Attractive glamour deck of cards made by Universal Playing Card Co. c.1940s, featuring the image of what appears to be a theatre or film star of the time. The World Web Playing Card Museum indicates that the picture is a young Barbara Stanwyck, but I have my doubts. When I looked for possibilities, she appeared to me to look like a young Margaret Lockwood, but I don't know much of anything about her. The deck is very interesting because it is square cornered with unfinished, heavy stock – unusual for a deck this recent. It appears to have been cut by hand from a larger sheet, as the cards are not an exactly uniform size. There are 52 cards, plus 1 standard Universal Joker, plus a backed contract bridge scoring card. The cards are slightly larger and wider than bridge size, measuring approximately 91mm x 61mm. There is no box.
The cards are in very good condition, lightly soiled in a couple of places, but otherwise without issues; the insert scoring card is more than lightly soiled, and is separately pictured.
Reference: Lodge, The Standard English Pattern, p.42, U2.
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