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Started by Bill Gosling. Last reply by ed parent Aug 11, 2010.

bringing your special cards to poker night...

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Comment by Bill Gosling on November 18, 2009 at 10:35pm
Dave, I am not sure who made this deck as there is no definite mention in the work I referenced. Based on the box remnant, it is one of several manufacturers active at that time. You ask specifically who else made these cards, and I want to be clear I was just making a guess with USPCC. If you would like information on other card manufacturers active at the time, I will dig out a rference for you.

Comment by Dave Dubé on November 18, 2009 at 11:59am

Could you possibly tell me who else besides the United States Playing Card Company made these decks?
Comment by Bill Gosling on November 18, 2009 at 9:58am
The deck you found is one of a series described in the "Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards". [More on that in a moment] It is one of ten beauiful card backs for Edison Mazda designed by Maxfield Parrish. "There are different jokers and Aces in this series and each deck also comes with an extra descriptive or 'picture' card. The many Parrish collectors actively collect these decks, seeking even a single card of each back." They were produced between 1919 and 1931. Encyc. p. 202.

You did extremely well to find even an incomplete Parrish deck at this price. They were issued for General Electric -Edison, and the joker shows an early electric light bulb. If the second part of the box were present, and I think it did have an outer sleeve, it would likely name the manufacturer. The most common one would have been the United States Playing Card Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, at that time, though it could have been one of several others as well.

As to the Encyclopedia, it lists American cards from earliest productions up to the mid-20th century. The paperback edition is $45.00, less expensive than the $75.00 hard cover and also has a $15.00 price guide sold separately. The full citation is:

Dawson, Tom and Judy. The Hockman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards. Stamford, CT, U.S. Games Systems,Inc., 2000. Price guide, same year and publisher.

A very good deck in the price guide lists for about $100.00.

I'll return late with more background information on cards. I currently have abobut 250 books in my reference library on the history of plaing cards, and some 3800 decks.

Comment by Dave Dubé on November 16, 2009 at 11:56am
These are FABULOUS! Looks to be an advertising deck as well. Can you contact me via my email addy, please. I'd like to get a high-res scan of the Parrish image on the card, since it incorporates the Edison advertising.

I put my art on old paper, btw. I now have something more to look for. I wonder who made the cards for Edison.
Comment by Dave Dubé on November 16, 2009 at 9:59am
Could you post an image of one of them?
Comment by Mike Ferguson on October 28, 2009 at 3:43pm
takes a while to load...guess they're busy
Comment by Mike Ferguson on October 28, 2009 at 3:42pm
Comment by Dave Dubé on October 27, 2009 at 4:23pm

The link is broken.
Comment by Mike Ferguson on October 27, 2009 at 3:10pm
I am not associated with this company in any way, but I sure like this new deck, being released today
Comment by AntiquesRGreat on August 9, 2009 at 8:13pm
As soon as I'm done with listing the postcards I'll tackle my collection of playing cards.

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