Southern Bell Communications Center 1960s Contract Bridge Playing Cards Set. This unique vintage 1960's Southern Bell's Communications Center Playing Cards set is a rare find indeed and can be used for Contract Bridge, Canasta, Pinochle, or Gin Rummy. This compact set includes two full decks of cards with the old Southern Bell logo, instructions for the 4 card games, 4 small pencils, and a Mascot Score Pad, all enclosed in a tan and cream colored vinyl, snap closure case. Front of case also has the Southern Bell logo and images of an Ace card in the four card suits – Hearts, Spades, Diamonds, and Clubs – in black and red.
Case is in excellent condition with minimal wear from use; no tears or holes; has the name “Long” written in ink on the inside, obviously a previous owner. Snap closure is a tab on one side with a gold-tone metal end; snap closes securely. Case opens nicely to show separate compartments inside for the 2 card decks, 4 small pencils on one side; score card fits nicely on top of these; inside cover has a pocket for holding tabbed game instruction cards.
Both decks of cards include 54 cards (including 2 Jokers) and show edge wear from use; no torn or folded cards, except the King of Diamonds has a missing corner. Southern Bell logo is on each card; one deck has dark blue and gold borders; other has burgundy and gold borders.
Small pencils include 3 gold slim ones that are most likely original to set; 4th pencil is a yellow, #2 type, sharpened to a small length to match others.
Vinyl case measures 7 inches long by 4-1/2 inches wide by 1-1/2 inches thick. When case is opened, measures 10 inches wide.
Southern Bell went out of business in 1983. This unique card game set is perfect for the collector of telephone memorabilia, vintage games, advertising collectors or a former employee of Southern Bell.
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