Excellent set of wonderful souvenir cards made by John J. Callaghan of Chicago, titled “O’Callaghan’s Souvenir Playing Cards of the City of Chicago.” The cards have a “triplicate” type feature, as the value of each card is shown by an insert – actually an insert ½ card – in the upper left and lower right corners of each card. These insert ½ cards are superimposed over the scenic photographs on each card. The deck is accompanied by an 18-page booklet describing the scenes portrayed on the cards.
The deck has 52 suited cards, plus 1 Joker with delightful “insert” cards, plus an extra card in which O’Callaghan asserts his intellectual property rights. As noted, there is an accompanying booklet. 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 condition, lightly used if at all, with almost all gold gilt intact. The booklet is also in excellent condition, without issues of any kind. The inner box is in excellent condition, but the outer box is in no better than good condition, with general wear, some soiling, and a sizeable abrasion on the front.
Reference: Dawson, The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, p.258, S43
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