overall: 10 cm x 7.8 cm x 2 cm; 3 15/16 in x 3 1/16 in x 13/16 in
United States: Wisconsin, Racine
Sports & Leisure
A set of playing cards, probably made of celluloid, contained in an alligator-patterned two-part faux leather case. Pockets on either side of the case contain a game marker. The markers have celluloid discs that indicate "Trump," "Games," and "Points." The cards were manufactured by W. P. Co. of Racine, Wis. They picture an avenue lined with palm trees.
W. P. Co. was the Western Printing Company, also known as the Western Printing and Lithograph Company, the name under which it was incorporated in 1910.
The company did a variety of commercial printing from stationery and paper goods to games, puzzles, books, and comic books. It is best known as the publisher and printer of Little Golden Books in partnership with Simon and Schuster.
FROM CARD: "CONTAINS SEVERAL HUNDREDS OF PLAYING CARDS, SAID TO BE USED BY IAMIMIOS [sic, may be "Daimyos" - alternate spelling Daimios - rather than "Iamimios"?] ONLY. MR. CALKINS WAS AUTHORIZED BY DR. GOODE TO PURCHASE FOR THE MUSEUM. LOANED TO RENWICK 8/6/81. RETURNED 8/1983."