California Souvenir Playing Cards
c. 1900
3.5 in|3.625 in|3.625 in HIGH x 2.5 in|2.625 in|2.74 in WIDE x .75 in|.875 in DEEP
(8.89 cm|9.21 cm|9.21 cm HIGH x 6.35 cm|6.67 cm|6.96 cm WIDE x 1.90 cm|2.22 cm DEEP)
Gift of the White Elephant Sale

State Flower, California Poppy.

This is a deck of 52 playing cards, one Joker, and one card "Places of Interest." Each of these 54 cards is backed with gray and orange colored motif: center is a black and white rendering of the Great Seal of the State of California, "Eureka," with light orange colored poppies flowing from it. A-BBB: Each card has a different scenic design on its face. For the set of Clubs, staring with the Ace, the scenes are: "Mt. Shasta, 14440 ft.," Oakland Ferry," "Golden Gate," "Greystone Winery, Napa Valley," "University of California," "State Capitol, Sacramento," "Shasta Springs," "Sacramento River," "Yosemite Valley," "Mission San Luis Rey," "Redwood Grove," "Vernal Falls," "Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe." The Diamonds, from Ace to King: "Mt. Tallac, 10,000ft.," "Spring St., Los Angeles," "Point Midway, Monterey" [cypress tree], ""Snow Plow, C.P.R.R.," "Mark Hopkins Institute of Art" [San Francisco], "Palace Hotel" [San Francisco], "Cliff House," "Carquinez Straits at Port Costa," "Cape Horn, C.P.R.R.," "Mission San Gabriel," "Seqoia, Mariposa Grove," "Eagle Cascade, Lake Tahoe," "Lake Tahoe." The Hearts from Ace to King: "Mt. Shasta, 14440 ft.," "Concert, Golden Gate Park," "Seal Rocks, Cliff House" [San Francisco], "Harvesting Wheat, California," "Lick Observatory, Mt. Hamilton," "Hotel del Monte," "Avalon, Santa Catalina Island," "Russian River," "Mt. Lowe Incline," "Mission San Juan Capistrano," "Live Oak," "Yosemite Falls 2630 ft.," "Donner Lake," The Spades from Ace to King: "Mt. Tamalpais," "Interior Snow Sheds," "West Lake Park, Los Angeles in Midwinter," "Palm Avenue, Los Angeles," "Stanford University," "Hotel del Coronado," "Mount Lowe from Pasadena," "Truckee River," "Half Dome, Yosemite Valley," "Santa Barbara Mission," "Monterey Cypress," "Moss Brae Falls," "Fallen Leaf Lake." The Joker features a bear in the center, "California Souvenir Playing Cards," "Copyrighted, 1898-1900, by R. J. Waters. F115." The final card lists "Places of Interest. San Diego.--Hotel del Coronado, San Diego Mission, 1769. Monterey--Hotel del Monte, 18-mile drive, Carmel Mission, 1770. Shasta Route.--Mt. Shasta, Tavern Castle Crags, Shasta Springs, Moss Brae Falls. Pasadena.--Mt. Lowe and Observatory, Baldwin's Ranch, Mt. Lowe Incline. Los Angeles.--Santa Monic, Santa Catalina, Island, Oil Wells, Orange Groves, Riverside, West Side Park, Mission San Juan Capistrano. San Francisco.--Golden Gate Park, Cliff House, Presidio, Mission Dolorea, 1776, U.S. Mint, Chinatown, Union Iron Works. Saucelito.--Mt. Tamalpais Scenic Railway. Mariposa and Calaveras Grove of Big Trees. Yosemite Valley.--El Capitan, Yosemite Falls. Lake Tahoe.--Mt. Tallac, Emerald Bay. C. P. R. R. Route.--Snow Sheds, Donner Lake, Cape Horn. Sacramento.--State Capitol. San Jose.--Mt. Hamilton, Lick Observatory. Palo Alto.--Leland Stanford, Jr., University. Berkeley.--University of California. Santa Barbara.--Mission founded 1786. Santa Cruz.--Felton Big Trees. Napa Valley.--Vineyards and Orchards. Lake County.--Clear Lake and Mineral Springs. Sonoma County.--The Geysers. Mare Island.--U.S. Navy Yard. San Francisco Bay.--Golden Gate, Fort Point, Alcatraz and Angel Islands." "California Souvenir Playing Cards, Copyrighted, 1898, by R. J. Waters, 110 Sutter Street, San Francisco, Cal." CCC: Red slip box into which the deck of cards fits. DDD: Red box, into which CCC is slipped; the back of one of the playing cards is visible on one side of this box (glued into place) while the other side is imprinted in yellow "California Souvenir PLaying Cards, copright, 1898-1900, by R. J. Waters, San Francisco, Cal." A portion of a blue stamp appears on items CCC and DDD.

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