Excellent set of Alaska souvenir cards, probably made by United States Playing Card Co. for publisher Puget Sound News Co., featuring scenic early photographs of Alaska and its people and wildlife. According to Dawson/Hochman the cards were made c.1910. However, Dawson/Hochman also notes that the cards have “Type E” inset photo scenes – rectangular in shape with rounded corners – and that “Type E” photo scenes first appeared in about 1915. Moreover, on the Ace of Spades there is a number that appears to be a USPC# (i.e., K1909). If it is a USPC#, then these cards were probably made in 1928. Perhaps the correct date for these Puget Sound Alaska souvenir cards is actually a bit later than 1910. Or, perhaps there were successive printings over the years, and this is a later printing.
There are 52 cards; there is no joker. They are wide, measuring 89mm x 63mm, with gold gilt around. They come in the original telescope type box.
The cards are in superb condition, “as new” or nearly so, with all gold gilt intact. The box is in excellent condition, with only minor signs of age and wear to the outer box.
Reference: Dawson, The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, p.254, S2
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