Angel “Ridgid” Pin-Up Playing Cards, Ridge Tool Company, c.1975-1980Angel “Ridgid” Pin-Up Playing Cards, Ridge Tool Company, c.1975-1980Angel “Ridgid” Pin-Up Playing Cards, Ridge Tool Company, c.1975-1980Angel “Ridgid” Pin-Up Playing Cards, Ridge Tool Company, c.1975-1980Angel “Ridgid” Pin-Up Playing Cards, Ridge Tool Company, c.1975-1980

Founded in 1923, Ridge Tool Company of Ohio makes and distributes hand tools under the Ridgid brand name; it is currently a subsidiary of Emerson Electric. Since 1935, Ridge has published a pin-up calendar, the Ridgid Calendar. In the early years the calendar featured illustrations by famous pin-up artist George Petty, but since approximately 1960 it has transitioned to photographs of live models. Some famous models/actresses have appeared in the now-famous calendar, including Raquel Welch (1964).

This deck of cards was made by Angel Playing Card Company of Japan to advertise Ridgid tools, and my guess is that the photograph on the backs is one that was used in a Ridgid Calendar of the time. Based on the look of the model, I would have guessed that the deck was in the late 1960s or early 1970s, but since Angel Playing Card Company was founded in 1975, I am dating it to the last years of that decade. FWIW, this is the only conventional advertising pin-up deck I have ever seen made for an American company by one of the major Japanese card makers, and I think this deck is quite unusual for that reason. [Nintendo has made pin-up decks with photographs for Suntory, the Japanese brewer].

The deck has 52 suited cards, plus 2 standard Angel jokers. The cards are bridge size, measuring 89mm x 58mm, and come in the original box.

The cards and box are “as new.”

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Item ID: T00003336

Angel “Ridgid” Pin-Up Playing Cards, Ridge Tool Company, c.1975-1980

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