Standard Playing Card Co.
Standard Playing Card Co. started producing playing cards in c.1890 but was in business for only about four years before United States Playing Card Company acquired it in 1894.
Standard Playing Card Co., Chicago
Standard Playing Card Co. started producing playing cards in c.1890 but was in business for only about four years before the newly founded United States Playing Card Company acquired it in 1894. The Standard Playing Card Company continued operating as an independent company in Chicago, as shown on their Ace of Spades and packaging. The Aces of Spades did not normally carry a brand name, but over the years the Standard P.C.Co produced a large number of brand names which were identified on the boxes and wrappers and in some cases on a special Joker. As the name suggests, cards were mainly standard in appearance, with some colourful jokers and a range of pictorial back designs by contemporary designers and artists in brands such as ‘Society #1000’, ‘Peerless #304’ & ‘Austen Beauties’. Standard P.C.Co was also known to have produced novelty concave decks, patience and souvenir decks some of which were credited to a different publisher. The Bay State Card Co. became a part of the Standard Playing Card Company of Chicago in the early 1890s.
The Bay State Card Co. became a part of the Standard Playing Card Company of Chicago in the early 1890s and thereby part of the U.S.P.C.C. fold in 1894.
Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Cards
1929 advert for Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Cards
The Standard Playing Card Co also had its own courts similar to those of U.S.P.C.C. in two sizes, but shortly after their take-over Standard P. C. Co packs had standard U.S.P.C.C. courts.
This “Park Lane” deck was made by Standard Playing Card Company, Chicago, c.1925, as a souvenir/advertising deck for the Park Lane Apartments which was actually an apartment hotel located at 299 Park Avenue, one of the most expensive parts of Manhattan. It was a very posh establishment that catered to a clientèle that appreciated the finer niceties of life and could afford them.
Decks were presented in individual boxes housed in an outer double box.
Unfortunately, it is now not only closed but the original building was demolished and replaced by a 47 story office building that opened in 1967.
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Rod Starling is one of the founding members of the 52 Plus Joker card collectors club. He has written many articles for the club's quarterly newsletter, Clear the Decks. His collection still encompasses both foreign and American decks. Rod has also authored a book titled The Art and Pleasures of Playing Cards.
Also by Rod Starling
Publicity pack for the Harley and Helmsley Hotels, U.S.A., c.1986.
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Rules and regulations that guided prison life in America’s most notorious prison.
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Triangle Playing Cards by Michael Scott.
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Anma US Armed Forces, 1942.
The Curator Deck with designs by Emmanuel José with suit symbols cleverly transformed into artistic designs.
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Hamm’s Beer promotion deck with bear cartoons by Frank M. Antoncich 1968.
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Whitman 8 Card Games boxed set, 1951.
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Timothy Curtis Art custom Bicycle playing cards, 2018.
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