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Double Deck USPC (Congress) Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad “Count on Katy” Railroad Playing Cards, “Umbrella Girl” and “Flower Girl” -- 100th Anniversary Commemoration, c.1965
Mint, sealed (cards, not box) double deck set of cards made by United States Playing Card Company c.1965, its Congress brand, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas railroad, the first railroad to enter Texas from the north. The backs feature an attractive model in two different guises – on one deck in a dress appropriate to the earliest years of the railroad (called “Umbrella Girl” in Bollhagen) and one with a more casual contemporary look (called “Flower Girl” in Bollhagen).
I assume that each deck has 52 suited cards plus 2 Jokers; the Jokers are standard Congress jokers which leads me to believe that all of the cards are standard Congress cards. The cards are bridge size, measuring 89mm x 58mm, and they come in the original box.
As noted, the cards are mint and sealed. The box is in good, perhaps very good, condition, with clean sample cards, but with wear at the edges and sides and “dents” to the lid.
Reference: Bollhagen, The Great Book of Railroad Playing Cards, p.103, MKT-8, MKT-9
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