Sessue Hayakawa Playing Card

Description (Brief):

Actor Sessue Hayakawa is featured in a deck of cards circa 1916 by the Movie Souvenir Card Company of Cincinnati, Ohio. He was born Kintarō Hayakawa on June 10, 1886 in Japan. Professionally known as Sessue Hayakawa, he became a leading male actor and a global superstar during the silent film era of the 1910s and 1920s. Often typecast as a villain and due to anti-Japanese attitudes in the United States, Hayakawa sought work in Japan and Europe. He returned to the United States several years later and earned Oscar and Golden Globes nominations for his work on the 1957 film The Bridge on the River Kwai. In 1960, Hayakawa was honored with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Sessue Hayakawa died on November 23, 1973.

Date Made: 1916

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Ohio, Cincinnati

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Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2017.0111.01Accession Number: 2017.0111Catalog Number: 2017.0111.01

Object Name: card, playing

Physical Description: paper (overall material)ink (overall material)Measurements: overall: 3 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in; 8.89 cm x 6.35 cm


Record Id: nmah_1840801

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