Bicentennial Playing Cards, Historic Flags, 6 Decks c.1976Bicentennial Playing Cards, Historic Flags, 6 Decks c.1976Bicentennial Playing Cards, Historic Flags, 6 Decks c.1976Bicentennial Playing Cards, Historic Flags, 6 Decks c.1976Bicentennial Playing Cards, Historic Flags, 6 Decks c.1976

Wonderful set of 6 decks issued as part of the nation's bicentennial celebration in 1976. The backs of the 6 decks depict 6 different historic flags dating to the time of the American Revolution, as follows:

1775: Bunker Hill Flag ("Pine Tree Flag") that was said to have flown over the Colonial forces at the Battle of Bunker Hill.

1775: Culpeper Flag ("Coiled Rattlesnake"), the flag of the Culpeper (Va.) Minute Men, with a coiled rattlesnake, a symbol found on the flags of many Southern Colonies during the Revolutionary War.

1775: Washington's Cruiser Flag, the flag flown by Washington's squadron of six cruisers, before the adoption of the Grand Union Flag.

1776: Grand Union Flag, the first flag of the Continental Army, known also in history as the Continental Flag, Congress Flag, Cambridge Flag, Great Union Flag, and First Navy Ensign.

1777: First National Flag, pursuant to the first Flag Act passed by Congress on June 14, 1777.

1777: Bennington Flag, carried by Colonial forces at the Battle of Bennington on August 16, 1777.

All 6 of these decks are still sealed. However, from a set of these cards that I have previously owned, I believe that the decks were made by United States Playing Card Co., and that each is a full 52-card deck, with 2 Jokers, a backed insert card describing the deck's Flag, and an unbacked insert card that is both an aid to bridge scoring and an advertisement.

The cards measure 90mm x 58mm, standard bridge size. The 6 decks are housed in a striking box, with commemorative fabric to the underside of the lid, and a slotted bottom to separate and hold the decks. The box is in excellent condition, "as new" or very nearly so.

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Item ID: T00002530

Bicentennial Playing Cards, Historic Flags, 6 Decks c.1976

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