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Vanity Fair

U.S. Playing  Card Company letterhead, image courtesy Dean Canter

“Vanity Fair” Transformation Playing Cards published by the United States Playing Card Company, 1895, 53 cards in box. All the number cards have been imaginatively transformed and the double-ended court cards have been modified into comical images. The king of spades smokes a pipe, the queen holds a spoon, and the jack holds a shovel. The ace of spades depicts Uncle Sam and Miss Liberty in full colour and reads "Vanity Fair No. 41, copyrighted 1895 by The United States Playing Card Company, Cincinnati, U.S.A." The Joker is a winged devil with a pitchfork. The back design is a centre medallion with four Asian faces wearing caps, all within a snowflake pattern, and comical faces appear in the four corners, printed in green.

Vanity Fair Transformation Playing Cards, 1890

Above: “Vanity Fair” Transformation Playing Cards published by the United States Playing Card Company, 1895. Several different backs and box designs are known - click image to see more.

Last Updated November 05, 2015 at 11:25am

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