Large cardboard 11" tall skull and crossbones. Has a hole at the top to tack on a wall. They are marked "American Merri-Lei Corp" on the lower left bone. Merri-Lei was in Brooklyn and went out of business around 1960. These are likely from around then. We found them in an old distributorship where they remembered purchasing them a long time ago. Super unused condition.
We have a large lot of Exhibit Supply cards that we found in unopened bricks (you can see a picture of some of the bricks at the top of this department (Trading Card Shop). They are from a closed penny arcade. This is about the only way you would ever be able to find complete sets. The problem still is that there are more of some cards than others, so we can't assemble as many sets as you might think. These cards are uncommon. They are difficult to date because many of the machines were in production in the 1930s and 40s, but Exhibit Supply made cards for many of them all the way up to the early 1970s. The tale end stuff generally used lighter colored cardboard backing and printing on the bricks was stamped. The older ones have separate printed labels. So, we are using that info and the aging on the brick wrappers to estimate dates. The arcade must have bought the bricks of these during different time periods. Some are the light backs and some are the darker backs. We'll call it circa 1950s as some of these bricks are really old.
Vintage 16" wide "World's Greatest Flyer Quality 5¢ Cigar" sign. Also says "The Gift he'll Enjoy". Pictures a Chrismas tree, wreath, and Holly. These are paper signs that were mounted on thick cardboard many years ago. Some had minor stains or imperfections, but they look amazing mounted like this. They came from the family of Bob Secrist who was well know all over the country as one of the premier collectors and one of the very first dealers in New Old Stock and country store items back in the day. We are proud to offer them to you, and are sure he would want these things shared with all of you. Honestly, you can't find this kind of stuff anywhere any more.