Yes, it’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted anything on this postcard and Victorian trade card blog. I’ve been going thru a “work is a naughty word” period. Guess that qualifies me for membership in the Knights of the Dog House organization.
Where Was This Dog House Arcade Card Found?
The posted image isn’t an antique or vintage postcard, but a piece of ephemera called an arcade card. Arcade cards were the same size as postcards, had blank backs, and were made of thicker card stock. Arcade cards were obtained from penny vending machines usually found in amusement arcades (hence the name).
I recently had the fortune to see one of these penny vending machines being offered for sale in an antique shop I visited while on my recent birthday trip. It stood on a stand like a gumball machine, but had no clear window where the cards could be seen. Instead, the metal box was covered in advertisements. The arcade cards came out the bottom, similar to small boxes of detergent in laundromats. What a treat to see a part of popular 1930′s history I’d only read about before.
** For those who are curious, this membership card reads:
“This is to Certify that _____ has been elected an Active Member of the Kinights of the Dog House, a national organization established for those who are without honor at certain times in their own homes. The Board of Directors has investigated the qualifications of the applicant and from evidence submitted conclude that he will make a worthy member…”
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