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The manufacture of playing cards in America only began during the second half of the 18th century, and not before 1776 by some estimates.

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13: Some North American Cards

I deal with some of the US makers in more detail on other pages, but here is a brief introduction.

13: Some North American Cards

26th Yankee Division

“26th Yankee Division Playing Cards” was designed by Alban B. Butler, Jr and printed by the Press of the Woolly Whale, New York, in 1933.

26th Yankee Division 1933

35: More Design Copies

Here I want to take another widely copied design and see how individual variation by the copier can take the original design through a lot of changes. I shall take the three USPCC designs: US3 (wide), US3.1 (bridge) and US4 (wide). To the best of my knowledge these are no longer used in the US, except perhaps for special productions, as in the retro market.

35: More Design Copies

4 Seasons Playing Cards

4 Seasons Playing Cards.

4 Seasons Playing Cards

4 Thrones Solitaire Game

A fresh and minimal pack and iPhone app designed for solitaire games.

4 Thrones Solitaire Game 2013

40 Years of Jaws Playing Cards

This special pack celebrates the 40th anniversary of the film Jaws.

40 Years of Jaws Playing Cards 2015

42: Andrew Dougherty

Andrew Dougherty was one of the biggest American card-makers in the 19th century.

42: Andrew Dougherty

43: The United States Playing Card Co.

The United States Playing Card Co. (USPCC) represents an amalgamation of all the major American card-makers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries

43: The United States Playing Card Co.

55: China 2

Some further American designs used in China.

55: China 2

8-Bit Mafia and 8-Bit Werewolf

This pack created by Michael Scott has been inspired by retro 8-bit pixel games from the 80s and 90s.

8-Bit Mafia and 8-Bit Werewolf 2014

A Look Back with Hope for the Future

“A Look Back with Hope for the Future” by Rod Starling

A Look Back with Hope for the Future

A. Dougherty’s Triplicate Recreation

A recreated of the original 1876, No. 18, Triplicate deck by A. Dougherty by Michael Scott in 2014.

A. Dougherty’s Triplicate Recreation 2014

About Emily Arkin

Emily Arkin is an artist from Somerville, MA.

About Emily Arkin 2001

African Art

“African Art” Playing cards by John J. Beckvermit III, 1994

African Art 1994

Age of Dragons

Age of Dragons by Anne Stokes, 2017.

Age of Dragons 2017

Alcatraz: Rules and Regulations Playing Cards

Rules and regulations that guided prison life in America’s most notorious prison.

Alcatraz: Rules and Regulations Playing Cards 2003

Aleister Crowley Tarot – the sombre luminary

Aleister Crowley Tarot - Crowley and Lady Freda Harris worked on the illustrations between 1938 and 1943

Aleister Crowley Tarot – the sombre luminary 1972

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland playing cards designed by Sasha Dounaevski, 2018.

Alice in Wonderland 2018

American Bank Note Company

The American Bank Note Company was a long-established firm producing national currency, finely engraved stock certificates and other security printing, including postage stamps. They also entered the playing card market c.1908-1914.

American Bank Note Company

American Skat

These decks were produced in various grades for the German immigrant population and feature the German eagle and the German and American flags intertwined. There were two versions: one with German faces and one with American faces.

American Skat 1889

Amos Whitney Inventory

Amos Whitney Factory Inventory. What it was like inside an 18th century playing card factory...

Amos Whitney Inventory

Andrew Dougherty 1848-1930

Andrew Dougherty was born in Donegal in Northern Ireland in 1827. He started his playing card business in New York in 1848.

Andrew Dougherty 1848-1930

Andrew Dougherty c.1850

The idiosyncratic courts used in this deck were used by several other U.S. manufacturers, including Crehore and Hart, and continued into the early 1900s in Faro decks.

Andrew Dougherty c.1850

Angry Birds UNO

Angry Birds UNO manufactured in China, 2003.

Angry Birds UNO 2003

Anheuser-Busch

The Kings show American admirals and the Jacks have different officers at each end. The Queens are “Our Colonies”.

Anheuser-Busch

Anheuser-Busch Army & Navy

This deck is commonly known as the “Anheuser-Busch Spanish-American War deck”, issued at the end of the war.

Anheuser-Busch Army & Navy 1900

Animal Rummy

Animal Rummy by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.

Animal Rummy

Animal Rummy

Animal Rummy by Warren Paper Products, c.1960s.

Animal Rummy 1960

Anma US Armed Forces

Anma US Armed Forces, 1942.

Anma US Armed Forces 1942