Double Deck USPC (E. Errett Smith) “Contoura” Playing Cards, Convex Shape, Jane Mensch Designs, c.1940Double Deck USPC (E. Errett Smith) “Contoura” Playing Cards, Convex Shape, Jane Mensch Designs, c.1940Double Deck USPC (E. Errett Smith) “Contoura” Playing Cards, Convex Shape, Jane Mensch Designs, c.1940Double Deck USPC (E. Errett Smith) “Contoura” Playing Cards, Convex Shape, Jane Mensch Designs, c.1940Double Deck USPC (E. Errett Smith) “Contoura” Playing Cards, Convex Shape, Jane Mensch Designs, c.1940

Excellent double deck set of barrel shaped cards made c.1940 by USPC affiliate, E. Errett Smith, called “Contoura.” Apparently designed by a Jane Mensch, the Dawson/Hochman Encyclopedia observes that the convex shape has “no practical advantages.” It should be noted that in 1939, a Finnish card maker, Abo Stentryckeri, made a barrel shaped set of cards, called “Turun Linna,” also known as “Turku Castle.” These “Contoura” cards may be a USPC response to those well-known cards.

Each deck has 52 cards, plus 2 Jokers. As noted, the cards are barrel-shaped, measuring 89mm x 57mm (middle) and x 37mm (ends). The cards are housed in the original box.

The cards are in excellent lightly used condition, with edge wear, and with a slight stain to the back of one of the diamond Kings. The box is also in excellent condition, with slight indentations to the lid, and a slight hole in the interior tray.

Reference: Dawson, The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, p.300, O27

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Double Deck USPC (E. Errett Smith) “Contoura” Playing Cards, Convex Shape, Jane Mensch Designs, c.1940

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