Mint deck of cards with a Canadian tax stamp canceled by United States Playing Card Company, made by USPC of Canada for “Burnett’s White Satin Gin.” The stamp dates the cards to the period 1915-1928. In 1918 the United States Playing Card Company in Canadian began to operate as the “International Playing Card Company.” If one assumes that in 1918 USPC began to cancel Canadian tax stamps under this new name, then the deck here listed can be fairly reliably dated to the years 1915-1918, and I have done so. However, if USPC continued to cancel Canadian tax stamps under its U.S. name, even after it began to operate as International Playing Card Company, then the deck could date as late as 1928.
The deck has 52 suited cards, including an Ace of Spades unique to this deck, plus 1 unique Joker, plus a Special Recipes card with 2 recipes for gin drinks. The cards are bridge size, measuring 89mm x 57mm, and come in the original telescope type box.
The cards are mint. They are still in the original glassine wrapper with the tax stamp, but the wrapper is loose and vulnerable with parts missing, and the cards could be photographed for this listing.
Reference: Dawson, The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, p.167.
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