Mint, sealed double deck of cards, made by Brown & Bigelow for the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, apparently for sale in the Monticello Gift Shop. The decks each have the large 1 pack tax stamp, which indicates that they were made during the period 1940-1965. One deck has a handsome full length illustration of a young Thomas Jefferson on the backs, and the other deck has a matching illustration for Martha. Incidentally, there are no pictures of Martha Jefferson extant. There is only a side profile illustration, and the image on the backs of her deck is not that illustration. Thus the illustrations used on the backs appear to be original designs for these cards.
The wrapper on the Martha Jefferson deck is loose, and I have determined that these are standard Brown & Bigelow cards, with at least 1 Redi-slip Joker, except that each deck has an insert card visible through the wrapper of each deck describing Monticello and the University of Virginia, respectively. The Martha deck also has an extra card with contract bridge scoring on one side and the rules for Gin Rummy on the other. I assume that the Thomas deck has the same card. The cards are bridge size, measuring 89mm x 58mm, and they come in a Redi-slip box which I assume is original to the cards; however, there is no writing on the box anywhere, as one might expect on a box sold in a gift shop.
As noted, the cards are mint and sealed, but with a loose wrapper on the Martha deck, as noted. The box is also “as new.”
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