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Published March 22, 2013 Updated June 06, 2022

Tourists

Imagery of slightly eccentric tourists sightseeing in Egypt, or perhaps in the Alps, appears on the back of the box, the Ace of Spades and the Joker.

1886 USA Russell & Morgan United States Playing Card Co. Tourists Add to Collection
the back of the box

Tourists No.155

Tourists No.155 was a mid-range brand manufactured by the Russell & Morgan Printing Co. since the mid-1880s and then subsequently by U.S.P.C.C. until the brand was phased out in 1931.

Imagery of slightly eccentric tourists sightseeing in Egypt, or perhaps in the Alps, appears on the back of the box, the Ace of Spades and the Joker.

Tourists No.155 playing cards manufactured by the Russell & Morgan Printing Co., c.1886 Tourists No.155 box

Above: an early edition of "Tourists No.155" playing cards manufactured by the Russell & Morgan Printing Co., c.1886. "No.155 A" probably indicated that the cards were enameled. Decks were supplied in a cardboard tuck-box. (Click image to see more). Images courtesy Rod Starling.

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

REFERENCES

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".

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By Rod Starling

Member since January 09, 2013

Rod Starling was one of the founding members of the 52 Plus Joker card collectors club. He authored many articles for the club's quarterly newsletter, Clear the Decks. His collection encompasses both foreign and American decks. Rod also authored a book titled The Art and Pleasures of Playing Cards.


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