Item/Description: Vintage double-decks set of “Tony Bonnelle's Famous Restaurant - 220 West Main Street, Belleville, Illinois” promotional advertising giveaway playing cards in original cardboard case/box.
***Card backs are charmingly and delightfully illustrated with photographic imagery depicting the restaurant owner's-restauranteur's granddaughter heartily enjoying a heaping plate of classic Italian food - meatballs and spaghetti-pasta - with the caption "Baby 'Toni' says 'You’ll love my Grandpa's Spaghetti' - Bonnelle's Famous Restaurant, Belleville, Illinois"
***Also once known as “Tony Bonnelle’s Spaghetti House,” decks are fifty-two cards complete, with red & gold-trimmed deck retaining two (2) Jokers, and navy blue & gold-trimmed deck no Jokers
Age/Period: Vintage - ca. 1930s-1950s
Manufacturer/Identification/Markings: Jokers are marked “Redislip”; both Ace of Spades are marked “Made by Brown & Bigelow, St. Paul, Minn., U.S.A. 28-F”
Quantity: Two (2) Decks
Measurements: Box - 5 & 1/8"W x 3 & 7/8"H; Cards - 3 ½”H x 2 ¼”W
Condition: Very good played-with condition, exhibiting normal age coloration-toning. Interior of box, hidden beneath the golden cardboard divider, is gift-inscribed “To Lauri, Forever Friends, Hope you’ll remember me #213, Love, Tandy 8/7/93"