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Playing cards: Mechanics

Collection Data

Each of these playing cards is illustrated with a picture of an instrument used in the fields of surveying, navigation, mining, engineering, astronomy, etc. and a description (backs are plain). This set was acquired as part of the William Barclay Parsons collection. Parsons served on the Library's Board of Trustees, but was also chief engineer of the New York City subway system. He collected widely on engineering.
Parsons, William Barclay, 1859-1932 (Collector)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1702 (Approximate)
Library locations
Rare Book Division
Shelf locator: Parsons *KVC+
Playing cards
Physical Description
Extent: 52 prints (playing cards) : engraving, approx. 9 x 6 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): d7b9c6d0-c6f7-012f-adc4-58d385a7bc34
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