"Americana" is a term used to describe artefacts and cultural elements that are typically associated with American history, folklore, and heritage. It may be used to evoke a sense of nostalgia or a romanticized vision of American culture from a bygone era. This might include items such as vintage clothing, antique furniture, old photographs, folk music, regional cuisine, traditions and even architecture.
American Civil War centennial playing cards designed by Teodoro N. Miciano and published by Fournier, Spain, 1961.
American Drummer Playing Cards celebrating famous Americans involved in the fight for American independence.
‘Amusements and Attractions’ playing cards showing the fun and excitement of America’s amusement parks.
Bicycle Negro League Baseball Museum souvenir playing cards, USA, 2012.
Elaborate court cards on a deck by Charles Bartlet, Philadelphia, (who was in fact Samuel Hart) c.1845-60. The pip cards are double-ended. The date may be somewhere between c.1845-65.
Colourful card game featuring the Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man and some of his fearsome adversaries.
McDonald’s playing cards by the United States Playing Card Co., Cincinnati, c.1997
The National Card Co. was formed in c.1886 by Samuel J Murray, who as a young man had worked in England in Charles Goodall's playing card factory.
Native American Warriors from the Wild West Series published by SPCC, 2018.
Old West Guns playing cards containing information about firearms from the Old West, USA.
An historic American advertising deck for the C. A. Edgarton Mfg Company, manufacturers of the President Suspender (known as “braces” in England) depicting U.S. Presidents and First Ladies on the courts.
Southern Pacific Souvenir of the Golden West playing cards - Sunset, American Canyon and Shasta Routes - published by the Interstate Company exclusively for Southern Pacific News Service, c.1915.
Souvenir deck from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin containing photographs from museum collections and archives on each card.
Steamboats No.99 was one of a number of brands produced by the American Playing Card Co. of Kalamazoo.