Monday, June 15, 2020

My great-grandfather's personalized playing cards

These days, you can get a personalized deck of playing cards for, what, about $15? A little less? Print-on-demand services make it easy peasy.

But I'm guessing that, in the middle of the 20th century, personalized cards were a bit more of a luxury item. My great-grandfather, Howard Horsey Adams (1892-1985) had several decks, all like this one. I kept one of them when we cleaned out the house on Oak Crest Lane. They have a bit of Art Deco flair, with his initials HHA becoming nearly symmetrical.

I have no idea who the manufacturer might have been. Or why I'm keeping them at this point. I play cards approximately twice a decade. I have this deck and the cultural awareness playing cards. I should definitely stop there.

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