Wonderful deck that was published (and made?) in 1986 by Wiskur & Co., Inc., promoting “Dollywood,” Dolly Parton’s theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
For those who are not familiar with the park, this introduction to the article on it in Wikipedia will convey a sense of its size and scope today:
“Dollywood is an amusement park jointly owned by entertainer Dolly Parton and Herschend Family Entertainment. It is located in the Knoxville-Smoky Mountains metroplex in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Hosting nearly 3 million guests in a typical season – mid-March to the Christmas holidays – Dollywood is the biggest ticketed tourist attraction in Tennessee.
“In addition to standard amusement park thrill rides, Dollywood features traditional crafts and music of the Smoky Mountain area. The park hosts a number of concerts and musical events each year, including appearances by Dolly Parton and her family as well as other national and local musical acts. It is also the site of the Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame.
“The theme park is the anchor of Parton's 150-acre (61 ha) Dollywood amusement destination, which also includes the 35-acre (14 ha) sister water park Dollywood's Splash Country, the 20-acre (8.1 ha) Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa, and the 5-acre (2.0 ha) Dolly Parton's Stampede Dinner Attraction.”
By any measure, the park has been a huge success.
The deck listed here was published in 1986, the first year that Parton became involved with the property and the first year that the park opened as “Dollywood.” Each card has a different photograph of Parton and/or some aspect of the park. The deck has 52 suited cards, plus 2 Jokers. The cards are bridge size, measuring 89mm x 57mm, and come in the original plastic box.
The cards are mint, removed from their wrapper to be inspected and photographed for listing in this shop. The box is in excellent condition. For fans of Dolly Parton, this is the deck to have.
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Wiskur & Co., Inc. “Dollywood” Playing Cards, c.1986