Primrose Playing Cards

Returning to reviews I have been looking for something really unique to show to you guys.

And I think I found it.

I  held off on this review to try and get some more information on the deck to tell you guys. Sadly, even with my contacts I was unable to secure very much information. What I was able to find out was that this deck was produced in Windsor, Ontario at the old International Playing Card Company manufacturing plant.

It’s odd to see a deck like this from the IPC without any USPC markings on it anywhere and that’s why my contact at IPC couldn’t find much information about the deck itself.


Let’s take a look at the deck. First the tuck box. It’s very simple in red in white. The Primrose logo along with Playing Cards can be found on the front and back. There is a lovely blue tax stamp on the deck as well though as you can see from my pictures it has been worn like the tuck itself.

Opening the tuck box flap we are greeted with “Made in Canada” and then the cards. Sliding them out, well wrestling them out is a bit more apt. These cards are not very slippery. In fact they are smooth but slightly abrasive.


The first card we see is the Ace of Spades. The Spade itself is very unique and I quite like it. The only indication of when this deck was produced is the “49 23” which I believe means the 23rd week of 1949. I could be wrong and I have no way to substantiate it but it would be my best guess.


Working our way through the deck the pips and court card designs are typical of the Arrco style which I actually really like. I wish more decks used this style. This deck is unique in that it comes with a blank faced card. This is different to see in an old deck but I assume this was the easiest way to replace a card in the deck rather than the standard USPC way of mailing the Ace of Spades with the guarantee card to get a replacement.


The back design is red and white in a sort of leafy floral pattern that reminds me a bit of the Streamline deck from the USPC but much finer.

The deck stock itself, as mentioned before, is not very smooth. It is a smooth stock design rather than an air cushion like finish. The cards do not spread well or fan at all. This I expect for an old deck of cards even if they are in pretty good condition.

Anyways, I have never seen this deck for sale anywhere since I purchased it but I’d pick another one up if I ever did. I guess that means you should too especially if you are interested in some unique Canadiana.

If you happen to have any information please send it my way. I would love to know more about this deck.

Categories: IPC

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