In the Stacks: Playing Cards at the Beinecke
One of the most extensive collections of playing cards ever assembled resides at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.
The “nonstandard” cards include subjects like: Advertisement, Cartomancy, Education, History, Humor, and Souvenir types, many not intended to be played.
Here is an introduction to the collection from Volume 1 of the 4 volume catalogue of the Cary Collection of Playing Cards in the Yale University Library by William B. Keller. (New Haven: Yale University Library, 1981).
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The National Archives