United States Printing Co. (USPn.), c1891.
This Ace, discovered since the original Hochman Encyclopedia was issued, answers the question
of whether the U.S. Printing Co. published Bicycle decks with a USPn. Ace of Spades. The deck
came with the Joker shown below, which is identical to the US8b joker, and very similar to the US8d
joker. I only have one US8aa deck with an original joker, a blue Wheel No. 1.
Finding any back design issued with this ace
is extremely difficult. The US8aa boxes are even harder to find as they were made with a particularly brittle
and acidic cardboard which just gets more fragile with time.
The final image, below, is of a very rare
US8aa box that was presumably issued with a "seconds" quality deck of cards.
Bicycle Seconds were offered through the years,
sometimes with a special ace of clubs or a rubber stamp on the card.
Back Designs Issued in this Style:
21. Cupid (Sod)
56. New Fan
80. Wheel No. 1
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