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USPC “Along the C. M. & St. P. Ry—Lake Michigan to Puget Sound” Railroad Playing Cards, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, Van Noy Interstate Publisher, c.1916USPC “Along the C. M. & St. P. Ry—Lake Michigan to Puget Sound” Railroad Playing Cards, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, Van Noy Interstate Publisher, c.1916USPC “Along the C. M. & St. P. Ry—Lake Michigan to Puget Sound” Railroad Playing Cards, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, Van Noy Interstate Publisher, c.1916USPC “Along the C. M. & St. P. Ry—Lake Michigan to Puget Sound” Railroad Playing Cards, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, Van Noy Interstate Publisher, c.1916USPC “Along the C. M. & St. P. Ry—Lake Michigan to Puget Sound” Railroad Playing Cards, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, Van Noy Interstate Publisher, c.1916USPC “Along the C. M. & St. P. Ry—Lake Michigan to Puget Sound” Railroad Playing Cards, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, Van Noy Interstate Publisher, c.1916USPC “Along the C. M. & St. P. Ry—Lake Michigan to Puget Sound” Railroad Playing Cards, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, Van Noy Interstate Publisher, c.1916USPC “Along the C. M. & St. P. Ry—Lake Michigan to Puget Sound” Railroad Playing Cards, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, Van Noy Interstate Publisher, c.1916USPC “Along the C. M. & St. P. Ry—Lake Michigan to Puget Sound” Railroad Playing Cards, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, Van Noy Interstate Publisher, c.1916

Excellent set of “Electric” railroad cards made by USPC and published by Van Noy Interstate Company for Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad. Bollhagen dates the deck c.1916, and the Dawson/Hochman Encyclopedia suggests that they date in the first decade of the 20th century. However, I would note that there is a $.10 tax stamp on the box, canceled in 1925, and this raises a question; however, I am inclined to think that the deck was stamped years after its manufacture. Accordingly, I have adopted Bollhagen’s date, but conceivably the cards were made as much as nine years later. It is a scenic railroad deck with oval photographs on every card.

The deck has 52 suited cards, plus 1 Joker. The cards are wide, measuring 88mm x 63mm, with gold gilt around, and come in the original telescope type box.

The cards are in excellent lightly used condition, with approximately 75% of the gilt intact, except that there is a corner crease on two cards, the 4 of Diamonds and the 2 of Spades (separately pictured). The box is in very good condition, structurally quite sound and without issues, but with some general soiling to the outer box.

References: Dawson, The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, p.265, SR3; Bollhagen, The Great Book of Railroad Playing Cards, p.43, CMSTP-4.

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USPC “Along the C. M. & St. P. Ry—Lake Michigan to Puget Sound” Railroad Playing Cards, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, Van Noy Interstate Publisher, c.1916

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