mabel Taliaferro
Constance Talmadge
Norma Talmadge
Rosemary Theby
Harry Von Meter
Marie Walcamp
Charlotte Walker
Lillian Walker
Henry B. Walthall
Fannie Ward
Bryant Washburn
Lois Weber
Pearl White
Velma Whitman
Crane Wilbur
Earle Williams
Clara Kimball Young

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