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ARRCO

ARRCO Playing Card Co., Chicago, c.1935 - c.1970s

Formerly Arrow P.C.Co. c.1930-35.

Also at: ARRCO Playing Card Co. (Canada) Ltd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

First Arrco AS, c.1935

Above: first Arrco ace of spades, c.1935 (formerly it read "The Arrow Playing Card Co"). Image courtesy Ken Lodge.

See also:Enardoe’ special conjuring deck for Edward O. Drane & Co, and also Enardoe’s Goofy Bridge

‘Service de Luxe’ playing cards by ARRCO, c.1943 or later

Above: ‘Service de Luxe’ playing cards by ARRCO, c.1943 or later, produced for sale in USO canteens during WWII. 52 cards + 2 Jokers in box.


Canasta set produced by Arrco in around 1950

Above: Canasta set produced by Arrco in around 1950.

Above: Canasta. Image courtesy Ken Lodge.

‘Sheraton’ playing cards, ARRCO, USA

Above: ‘Sheraton’ playing cards, ARRCO, USA. Image courtesy Ken Lodge.

‘Forcolar’ playing cards, ARRCO, USA

Above: ‘Forcolar’ playing cards, ARRCO, USA, 1945-47. A more modern attempt at a four colour "no revoke" deck with black spades, red hearts, orange diamonds and green clubs (clovers). The second edition has the initial of each suit shown on every pip card, not just the aces. Image courtesy Ken Lodge.

Above: ‘Duratone’ plastic coated playing cards, one of several brands manufactured by ARRCO Playing Card Co.

Above: double set of ‘Duratone’ plastic coated playing cards in felt box, each deck contains 52 cards + 2 jokers, manufactured by ARRCO Playing Card Co, c.1950s.

Above: Unbranded deck with a different ace of spades and joker design, c.1960 (or perhaps earlier). We know from the A.P.C.Co tax stamp they are between 1940 and 1965.  See also: Delta Airlines


Above: ARRCO standard court cards.

ARRCO was taken over by USPCC in 1986 and many brands were retained.

REFERENCE and CREDITS

Dawson, Tom & Judy: The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, U.S. Games Systems Inc., 2000.

All images courtesy Matt Probert (unless stated otherwise).

Last Updated June 30, 2018 at 12:17pm

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