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Box for Playing Cards

Box for Playing Cards

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Description
Bakelite box marked “KEM / Kem Plastic Playing Cards Inc. / New York / Made in U.S.A.” and dated 1938. The Kem Plastic Playing Cards Inc. introduced the word “KEM” to commerce in 1934; advertised KEM cards as germ resistant in 1937; and showed KEM cards at the New York World’s Fair of 1939.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Box, Playing Cards
Box for Playing Cards
Date made
1938
Measurements
overall: 70 mm x 98 mm x 45 mm; 2 3/4 in x 3 7/8 in x 1 3/4 in
overall: 2 3/4 in x 3 13/16 in x 1 11/16 in; 6.985 cm x 9.68375 cm x 4.28625 cm
ID Number
1983.0538.17
catalog number
1983.0538.17
accession number
1983.0538
Credit Line
Gift of J. Harry DuBois
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National Museum of American History
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