Extraordinary set of cards made by Consolidated Litho and Mfg. Co. of Montreal c.1926, to advertise a popular Montreal newspaper of the time, “La Patrie.” It includes the Joker that was commonly used in Consolidated Litho decks of the 1910s. This precise deck is shown in the Dawson/Hochman Encyclopedia as an early Consolidated Litho deck with “Ad Backs.”
The deck has 52 cards, plus the Joker noted, plus an extra card in French with Auction Bridge scoring on one side, and 500 scoring on the other. The cards are wide, measuring 89mm x 63mm. They came to me in a “wallet” type of holder that was popular in the early 20th century. The holder featured a metal piece with prongs, and the cards were inserted between the prongs and held by them, while the “wallet” snaps shut.
The problem with this type of “wallet” holder is that it damages the cards. The holding prongs rub against the cards that are inserted between them. This is true here. The deck is mint, except for slight abrasions caused by the packaging. These abrasions are not particularly visible, but you can feel them. Three cards have been affected: the right side of the Joker, and the left sides of the Club and Heart Aces (separately pictured). It is a shame, because this is otherwise a beautiful early Canadian deck in superb condition; the deck has been priced taking this problem into account. The case itself is worn. It will travel with the cards, but the cards are no longer stored within it.
Reference: Dawson, The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, p. 170, “Ad Backs”
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