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The Souvenir Card Co. “Washington State Souvenir Cards,” C.B. Strong Copyright, c.1899
Very good deck of souvenir cards published by The Souvenir Card Co. c.1899, copyright credit to C.B. Strong, and featuring early photographs of the State of Washington on each of the 53 suited cards. The deck has terrific backs, with the Seal of the State of Washington in the center, surrounded by images representing the businesses and industries then important to the state's economy. Almost all of the photographs on the faces are scenic – natural beauty, cities, buildings, industries – but notably the Queen of Diamonds is Queen Angeline, daughter of the famous Chief Seattle.
The deck has 52 cards plus a terrific Joker. According to the listing at the World Web Playing Card Museum (WWPCM #05668), the deck should have a map, but there is no map here. The cards are wide, measuring 88mm x 63mm, with gold gilt around. The cards come in the original telescope type box.
The cards are in very good used condition, with perhaps 25% of the gold gilt remaining, and with general evidence of handling and use; the Ace of clubs has a slight paper loss at one corner (separately pictured). The box is in no better than good condition, still structurally intact, but with foxing, soiling and wear, and tears developing along one edge of the front.
Reference: Dawson, The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, p.261, S68.
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