This simplified version of the Bicycle ace of spades
with no mention of Russell & Morgan Factories was issued in 1900. This deck was printed with
redesigned pips and face cards, an elegant slender sans serif font for the card numbers and initials,
along with a slightly simplifed version of the Jester Hat Joker of US8b. US8d jokers have cross-hatching
for the grass and shrubs, while the similar US8b and US8aa jokers have a more naturalistic grass
and shrubbery. This Ace was not used for a long period, perhaps only a few years. Many different
Bicycle decks were issued from 1910 to 1925 but always with the US8c Ace and corresponding joker.
Five US8d back designs were issued with a special box
that included a small image of the back design printed in green ink inside the flap, along with the
name of the back:
Auto No. 1
Auto No. 2
Autobike No. 1 (this page shows an example of the box)
Automobile No. 1
Motorcycle No. 1
Two interesting variations of the US8d ace have surfaced recently,
both "Copyrighted 1900" and issued as special aces for the "Locomobile" back designs, later called
"Auto No. 1" and "Auto No. 2." Examples of both are paired with the Locomobile box, below.
The last image, below, is of a box consistent in
style with boxes typically found with US8 or US8a decks inside. The one pictured is paired with
a gold edged US8d deck, which illustrates that there are many odd combinations of cards and boxes
out there, some the result of collectors pairing orphans, and others the result of packaging
decisions at the original source. Hard to say which accounts for this one, but the presence of a
GE deck suggests that this may well have been a factory decision.