Atlantic Playing Card Co was a publisher and distributor of playing cards, also running a mail-order scheme offering playing card-related lines for “work at home” or self-employment. Some early Atlantic decks are listed in the Hochman Encyclopedia from as early as c.1910 with brand names which do not appear in this catalog, except “Monogram” c.1937. At one point it became known as Atlantic Playing Card & Match Co., Inc. The business was subsequently taken over by USPCC.
The catalog shown below lists many accessory items such as score pads, tallies, pencils, boxes, etc which would have been the principal goods being sold in the scheme, along with monogrammed playing cards. Some of the cheapest decks work out at around 25 cents ($36 per gross).
A similar “work at home” scheme for selling playing cards on commission, starting with friends and acquaintances, was launched by the Chicago Playing Card Company, 1039-1047 W. 35th Street, Chicago, in 1930. The line included six qualities of cards: Ascot, Boulevard, Initial, Coronet, Ariel and Club Card see more →
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Publicity pack for the Harley and Helmsley Hotels, U.S.A., c.1986.
The Encarded First Edition is a limited edition of 2,500 designed by Paul Carpenter and manufactured by the Expert Playing Card Company.
Cards slanted to the right, issued to mark George W. Bush’s second term of office.
A set of advertising poster stamps for C.L.Wüst playing cards.
Playing cards inspired by mysterious symbolism of secret societies as well as a tribute to the National Playing Card Co.
Monarchs luxury playing cards by Theory11, featured in the film Now You See Me.
Luxury playing cards produced by Theory11 in collaboration with The Nomad Hotel in New York City.
An extraordinary Spanish pack of chocolate advertising playing cards dating from 1920
Rules and regulations that guided prison life in America’s most notorious prison.
Marvel’s Avengers: The Infinity Saga Premium Playing Cards produced by Theory11 and designed by Mattson Creative, 2021.
A recreated of the original 1876, No. 18, Triplicate deck by A. Dougherty by Michael Scott in 2014.
Triangle Playing Cards by Michael Scott.
Pack promoting Beaujolais wine published by Editions du Nuton, France.
Gó Succo fruit juice promotion deck featuring Walt Disney cartoons.
Two Notched Construction Card Sets by Shackman & Co, N.Y. 1970s.
IBM Linux One playing cards, c.2018.
Spyscape espionage, surveillance and cryptography themed playing cards, 2018.
Lion Coffee Mother Goose card game, late 19th C.
Fortune Telling cards by Whitman Publishing Co., 1940.
‘Vargas Girls’ paintings by Alberto Vargas in a deck of cards published by Creative Playing Card Co Missouri.
Anma US Armed Forces, 1942.
Gas Warm Homes Happy Families game published by British Gas, c.1980.
“H-O Kwartetspel” children’s card game promoting quick cooking oatmeal (instant porridge), 1930s.
“Werbung die Sticht” deck with artwork by Fritz Bünzli to promote advertising on playing cards by AG Müller 1982.
The Curator Deck with designs by Emmanuel José with suit symbols cleverly transformed into artistic designs.
Sherlock Holmes deck with caricatures by Jeff Decker published by Gemaco Playing Card Co. 1989
Periquito y Tontín Dominoes, featuring Feliz and Bonzo, 1920s.
“Deal Winners” promotional pack for Dundas & Wilson law firm.
Happy Gas Families published by British Gas, c.1985.
Warren Paper Products Co., Lafayette, Indiana, publishers of Built-Rite toys, games and puzzles.
Gilroy Special Edition Playing Cards to commemorate the centenary of the birth of John Gilroy, 1989.
Christmas Playing Cards published by Novelty Playing Cards, Syracuse, New York, 1986.
Hamm’s Beer promotion deck with bear cartoons by Frank M. Antoncich 1968.
“Victory" cards celebrating U.S. participation in the Allied victory, c.1945.
Nationale-Nederlanden insurance company, 1984.
The Maya Deck produced by Stancraft for Hoyle, 1976.
Investors Overseas Services, Ltd. (IOS) by A. G. Müller (Schaffhausen), c.1969.
Gibbs Happy Families card game promotion, both full sized and miniature versions, c.1946.
Caleb Bartlett patriotic deck (reproduction), around 1835-40.
Electric Snap by the South Wales Electricity Board, 1950s.