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Pair of 1936 Exhibit Supply Co. “True Love Letters for Women” Original Vending Packages
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $840
Presented are two original vending packages of 1936 Exhibit Supply Company “True Love Letters for Women” cards housing approximately 1,000 cards in total. Exhibit cards were traditionally sold for one penny each, from vending machines placed at arcades and amusement parks for more than four decades. The company packed approximately 500 cards tightly into a brown paper covering as a means of distribution to the machine owners. Sixteen cards comprise a complete set of the "True Love Letters for Women" series. (A version for men was also produced.) Each card features a scripted letter, printed in blue, set against a white background. The messages range from serious to funny to mean. The backs are blank. While this Exhibit set may not be as exciting as the sets produced depicting ballplayers, celebrities, and other notable themes of the day, its comedic touch and lowbrow humor made it very appealing and entertaining to youngsters and young adults. While we have no way of verifying the complete contents of these packages, it is very probable that dozens of complete sets could be assembled. Each package has an opening at one end to allow for access to the cards within. The paper holding one package together has ripped along one entire edge, while the other package is almost entirely intact. The cards have never been removed from the packages and appear to be in overall high grade. This is a fascinating pair of original vending packages containing approximately 1,000 of these unusual 1930s Exhibits cards. Total: 2 packages. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $840
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