Miscellaneous

Other Games

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The Company or others put out a few card decks, or materials relating to use of regular playing cards, that were for other games. There is a quite old Household Words deck that has a Coca Cola card. From other cards in the deck, it appears to be from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and to date as far back as the 1920s. There is a more recent rummy set from 1984, with an Enjoy Coca-Cola red background. This was used for employees and had tips on merchandising. Note the Pepsi penalty card reference. There is a sports trivia deck, with an Enjoy Coca-Cola logo, probably from the 1970s. And there is a repeated pattern white Enjoy Coca-Cola on a red background Trivia deck, also likely dating to the 1970s. Finally, there is an interesting football game to be played with playing cards. Note the complex rules, which would probably discourage anyone from actually playing!

Other Soda Decks

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These pictures are of decks for other soda brands, including 7Up and Dr. Pepper. Note that a number of these decks use the same images as are used in some of the Coca-Cola decks, such as the green and red decks with gold and black bars and the eagle military image. This indicates that these were stock decks designed by the manufacturer, which then sold them to specific advertisers and added the wording requested by that advertiser.

Advertising Price List Material

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I have five items from various Advertising Price Lists pictured here. The first is from a manual dating to the late 1960s, I believe. These manuals were typically used over several years with updated material constantly inserted. This particular red manual had the girl with bowling ball and the girl with bridge cards decks available. No pricing information was actually in this manual. The second is from the early 1960s as best I can tell, and features the surfer boy and girl and the man and woman by the fireside decks. The pricing is available and the decks came in packages of 72 and were forty-four cents a deck to the bottler. The third dates to 1943 and shows both the operator and nurse score pads, as well as aircraft spotter versions of these decks. The autumn leaves and stewardess decks were also listed. Packaging was the standard 72 decks, at a cost of $47.52 for the entire package. It is not specified here that any non-spotter nurse or operator decks were included in the package and as I noted in the discussion of these decks, like most they were produced over a long period of time and I suspect that after the war the Company stopped making an aircraft spotter version. The fourth picture is of a 1945 price list and shows the autumn leaves and stewardess decks only, again 72 deck packages at the same price. Since the war was winding down by now, that may explain why the operator and nurse decks are not listed. The final picture was from a manual insert dated February 1960 which listed the skater and beach girl decks, once again in the 72 decks to a package format and at forty-four cents a deck.

Posters

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Next are two small cardboard posters which promote the wheat decks. The orange background poster is much more common than the white one.

Ads

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There are several ads from magazines or newspapers which have a theme related to card games and some of these are shown in this picture.

Bridge Digest

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This picture shows the front and back of a small bridge instruction booklet put out by The Coca Cola Company and authored by renowned expert Charles van Doren.

Score Pads and Tally Cards

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Game Set

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This is a World War II era box set of various games, which includes two decks of cards, the nurse and phone operator in the aircraft spotter versions, and also includes some score pads. At one point I had a printer’s plate for the box cover and part of the picture shows a picture of that plate and some information about it.

Dealing Aids

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Next are some interesting bridge hand dealing aids, made of metal. I found them with the cards in them as you see.

Salesman's Roundup

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This next photo is of an interesting set of cards used in sales training. The cards are all aces of spades and detail various sales issues or methods. A piece of material about the deck is also included.

Trump Indicators

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Finally, this is a set of glass trump indicators used for bridge play.