Double Deck Arrco “Canada Confederation Centennial” Playing Cards, c.1967Double Deck Arrco “Canada Confederation Centennial” Playing Cards, c.1967Double Deck Arrco “Canada Confederation Centennial” Playing Cards, c.1967Double Deck Arrco “Canada Confederation Centennial” Playing Cards, c.1967

Mint, sealed double deck of cards made by Arrco c.1967, commemorating the Canada Confederation Centennial. Wikipedia has this to say about the Centennial:

“The Canadian Centennial was a year long celebration held in 1967 when Canada celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. Celebrations occurred throughout the year but culminated on Dominion Day, July 1. 1967 coins were different from previous (or forthcoming) years' issues, with animals on each - the cent, for instance, had a dove on its reverse.

“Communities and organizations across Canada were encouraged to engage in "Centennial projects" to celebrate the anniversary. The projects ranged from special one-time events to local improvement projects, such as the construction of municipal arenas and parks. A Centennial Train traversed the country and school children across the country were able to see exhibits raising their consciousness as to Canadian history and nationalism and enlivening their enthusiasm to visit Expo.

“Children born in 1967 were declared "Centennial babies", one of which was future model and actress Pamela Anderson, born on July 1 (Canada Day).

“In Toronto, the Caribana parade and festival was launched as a celebration of Caribbean culture and became an annual fixture of city life.

“In November, the ‘Confederation of Tomorrow’ conference was held at the newly built Toronto-Dominion Bank Tower. Called by Ontario Premier John Robarts, the summit of provincial premiers led to a new round of federal-provincial negotiations to amend the Canadian Constitution.

“Queen Elizabeth II conducted a royal visit of Canada including a visit to Expo 67, which was a spring to fall event held in Montreal to celebrate the centennial.

“Expo 67, in particular, was a signifier of the nation's mood of extreme optimism and confidence on heading into its second century. In retrospect, the centennial is seen by many as a high point of Canadian aspirations prior to the anxious decade of the 1970s that saw the nation divided over issues relating to inflation, an economic recession, government budget deficits and Quebec separatism. Popular Canadian historian Pierre Berton has referred to the centennial as "the last good year" in his book of the same name.”

The cards are sealed, each with a Canadian tax stamp. However, I assume that each deck has 52 cards, plus 2 Jokers. The cards are bridge size, measuring 89mm x57mm, with gold gilt around. They come in a hard plastic box that may be original.

As noted, the cards are mint and sealed. The box is in excellent condition, clouded but otherwise without issues.

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Double Deck Arrco “Canada Confederation Centennial” Playing Cards, c.1967

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