Amalgamated Meat Cutters Playing Cards, circa 1952 PDF
- Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America
- Amalgamated Meat Cutters Playing Cards
- 52 playing cards (1 folder) ; 2 x 3 1/2 in.
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- A collection of 52 playing cards featuring images and short biographies of union leaders
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The Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America (AMC) was a labor union that represented meatpackers and butchers in Chicago. The group was chartered by the American Federation of Labor (AFL) in 1897 by AFL president Samuel Gompers. The AMC is most famous for a strike it held in 1904 where 18,000 workers left their posts on July 12 out of a demand for higher wages. The strike escalated when union members assaulted replacement cattle workers. Police were called to protect the cattle workers, whose involvement spurred a riot involving 4,000 union members. The union members were eventually defeated and signed a contract with meatpacking company president J. Ogden Armour on September 6, 1904. These riots are referenced in Upton Sinclair's novel, The Jungle . The AMC eventually merged with other unions, such as the International Fur and Leather Workers Union, the National Agriculture Workers Union, and the Packinghouse Workers of America. The group exists now as the United Food and Commerical Workers (UFCW) after a merger with the AMCBW in 1979.
Brown and Bigelow, Co. was established in 1896 by Herbert Bigelow and Hiram Brown. The company earned its fortune selling calenders, most famously of pin-up girls and prints by American painters such as Norman Rockwell and Cassius Marcellus Coolidge. In 1927, Brown and Bigelow began printing playing cards and eventually bought the rights to the Hoyle brand.
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A deck of 52 playing cards printed by Brown and Bigelow in 1952. Each card features an image of an important union figure and a brief biography. The backs of the cards feature an illustration of the AMC building in Chicago. Each playing card has been cropped so that card value and suite is excluded. The set does not include the 2 jokers or the original box
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Amalgamated Meat Cutters Playing CardsReturn to Top
Martin A Foran
Originally the 2 of Hearts.
Originally the 4 of Clubs.
Originally the 9 of Clubs.
Originally the 7 of Spades.
Augusta Lewis Troup
Originally the Queen of Spades.
Thomas W. "Tom" Talbot
Originally the Jack of Diamonds.
Frank J. Weber
Originally the 7 of Diamonds.
Terence V. Powderly
Originally the Ace of Spades.
Originally the Ace of Hearts.
William J. Bowen
Originally the 2 of Diamonds.
William D. Haywood
Originally the 10 of Spades.
Joseph A. Franklin
Originally the King of Spades.
Originally the 10 of Hearts.
Charles P. Howard
Originally the 8 of Diamonds.
Charles H. Moyer
Originally the 5 of Spades.
Originally the Jack of Hearts.
Morris C. Feinstone
Originally the 8 of Hearts.
Originally the 2 of Spades.
Originally the 3 of Clubs.
Uriah S. Stevens
Originally the King of Hearts.
Originally the 4 of Hearts.
Eugene V. Debs
Originally the Ace of Clubs.
Austin B. Garretson
Originally the Jack of Spades.
Originally the Ace of Diamonds.
William B. Wilson
Originally the 3 of Diamonds.
Mary Harris "Mother" Jones
Originally the Queen of Hearts.
George E. McNeill
Originally the 2 of Clubs.
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