Amalgamated Meat Cutters Playing Cards, circa 1952  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America
Title
Amalgamated Meat Cutters Playing Cards
Dates
circa 1952 (inclusive)
Quantity
52 playing cards (1 folder) ; 2 x 3 1/2 in.
Collection Number
PH1318
Summary
A collection of 52 playing cards featuring images and short biographies of union leaders
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
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The collection is open to the public.

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Languages
English


Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

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.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

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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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Amalgamated Meat Cutters Playing CardsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 1
 Martin A Foran
Originally the 2 of Hearts.
c.1952
1 2
 Adoph Strasser
Originally the 4 of Clubs.
circa 1952
1 3
 John Mitchell
Originally the 9 of Clubs.
circa 1952
1 4 circa 1952
1 5
 Jacob Fischer
Originally the 7 of Spades.
circa 1952
1 6 circa 1952
1 7 circa 1952
1 8 circa 1952
1 9 circa 1952
1 10 circa 1952
2 11
 Augusta Lewis Troup
Originally the Queen of Spades.
circa 1952
2 12 circa 1952
2 13
 Thomas W. "Tom" Talbot
Originally the Jack of Diamonds.
circa 1952
2 14
 Frank J. Weber
Originally the 7 of Diamonds.
circa 1952
2 15
 Terence V. Powderly
Originally the Ace of Spades.
circa 1952
2 16
 Samuel Gompers
Originally the Ace of Hearts.
circa 1952
2 17 circa 1952
2 18
 William J. Bowen
Originally the 2 of Diamonds.
circa 1952
2 19
 William D. Haywood
Originally the 10 of Spades.
circa 1952
2 20
 Joseph A. Franklin
Originally the King of Spades.
circa 1952
3 21 circa 1952
3 22 circa 1952
3 23
 John McBride
Originally the 10 of Hearts.
circa 1952
3 24 circa 1952
3 25 circa 1952
3 26 circa 1952
3 27
 Charles P. Howard
Originally the 8 of Diamonds.
circa 1952
3 28
 Charles H. Moyer
Originally the 5 of Spades.
circa 1952
3 29 circa 1952
3 30
 Heywood Broun
Originally the Jack of Hearts.
circa 1952
4 31 circa 1952
4 32
 Morris C. Feinstone
Originally the 8 of Hearts.
circa 1952
4 33 circa 1952
4 34 circa 1952
4 35 circa 1952
4 36 circa 1952
4 37
 Benjamin Schlesinger
Originally the 2 of Spades.
circa 1952
4 38
 Edward Flore
Originally the 3 of Clubs.
circa 1952
4 39 circa 1952
4 40
 Uriah S. Stevens
Originally the King of Hearts.
circa 1952
4 41 circa 1952
5 42
 Frederick Douglass
Originally the 4 of Hearts.
circa 1952
5 43
 Eugene V. Debs
Originally the Ace of Clubs.
circa 1952
5 44
 Austin B. Garretson
Originally the Jack of Spades.
circa 1952
5 45
 Frank Morrison
Originally the Ace of Diamonds.
circa 1952
5 46 circa 1952
5 47
 William B. Wilson
Originally the 3 of Diamonds.
circa 1952
5 48 circa 1952
5 49 circa 1952
5 50
 Mary Harris "Mother" Jones
Originally the Queen of Hearts.
circa 1952
5 51 circa 1952
5 52
 George E. McNeill
Originally the 2 of Clubs.
circa 1952

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)