Imagery of slightly eccentric tourists sightseeing in Egypt, or perhaps in the Alps, appears on the back of the box, the Ace of Spades and the Joker.
These decks were produced in various grades for the German immigrant population and feature the German eagle and the German and American flags intertwined. There were two versions: one with German faces and one with American faces.
The company advertised themselves as “The Monarch King of all Cycles” with the lion's head motif inside a bicycle wheel. The four Kings depict Tom Cooper (1874–1906), an 1890s champion bicycle racer and early auto racing ‘speed king’.
Early decks were presented in linen finish slip cases with the Statue of Freedom inside a Spade suit symbol and the words ‘U.S. Playing Cards’ and ‘The Russell & Morgan Co., Cincinnati’ printed or embossed on the front.
Trophy Whist No.39 playing cards published by the the United States Playing Card Co., 1895. The Joker has the inscription “Challenge Trophy”.
The second edition of 1883 has slightly larger indices and a more simplified Ace of Spades showing two sailing ships.
The Joker is particularly persuasive, whilst the Ace of Spades has a battle scene involving artillery, with Navy ships in the distance and the statue of the goddess of Freedom in the middle.
Squared Faro #366 by Russell & Morgan Co. was issued in 1887
Vanity Fair Transformation Playing Cards No.41 published by the United States Playing Card Company, 1895. All the number cards have been imaginatively transformed.
Congress Playing Cards were first produced by the Russell & Morgan Company in 1881 as the finest and most expensive of their brands.
The famous 'Bicycle' playing cards were first introduced by Russell & Morgan Printing Co in 1885. They were hugely successful and became the most well-known brand in the world.
The famous Bicycle playing cards were first introduced by Russell & Morgan Printing Co in 1885.
Cards with jumbo indices were introduced in 1895, and were given the subtitle '88'. Over the years a variety of Jokers were used, often taken from other brands.
Historic Boston and Vicinity Souvenir Playing Cards, 1909
Several editions of Panama Souvenir Playing Cards were issued by the USPCC between 1908 - 1926. The design of the cards varied between editions, and different 'fact' and map cards were also included.
Playing cards manufactured by The US Playing Card Co for the Estanco de Naipes del Peru, 1920s - 1950s