Beautiful mint sealed deck of pinochle cards made by Gibson Playing Card Co. c.1931 (canceled tax stamp), its “Diana” brand, featuring a wonderful illustration of The DeWitt Clinton and Victorian era gentlemen and ladies that have boarded or are about to board the train as passengers.
The article in Wikipedia has this to say about The DeWitt Clinton:
“The DeWitt Clinton of the Mohawk and Hudson Railroad (M&H) was the first steam locomotive to operate in the state of New York and the fourth built in the United States. It began operations in 1831. The M&H became part of the New York Central Railroad system in 1853. Portions of the steam engine were cast at the West Point Foundry in Cold Spring NY. A scale and operational reproduction of the DeWitt Clinton is on display at the Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.
“The DeWitt Clinton's first run was from the city of Albany, New York to Schenectady, New York, a run of 16 miles. Its passenger cars were yellow stagecoaches in which the riders would sit either inside, or on outdoor rumble seats.”
Although the deck is mint and sealed, it is probably safe to assume that it has 48 cards (i.e., 2 x Ace, 9 through King, in each suit), and no Joker. The cards are bridge size, measuring 89mm x 57mm, with gold gilt around. They are in the original box.
As noted the cards are mint and sealed. The box is perfect.
Reference: (for “Diana” cards) Dawson, The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, p.157, MSN43.
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