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Published October 21, 2015 Updated May 28, 2022

Canadian National Railways

Canadian National Railways souvenir deck, dated to 1927. Every card is gilt edged, and carries a different photograph of Canada.

Canada Railway Souvenir 1927

Canadian National Railways souvenir deck, dated to 1927. Every card is gilt edged, and carries a different photograph of Canada. Canadian souvenir decks had often been made in England by Goodall, but later issues were made in Canada or USA. This example with oval monochrome photographs with no outlines, and with curved captions beneath each photo, does not state a manufacturer’s name.

Canadian National Railways souvenir deck, dated to 1927

Above: The deck comes inside a leather case with metal clips. With gilt edges and photographs this would not have been a cheap deck! The National Railways logo changed to a rectangular shape in 1927 (so the deck is likely to be no later than 1927). The contract bridge score card included in the pack carries the date 1927, so the deck is no earlier than 1927.

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By Matt Probert

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I have adored playing cards since before I was seven years old, and was brought up on packs of Waddington's No 1. As a child I was fascinated by the pictures of the court cards.

Over the next fifty years I was seduced by the artwork in Piatnik's packs and became a collector of playing cards.

Seeking more information about various unidentified packs I discovered the World of Playing Cards website and became an enthusiastic contributor researching and documenting different packs of cards.

I describe my self as a playing card archaeologist, using detective work to identify and date obscure packs of cards discovered in old houses, flea markets and car boot sales.


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