Thursday, January 19, 2017

New Set / 1959 Manga King Magazine Bookmark Cards - Wakanohana and Nagashima! (B591)

This knocks out 1/5th of one of 2017 collecting goals which is to discover and catalog 5 pre-1960 sets.  Here is an interesting pair of bookmark cards that I picked up over in Japan recently.  It is from a bimonthly magazine called Manga King (漫画王).  This was given away in the annual 1959 New Year's edition and measures approximately 4 3/4" x 4 3/4" and printed on thin cardboard.  I've never seen this set before and it has a previously uncatalogued card of Yokozuna Wakanohana and an uncatalogued second-year card of the baseball Hall of Famer Shigeo Nagashima of the Giants.  The back is printed in purple ink and has calendars for the first 6 months in 1959.  There is also a line down the middle to cut the card in half so you get two separate bookmarks.  These type of sets were fairly common in the 1950s and 1960s as give aways in magazines....especially in the elementary school magazines.  Hopefully there are more cards to this set out there.  Here are the cards and the sample cover of the April 1959 magazine.

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