Excellent double deck of scarce (Bollhagen, “V5”) railroad cards made by Brown & Bigelow (Redi-Slip brand) c.1940 for the Norfolk and Western Railroad. The backs of the two decks have contrasting colors, but are otherwise the same. They identify the railroad and have the sub-title, “Route of the Pocahontas and ‘Powhatan Arrow,’” names given to trains operated by N&W. I believe that the engine depicted is actually the “Powhatan Arrow,” but I am not certain.
Each deck has 52 suited cards, plus 1 Joker – standard B&B cards of the time. The cards are bridge size, measuring 89mm x 58mm, and come in the original box.
The cards are in very good, lightly used condition, except that there is a corner crease to the Ace of Hearts of the deck with crimson borders, and a very slight corner crease to the Ace of Spades of the deck with green borders; these 2 cards are separately pictured front and back. The box is in very good, with moderate shelf wear to the underside.
Reference: Bollhagen, The Great Book of Railroad Playing Cards, p.116, N&W-1
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Double Deck Brown & Bigelow (Redi-Slip) “Norfolk and Western” Railroad Playing Cards, “Route of the Pocahontas and the ‘Powhatan Arrow’,” c.1940