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This slightly smaller brand (2 1/2" x 3 1/4") was copyrighted in 1898. It was made in response to the demand for a size that would facilitate the holding of many cards comfortably. The same stock was used as in the Bicycle brand and they were often referred to as 'Bicycle Juniors.' They were available with plain and gold edges. Note the bicycle on the Ace of Spades and Joker. An enlarged image of the extremely rare joker can be found, below.

Only two of the backs used in the Bicycle brand were used for Juniors, Lotus and Rider. The red back with the winged wheel pictured below, "Safety," was only issued as a Junior deck, not as a standard Bicycle back design. There is also a Safety back that was issued as a standard Bicycle deck, No. 65 in Mrs. Robinson's list. See an enlargement of the Junior Safety back from a USPC brochure, below.

Despite being offered for many years, the Junior brand is extremely difficult to find, especially in its original box. The joker, with the anatomically challenged bicycle rider, is even more elusive (see the detailed image below). The Junior deck was was advertised into the 1920s and in later years it was redesigned with a simpler Ace. The blue box pictured below is from this later issue. The deck pictured at the bottom of the page is a new discovery in 2011 (ca. 1905). While a later box is referenced in the Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, neither of the later versions shown here are explicitly listed or assigned a reference number.

Note that both the joker and the Safety back design feature the wheel with three wings that was also used as the logo for the League of American Wheelmen. For more information about the L.A.W., please see the League page.


   


The above deck is a new discovery, found by Steve Bowling. It probably dates from around
1905-1910. It is not listed in the Hochman Enclcyopedia of American Playing Cards.