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US MILITARY PLAYING CARDS:  These decks of standard playing cards were given to the soldiers in the forward areas, hospitals, and rest centers as a form of recreation, and provided in at least two formats: the regular 52 card decks and in the special pinochle 48 card decks as well a popular card game in the first half of the 20th Century. 

Not commonly found, I have the following decks available, described with photographs below:

 

MILITARY SEA TRANSPORTATION SERVICE PLAYING CARDS:  The Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) was created in 1949 in an effort to consolidate and streamline the method of transporting US Military personnel and equipment overseas.  The US Army transferred their fleet of cargo and transport vessels to the MSTS, which fell under the umbrella of the US Navy.   

Given the date of the creation of the MSTS, this deck of cards likely dates from the Korean War era.  This set of regular playing cards is complete with the correct cards and suits with all 52 cards present plus the Joker cards.  The outer box shows very little wear and the deck of cards is in like new condition and does not appear to have been used.

While the soldiers would have obtained these cards aboard ship during their transit overseas, it is almost certain they kept them upon disembarking and put them to use in the field.  This is an unusual piece to add to your GI display.   $25

 

RED CROSS PLAYING CARDS:  While these Red Cross Decks were known to have been available as early as World War Two in this exact same format with the same package labeling, this particular deck bears the date of November 21, 1952, likely produced in conjunction with the Korean War. 

This set of regular playing cards is complete with the correct cards and suits with all 52 cards present plus the Joker cards.  The outer box shows some wear however the deck of cards is in like new condition and does not appear to have been used, and the Red Cross paper tape seal is still present on the top of the box.     

This is an unusual piece to add to your GI display.  SOLD

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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