The United States Playing Card Company, established in 1867, produces and distributes many brands of playing cards, including Bicycle, Bee, Hoyle, Kem, and others, plus novelty and custom cards, and other playing card accessories such as poker chips. Morgan, recruited a talented, young inventor from New York named Samuel J. changed its name to the United States Printing Company.The company was once based in Cincinnati, Ohio, but is now headquartered in the Cincinnati suburb of Erlanger, Kentucky. Murray, whose patented inventions increased the output of cards at the company's Norwood, Ohio plant fourfold and cut labor costs by 66 percent. The playing card business was successful enough that it was spun off as a separate business in 1894, as The United States Playing Card Company.
KEM Cards began producing playing cards during the first half of the 1930s.
The company’s proprietary manufacturing methods gave KEM cards the enviable title of the first mass-produced plastic playing card.
In 1930, USPCC subsidiaries Consolidated Card Co., Standard Playing Card Co., and Andrew Dougherty are merged into Consolidated-Dougherty which continues to produce cards from all three brands including Bee and Tally-Ho.
Meanwhile, the company would itself be acquired several times in its history: starting with Diamond International in 1969, Jessup & Lamont in 1982, Frontenac in 1989, and then a return to self-ownership in 1994 before finally becoming a subsidiary of Newell.
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Above: Consolidated-Dougherty use of US3, c.1930Although the Planet pack has an anonymous AS, the remains of the 10c tax stamp show AD in red.Made of cellulose acetate, KEM cards were bendable, washable and retained their shape long after paper-based cards had withered and died.KEM's unique polymer gave the cards their distinctive texture, snap and handle.The same year, it began its history of acquiring smaller playing card manufacturers when it acquired the Standard Playing Card Company, the Perfection Playing Card Company, and the New York Consolidated Card Company (makers of Bee and innovators of the "squeezer" card identifications in the corners: a design still in use today).Acquisitions continued throughout its history: Andrew Dougherty in 1907 (adding Tally-Ho), Russell Playing Card Co. A in 1986, Arrco (formerly Arrow) Playing Card Company in 1987, Hoyle Products in 2001, and finally KEM Playing Cards in 2004.Note that we are not necessarily advocating their services; they advertise in the specialised journals read by collectors: Name: Games et al Prop: Ann and John Sings (reads/writes French) Address: P O Box 29 Norfolk NR28 9NQ England Tel: 44 1 692 650 496 Fax: 44 8 E-mail: [email protected]: Somerville (Playing Cards) Prop: Roderick Somerville (reads/writes French, Italian, reads Spanish) Address: Place de la Mairie F-31420 Alan FRANCE Tel: 33 (0)5 61 98 76 61 Fax: 33 (0)5 61 98 76 10 E-mail: Roderick [email protected] Web: Somervilles deals in new cards and now has around 2,000 packs in stock from all over the world.