Publisher: The United States Playing Card Co./Made in U.S.A.
This double deck pack of playing cards advertising the The United States Navy were made by The United States Playing Card Company of Cincinnati, Ohio and come in their own velvet cardboard box that is marked: Congress Playing Cards #606 / Cel-U-Tone Finish.
The United States Playing Card Company, started in 1867, produces and distributes many brands of playing cards, including Bicycle, Bee, Hoyle, Kem, and others, plus novelty and custom cards, and other playing card accessories such as poker chips. The company was once based in Cincinnati, Ohio, but is now headquartered in Erlanger, Kentucky. It has been a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation since 2004.
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The U.S. Navy recognizes 13 October 1775 as the date of the official establishment of the Navy, when the Continental Congress passed a resolution creating the Continental Navy. Soon after the Revolutionary War the ships of the Navy were sold off and the Navy was disbanded. Eleven years later, conflicts between American merchant shipping and pirates in the Mediterranean sea led to the Naval Act of 1794, which created the United States Navy. The original six frigates of the United States Navy were authorized as part of the Act. During the next 20 years the United States Navy fought the French Navy in the Quasi-War, Barbary pirates in the First and Second Barbary Wars, and the British in the War of 1812. After the War of 1812, the Navy was at peace until the Mexican-American war in 1846, and served to combat piracy in the Mediterranean and Caribbean seas, and the slave trade. During this period the United States Naval Academy was founded in 1845. In 1861, the American Civil War began and the United States Navy fought the small Confederate Navy with both sailing ships and ironclad ships while forming a blockade on the confederacy. After the Civil war most of the ships were laid up in reserve and by 1878 the Navy shrank to only 6,000 men.
In 1882, the United States Navy consisted of many outdated ships designs and the ironclad ships were only useful guarding the coast and could not project power overseas. In the next decade Congress approved building multiple modern armoured cruisers and battleships and by the turn of the century the U.S. Navy had moved from twelfth place to fifth place in terms of numbers of ships. After winning two major battles during the Spanish-American War in 1898, the Navy continued to build more ships and by the end of World War I had more men and women in uniform than the Royal Navy. During the 1920s and 1930s, the Navy built several aircraft carriers and modern battleships.
World War II began for the US with the Attack on Pearl Harbor, and over the next 4 years the Navy fought many historic battles including the Battle of the Coral Sea, the Battle of Midway, multiple naval battles during the Guadalcanal Campaign, and the largest naval battle in history, the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Much of the Navy's activity was in support of landings, not only in the island-hopping campaign in the Pacific, but also in the landings in Europe. When the Japanese surrendered, a large flotilla entered Tokyo Bay to witness the ceremony conducted on the battleship Missouri. By the end of the war the U.S. Navy had over 1600 warships.
Both decks have the U.S. Navy commissioned officer hat badge insignia, pre-1941, on them (an Eagle above a shield with 2 criss-crossed anchors behind it) with the words United States Navy.
One deck is black, white and gold and has the #107-9 and the other one is red, white and blue with the #108-9.
Both decks are in used condition, come with 52 cards and 1 joker and they measure 3 1/2 inches by 2 1/4 inches and the box measures 5 1/8 inches by 3 3/4 inches.
An addition to any Military Playing Card Collection.
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