Mint twin decks of “Guild” playing cards, a brand made by Western Printing and Lithographing Co. One of the decks is still in its wrapper. The other came to me with a loose wrapper that permitted inspection and photographing of the cards, and make it possible to identify the brand. Each deck includes a bridge scoring insert card that identifies the deck as a Western brand and is dated 1935. Each deck has a $.10 tax stamp, dating it prior to 1940, and so the date of the bridge card is probably very close to the date decks were made. It is worth noting that the Joker is remarkably similar (but not quite identical) to a Joker used by Brown & Bigelow in its “Fortuna Quality” brand, shown at the Dawson/Hochman Encyclopedia as MSN17. [The Joker is also very similar to a logo used by Modiano, the Italian card maker, on its Aces of Hearts and boxes].
Each deck has 52 suited cards, plus the Guild Joker and Western bridge scoring card noted. The cards are bridge size, measuring 89mm x 58mm, with gold gilt around. There is no box. It is possible that these decks were once housed in a double deck box. I am calling them twin decks here.
One deck is mint and sealed. One deck is mint, removed from its wrapper to be inspected and photographed for this listing.
Reference: (for the “Fortuna Quality” Joker): Dawson, The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, p.154, MSN17
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