Complete set of the Aluminum cards made c.1901 by Aluminum Mfg. Co., and handed out by the company at the Pan American Exposition, a World’s Fair held in Buffalo that year. The Exposition is probably most remembered today because President McKinley was assassinated at its Temple of Music This is the first known set of aluminum cards made. The backs, Joker and Ace of Spades show an American bison, the symbol of the Exposition.
The deck is complete with 52 cards, plus a Joker. The cards are wide, measuring 88mm x 63mm. The cards were distributed at the Exposition in a special aluminum case, but this set does not have the case.
The cards are in very good condition, except for the Joker, which has dents. It is nearly impossible to remove dents and creases from these antique aluminum cards.
Reference: Dawson, The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, p.250, SX19; p.295, O1.
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