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Army & Navy No.303

Army & Navy No.303

Russell, Morgan & Co produced both “Army” and “Navy” decks as part of their original range in 1881. In order to reduce costs of maintaining two separate brands they were subsequently merged into “Army & Navy #303” in c.1884. The Russell, Morgan and Co. became the United States Playing Card Company in 1894 and over the years eight different Aces of Spades were used with this brand and the Joker was also modified several times. The brand was eventually phased out in 1931.

Right: detail from the Joker→

“Army & Navy #303” playing cards published by the United States Playing Card Co., Cincinnati, in c.1900

Above: “Army & Navy #303” brand playing cards published by the United States Playing Card Co., Cincinnati, in c.1900. This version has a Navy style Joker and a plain Ace of Spades with the subtitle "Russell & Morgan Factories" at the bottom. These particular court card designs were the basis of those used by Waddington's in the 1930s. Images courtesy Rod Starling.


REFERENCES

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

All images on this page are from the collection of Rod Starling, author of "The Art and Pleasures of Playing Cards".

Last Updated August 06, 2015 at 02:25pm

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