Steamboat Playing Cards Set
Steamboat Playing Cards Set
Steamboat Playing Cards Set
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Steamboat Playing Cards Set

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Steamboat
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This set consists of 1 red and 1 blue steamboat playing cards. This is not the reprint edition by Dan and Dave.  Note: Blue deck has minor ding. Sold as is.

Owing to the romantic appeal of gambling on the Mississippi river, from the 1870s onwards many American playing card manufacturers added “Steamboats” to their range, differentiated by a number, such as 99 or 999. There do not appear to have been any copyright restrictions or patent laws covering the use of the name “Steamboats” as various manufacturers had this brand in their range. This is not the case with other brands such as “Bicycle” or “Bee”. “Steamboats” tended to be the cheaper end of the range, often but not always produced in a rudimentary quality. The theme of steamboats navigating up and down the Mississippi also extended to the cotton plantations alongside the river and to African American people employed therein who were sometimes depicted on the special Joker card. Times have changed and these cards are now documentary evidence of a past era of history.