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Using the list in the Playing Card Manufacturers Article on this website, you can narrow down the years a deck was used these codes after they were acquired by the USPCC in 19 respectively.
I do not know if other manufacturers, who often also have codes on ace of spades or other cards, varied the codes by identifiable dates.
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This is most of what I know about dating a deck of cards.
Coca Cola attracted a number of these artists to their workplace, and Elvgren was not an exception.
The code is helpful in dating decks after 1904, the year it started, according to the Hochman Encyclopedia.
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Fortune 500 corporations, Broadway theater productions, distilleries, universities and magicians around the world have engaged USPC to create high-quality custom playing cards as unique premiums on behalf of their event or organization.
But, I have found evidence that the dating code was actually in use prior to 1904 which is why I have amended the chart to include 1900-1903 (highlighted in yellow, below).
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Playing Card Co., Russell & Morgan Factories" Andrew Dougherty based in New York, NY (1848-1930) from 1907-1930, was a separate part of USPC in 1930, was merged into Consolidated Dougherty Co.(since 1962 operated as a division of USPC) Perfection Playing Card Co.based in Philadelphia, PA (1885-1889) based in New York, NY (1890-1894) in 1894, acquired by USPC, name was used until 1915 Samuel Hart & Co.