United States Playing Card Co. - Specimen Stock Certificate - Gambling AmericanaInv# SE1375 Specimen Stock
Specimen; Rare Topic! Printed by American Bank Note Co.
The United States Playing Card Company (USPC, though also commonly known as USPCC) is a large American producer and distributor of playing cards. It was established in 1867 as Russell, Morgan & Co. and founded in its current incarnation in 1885. Its many brands include Bicycle, Bee, Tally-Ho, Congress, Aviator, Aristocrat, Mohawk, Maverick, KEM, Hoyle and Fournier. It also produces novelty and custom playing cards, and other playing card accessories such as poker chips. For decades the company was based in Cincinnati, Ohio, but is now headquartered in the Cincinnati suburb of Erlanger, Kentucky as of 2009.
In December 2019, The United States Playing Card Company became a subsidiary of Belgian card manufacturer Cartamundi.
The company was founded in 1867 as Russell, Morgan & Co., a printing company, which originally specialized in printing posters for traveling circuses. In 1881, Colonel Robert J. Morgan, recruited a talented, young inventor from New York named Samuel J. Murray, whose patented inventions increased the output of cards at the company's Norwood, Ohio plant fourfold and cut labor costs by 66 percent. Murray also created a two-sided enameling machine. Read more at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Playing_Card_Company
Stock and Bond Specimens are made and usually retained by a printer as a record of the contract with a client, generally with manuscript contract notes such as the quantity printed. Specimens are sometimes produced for use by the printing company's sales team as examples of the firmís products. These are usually marked "Specimen" and have no serial numbers.