New York Consolidated Card Co: Squeezers No.35
By 1877 the New York Consolidated Card Co's Squeezers were a great success on account of little indices in the corners which enabled the cards to be held in a fan, or squeezed. The only competition came from the Andrew Dougherty Co., who were making their own patented Triplicates with miniature cards in the corners instead of numbers, and then Indicators with index numbers, which could also be squeezed. A tacit understanding between the two about sales territory was established, so that the one company would not have to compete with the other. In this way by the late 1870s indices came into common use on English and American cards.
In an historic pact the two manufacturers (Dougherty & NYCCC) divided the country between themselves as a means of eliminating outside competition. To honour this agreement, NYCCC issued a Squeezer deck with a back design showing two dogs, Squeezer and Trip, chained to their respective kennels with a caption There is a tie that binds us to our Homes. Note the differences in the Ace of Spades and Joker and the re-drawn courts.
In 1930 the New York Consolidated Card Co. and the Andrew Dougherty Co. merged into Consolidated-Dougherty Card Co. Inc., with headquarters in New York. This company was dissolved in 1962 and was absorbed as a division of the United States Playing Card Co. of Cincinnati. The original Squeezer and Trip back design continued to be issued from time to time until at least 1977 (100th anniversary) with various Aces of Spades and Joker designs.
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