This deck is commonly known as the “Anheuser-Busch Spanish-American War deck”, issued at the end of the war.
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.
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.
ARRCO Playing Card Co., Chicago, c.1935 - c.1970s
The King of Acorns is supposed to represent Prince Otto; the King of Leaves is Maximilian II; the King of Bells is Ludwig II; the King of Hearts is Ludwig I wearing a general's uniform. The court cards are all male, but some of the numeral cards depict women.
The “Cavalry Game” manufactured by Thomas de la Rue & Co Ltd, c.1900-10
Military Pin Up created by Sviatoslay Pashchuk (Ukraine) 2019.
Naval and Military Families produced by Prince and Princess Louis of Battenberg, printed by Ernst Nister of Nuremberg, c.1905-10.
On Guard military card game published by J. Jaques & Son, c.1880.
Ordnance Recognition Playing Cards cards designed to help people at risk from unexploded bombs
Patriotic Misfitz published by C.W Faulkner & Co, Ltd, c.1906.
“Victory” by Pepys Games, a splendid game with caricatures of British and German leaders, published in 1940.