RU3a A. Dougherty Playing Card Stamp


Andrew Dougherty was born in Donegal in Northern Ireland in 1827. He started his playing card business in New York in 1848. ¬†Dougherty’s story is a key part of the development of the American playing card industry as he can be credited with several innovations to playing cards. In 1849 he moved to a new address at Cliff Street, New York, and for a short time entered into partnership with two brothers named Coughtry. Coughtry & Dougherty stayed in business until c.1853. Dougherty soon prospered on his own, changing his address several times as he moved into better premises. Dougherty died in 1905 at the age of 78 and his sons continued to run the business in New York until 1907 when the United States Playing Card Company purchased it. USPCC kept the Dougherty business operating independently until 1930 when it was combined with the New York Consolidated Company to form Consolidated-Dougherty Card Co. Inc., a division of USPCC.

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VF used, tiny thin spot




Old Paper

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First issued December, 1864. Last issued September 11, 1866.



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