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Three Stooges playing cards

54 different photos of the famous American vaudeville and comedy team.

1999 USA C3 Entertainment Humour Movies & Film Television Videos Add to Collection

The Three Stooges was an American vaudeville and comedy team active from 1922 to 1970. They are best remembered for their 190 short subject films by Columbia Pictures. Their hallmark styles were physical farce and slapstick. This pack contains 54 black and white photos of scenes from their films, mostly in horizontal format. The scenes/films are not named, nor are the actors. Apparently, a total of six Stooges appeared over the act’s run, with only three active at any given time. When the films were syndicated to television, the Stooges became one of the most popular comedy acts of the early 1960s. See the box

The Three Stooges playing cards made in China for C3 Entertainment, 1999 The Three Stooges playing cards made in China for C3 Entertainment, 1999

Above: The Three Stooges playing cards made in China for C3 Entertainment, 1999. 52 cards + 2 Jokers in tuck box. Size: 58 x 89 mm. ©1999 C3 Entertainment.


What does ‘stooge’ mean?
stooge. / (stuːdʒ) / noun. an actor who feeds lines to a comedian or acts as his foil or butt. slang someone who is taken advantage of by another.

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Roddy started collecting stamps on his 8th birthday. In 1977 he joined the newly formed playing-card department at Stanley Gibbons in London before setting up his own business in Edinburgh four years later. His collecting interests include playing cards, postcards, stamps (especially playing cards on stamps) and sugar wrappers. He is a Past President of the Scottish Philatelic Society, a former Chairman of the IPCS, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and Curator of the WCMPC’s collection of playing cards. He lives near Toulouse in France.


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