Western PCC, Racine, Wisconsin
The Western Playing Card Company was formed in 1927. The exact history and origins are not clear. Following some kind of merger or change of name on the part of the M.B. Sheffer Card Co (1924-26), brands belonging to several former playing card manufacturers (possibly including The Western Press) were now produced by Western P.C.C. The double-ended Joker, for example, had formerly been used by Midland Playing Card Co., Chicago. Many pictorial back designs were issued, which were usually unnamed, in several popular categories of art which may appeal to the single card collector.
Whitman Publishing Co was formed in 1916 as a subsidiary of Western Printing & Lithographing Company of Racine, Wisconsin. Whitman specialised in children’s books, puzzles and board games until the 1970s, and also became a leading numismatic publisher.
Salesman’s Sample Cards
These sample cards are mostly blank on the faces but with various back designs giving an idea of the range of styles available. The complete packs would probably resemble the one shown above. An ace of spades is also present which has the production code 8808B-33A which suggests the year 1940.
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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.
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