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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Founder and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
Advertising pack for Scheffmacher, master painters in Schaffhausen, with comic designs by Fritz Bünz...
Politicards™ 2016 & Politikids 2016: twin decks of satirical playing cards produced by Peter Green f...
Geometric designs by the French artist Jean Garçon for Knoll International, the furniture company.
Stylish ‘Tuxedo’ playing cards with animal faces created by Natalia Silva, USA, 2016.
‘The Deck of Hillary’ with quotes and photographs of Hillary Clinton, USA, 2003.
Shakespeare Insults playing cards with portraits by Jan Padover, USA, 2005.
Shakespeare playing cards: Quotes, the first volume of a double set published by Prospero Art of San...
Old Testament playing cards with illustrations by Jan Padover, USA, 2012.
Starz behind bars playing cards with mug shots of the rich and famous under arrest, USA, 2003.
House of Cards: Deck of Bush playing cards presenting reasons not to re-elect President Bush for a s...
Facsimile of ‘FDR New Deal Deck’ of 1934 re-published by Bill Schroeder, USA, 2010.
Publicity pack for the Campanile hotel and restaurant chain featuring French provincial costumes, wi...
“Politically Wild John McCain” published by Newt’s Playing Cards, USA, 2008.
Strange facts from Robert Ripley’s ‘Believe It or Not’ books, in the form of cartoons.
Fate fortune telling cards published by Merrimack Publishing Corporation, USA.
Politicards 2004 with satirical cartoons by the award-winning illustrator Peter Green, USA.
Politicards 1971 for the presidential election in which Richard Nixon won a landslide victory.
Politicards 1984 with caricatures by Donald Gates, published by the Kamber Group, USA.
Politicards 1980 in which Ronald Reagan defeated the incumbent Jimmy Carter, with caricatures by Kei...
Stereotypical representations of gay men and men they most admire, in a 1981 pack from San Francisco...
‘52 Ways to talk about adoption’ family-centred playing cards produced by the Center for Adoption Su...