Pyramid P.C.C.

Pyramid P.C.C.

Pyramid Playing Card Company was founded in Brooklyn, New York, in 1920. They successfully introduced a number of standard brands (Winner, Pyramid Special, Mutual, Home Run, Iris, Peter Pan, Blue Nile, Blue Star, Princess, Umpire & Sunbeam) until the company was absorbed into U.S.P.C.C. and its affiliates, and finally dissolved in 1933. The imagery of pyramids and sphinxes on the Aces of Spades, Joker and boxes is believed to have stemmed from the fact that the original founders of the company may have had Egyptian origins.

Right: the front and back of the box. Click to zoom→

Above: 'Pyramid Special' playing cards, c.1920. The deck has a special Ace naming the brand and the standard Pyramid Joker. The box shows the address of the company,


Dawson, Tom & Judy: The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, U.S. Games Systems Inc., 2000

All images on this page are from the collection of Rod Starling, author of "The Art and Pleasures of Playing Cards".

• See also: Kismet Temple, 1923.

Last Updated March 29, 2013 at 05:22pm


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