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1951 Magnolia Flower Design Kem Double Deck of Playing Cards in Orig. Leatherette Case
A vintage set of magnolia flower design double deck playing cards in the original leatherette hinged top case. The case is in a dark burgundy color with a gold tone design of the queens & kings centered on the top. There are 2 decks of cards inside. One deck has a darker coral backing with a pretty white magnolia flower with green leaves. The other is in a mustard yellow color with pretty burgundy color magnolia flowers & leaves on the back. There is a directions sheet on how to take care of your Kem cards with a date of 1951. The inside of the case has a yellow satin overall. Both the decks & case are in excellent condition, there is a minute ding to the top of the case, otherwise perfect - see photos for detail. Approx.: (Case): 1 2/8"D X 4 1/2"L X 4"W.; (Cards): 3 1/2"L X 2 1/4"W. Unmarked!
Kem Cards began production of playing cards during the first half of the 1930s. The company's proprietary manufacturing methods gave Kem cards the enviable title of the first mass produced plastic playing card. Made of cellulose acetate, Kem cards were bendable, washable, and retained their shape long after paper based cards had withered and died. Kem's unique polymer gave Kem cards their distinctive texture, snap, and handle. Unlike other cards, Kem cards were able to withstand the occasional spilled beer, making them an instant hit with seasoned poker players. Kem cards gained substantial popularity during the Second World War as troops gathered together in barracks across Europe to play stud, draw, and other poker games. The cards could withstand the humidity of jungle weather, and were less effected by desert sand and grit.
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