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Pan-American Exposition Souvenir

Published May 13, 2023 Updated May 13, 2023

Pan-American Exposition Souvenir Playing Cards, Buffalo, NY, 1901.

1901 USA Exposition Souvenir Add to Collection

Buffalo was the eighth-largest city in the USA when it was chosen as the venue for the World’s Fair of 1901. The exposition came to be remembered for two things – the assassination of President William McKinley at the Temple of Music on 6th September 1901 and the illumination of the exposition buildings and grounds at night (filmed by Thomas A. Edison, Inc.). Each card in this pack has an oval photographic view in black and white of an exposition building or a landmark in the city of Buffalo. The central motif on the back features ‘North America’ and ‘South America’ joining hands. Gilt edges. The box also exists in brown. See the box

Pan-American Exposition Souvenir Playing Cards published by the Pan-American Souvenir Playing Card Co., Inc., Buffalo, NY, USA, 1901 Pan-American Exposition Souvenir Playing Cards published by the Pan-American Souvenir Playing Card Co., Inc., Buffalo, NY, USA, 1901

Above: Pan-American Exposition Souvenir Playing Cards published by the Pan-American Souvenir Playing Card Co., Inc., Buffalo, NY, USA, 1901. 52 cards + 1 Joker in telescopic box. Size: 62.5 x 88 mm. Copyright, 1901, by Pan-American Souvenir Playing Card Co., Incorporated, 458 Washington St., Buffalo, N.Y.

Reference

Dawson, Tom and Judy. The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards. Stamford, CT, USA: U.S. Games Systems, Inc.; 2000. p.250, SX18.

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Roddy started collecting stamps on his 8th birthday. In 1977 he joined the newly formed playing-card department at Stanley Gibbons in London before setting up his own business in Edinburgh four years later. His collecting interests include playing cards, postcards, stamps (especially playing cards on stamps) and sugar wrappers. He is a Past President of the Scottish Philatelic Society, a former Chairman of the IPCS, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and Curator of the WCMPC’s collection of playing cards. He lives near Toulouse in France.


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