Mint, sealed (cards, not box) double deck set of “Guild” playing cards, a brand published by the Artists and Writers Guild (“AWG”). AWG was formed in the 1930s by Western Printing and Lithographing Co. (“WP&L”), primarily to develop new children’s books. At that time, Western Playing Card Co., a subsidiary of WP&L was already in business, and the exact reason why AWG would get involved in playing card activities when Western already had a playing card subsidiary is very unclear. To complicate matters a bit further, the tax stamps of these decks were canceled by AWG, but the extra card promoting AWG that shows through the cellophane gives as its address the headquarters of Brown & Bigelow at Quality Park in St. Paul, Minnesota WP&L. [See also, this shop, #T00007417 -- tax stamp canceled by B&B].

Presumably, each deck has 52 suited cards, plus the Guild Joker, and the AWG extra card noted, that shows through the cellophane. The cards are bridge size, measuring 89mm x 58mm, with gold gilt around. They come in the original double deck Guild box.

As noted, the cards are mint and sealed. The box is in very good condition, structurally sound, but with light dusting/soiling and minor shelf wear.

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Double Deck Artists and Writer’s Guild “Guild” Playing Cards, Art Deco “Polo Players” Design, Maker Unknown, c.1935


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