Mint, sealed set of the "Military Fortune Tellers" cards, made by H.V. Loring of Chicago. Fournier dates the deck to 1916, while Dawson/Hochman Encylopedia shows 1918 as the year it was made. In any event, the deck is both a "new suits" deck and a fortune telling deck, and it pays homage to the military. The black suits are blue and have Doves and Bells as suit symbols; the symbols for the red suits are Stars and Hearts. Soldiers, Nurses and Sailors replace Kings, Queens and Jacks and Aces are replaced by Aviatrixes. On the box, there are 2 tax stamps, because the deck has more than 52 cards. The deck listed is still “sealed” in the box by one of those tax stamps, which is not broken. The pictures of the faces are from an open deck, but the last 2 pictures show the actual deck for sale in this listing.
The deck is complete at 56 cards. It never had jokers, but it has 1s as well as Aces in each suit. The cards are wide, measuring 88mm x 63mm, and come in the original box.
As noted, the cards are mint and sealed by one of tax stamps (unbroken) in the box. The box is quite clean, but with generalized shelf wear.
References: Dawson, The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, pp. 222 and 290; W27 and NS7; Fournier, Playing Cards, North America 111.
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