American Civil War Era Cards
A facsimile of a deck of cards originally printed by Lawrence and Cohen, they include square-cut corners and two ace of spades (The original blue-colored ace with an American eagle, and a more standard-looking ace for people who find the original one confusing) They come packaged in a box printed with a facsimile of the original 1-cent tax stamps with an 1864 cancellation mark. These are a great compromise for people who want a period looking deck, but want the durability of a modern coated deck. They have a coating but with a matte finish so they are not as shiny as some plastic coated decks. Although they are based on an American deck, very similar cards were printed both in England and America. In fact, many early American card printers learned their trade in London, or imported the printing plates from England.
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Lewis I. Cohen formed a company L. I. Cohen, New York and published his first deck of cards in 1832. His insignia, which was also the Ace of Spades, was an Eagle perched atop the suit symbol, enshrined by thirteen shining stars. Although the stars were sometimes omitted.
Cohen's greatest contribution to playing card manufacturing would come in the form of mechanized colour printing. He was a pioneer in the field, and although other came up with similar ideas In 1835 he registered a patent for a color-printing machine that could print four colors in a single impression.