Excellent set of delightful political cards with a women’s liberation theme, titled “Queen High Equality Deck,” made c.1971 by United States Playing Card Company, its “de Ville" brand. It has non-standard courts with female jacks. The Queen is the high ranking card.
The deck has 52 cards, plus 2 standard de Ville Jokers, plus an unbacked card introducing the deck. The extra card says, “A New Deck for a New Deal,” and then says: “Why play with a male-dominated deck? In the Equality Deck, the Jack is no longer a prince – the name is Jackie and she’s a princess. And, of course, the Queen is high” The cards are bridge size, measuring 89mm x 57mm. They come in a plastic box that is not original.
The cards are in excellent condition, “as new” or very nearly so. The box has a crack and is flimsy; the cards have been priced as if there was no box.
Reference: Dawson, The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, p.229, P11.
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