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The Union Playing Card Company made a number of themed card decks in the 19th century. To cater to Northerners during the Civil War, the company replaced the traditional hearts, spades, clubs and diamonds with eagles, stars, shields and American flags. Decks made for the Southern market exchanged traditional suits with Southern generals or cabinet members. Civil War soldiers often broke the monotony of camp life by playing draw poker, cribbage, euchre, faro, keno, twenty-one, and seven-up.


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Union Playing Card

creator   American Card Company
date   1862
location   New York
process/materials   paper
accession #   #1978.41a

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