Kem playing cards dating
They are still in use in large index packs and have been copied by Copag for many years.
Above: US1.1, redrawn JD, c.1895 onwards US1 was used by other US makers such as American Playing Card Co, Kalamazoo, which in turn ended up as part of USPCC some time after 1915.(Thanks to Tom Dawson for confirming my assumptions.)The next set of courts took US3 as a basis and turned the usual six courts resulting in US4.
Ordinary sources are stationery shops, but these will normally be standard (though one can be pleasantly surprised sometimes when an unusual deck is found there).
The various societies carry announcements of available decks and advertisements by dealers.
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 the cards their distinctive texture, snap and handle.
During World War II, USPCC manufactured spotter cards so soldiers can identify enemy units and cooperated with the U. Government in creating clandestine decks given to POWs; these cards could be moistened and peeled apart to reveal escape maps.The cards could withstand the humidity of jungle weather and were less affected by desert sand and grit. In fact, KEM'S red and blue arrow design is arguably the most well-known card design in the world and has become an icon for poker players across the globe.This design was features in the 1998 movie “Rounders” in which Matt Damon battled John Malkovich in an underground card room in New York City.The APCC cards were somewhat more crudely drawn than their R&M counterparts.Above: US1 by American PCCo, whist size, c.1910However, there is also a R&M version of US1 in which the JD is turned normally, but is not like the JD of US1.1, and the KC and QD look more like those of Goodall's design; this I designate US1.2.