Congress playing cards dating
At first special non-standard decks were made by artists, for the courts in Europe.
By the 17th century special educational or practical decks, like geographical decks showing regional or global maps, were being made.
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Congress was the most expensive of the first four brands introduced by the company in 1881, when it was still known as Russell, Morgan, and Co. Congress is currently the USPCC's signature brand name for bridge cards and accessories.
The more antique and vintage decks that are found the more we can tell about the history of playing cards and the “fashions” in their development.Congress was printed under two stocks: their standard No. Congress cards come in an assortment of back designs.Each Congress deck consists of the 52 standard cards, two jokers, and an information card describing bridge scoring.There were collectors of antique decks only, collectors of Dutch decks only, collectors of non-standard decks with certain topics.But there were also collectors of single cards only: joker collectors and collectors of advertising backs, mostly with preferences for certain topics like airlines, tobacco, or beer only.
Besides that we would still collect all kinds of non-standard decks too, with only one parameter: that we would both like the designs.