Archive for September 19th, 2013

BICSTARI like bicycles as you know, but I also like the classic Bicycle playing cards.

There is something about the Bicycle card brand that make them the only card to use when you play cards. Bicycle Cards are manufactured by United States Playing Card Company along with many other classic brands.

Sure you can still get the standard Bicycle deck of playing cards (manufactured by the United States Playing Card Company since 1885) but there are many other options these days.

I like the simple, but cool, design of Bicycle’s Star cards. However, there is nothing cooler than the Escape Map deck – made to commemorate secret cards made in WWII.

BICMAPAbout the Escape Map cards from Bicycle: “During World War II, the United States Playing Card Company joined forces with American and British intelligence agencies to create a deck to help Allied prisoners of war escape from German POW camps. Individual cards in these decks peeled apart when moistened to reveal maps of escape routes. This new Escape Deck honors the secret circumstances surrounding the original map decks, as well any and all prisoners of war. While the cards do not peel apart when moistened, the map is visible on the front of the cards—and creates a complete map when placed in order. The Escape Deck features original artwork on the front and backs of the cards, including the face cards and jokers. These decks were printed in the USA at the United States Playing Card Company and printed on premium stock with a quality finish.”

OK, so the Escape Map cards are the ultimate in cool. Shut up and deal!

See all the card designs of Bicycle and learn more about the history of the United States Playing Card Company here.

Today, I am jetting back to New Hampshire from my quick trip to Kansas City, MO.

Sadly, I am leaving KC just before the 82nd Annual Plaza Art Fair which is set to take place this weekend – Sept. 20-22 in the city’s Country Club Plaza district.


The Plaza Art Fair is one of the largest art fairs in the Midwest and attracts artists of all types from all over the country.

About the Plaza Art Fair: “After celebrating its 80th year in 2011 with 240 artists from across the country, the Plaza Art Fair has impressively become a top-ranked, national art event. But, perhaps even more impressively, it continues to be a weekend of people simply celebrating art and each other, as well as Kansas City’s unofficial welcome to the fall season.”

If you happen to be in the Western Kansas/Eastern Missouri area this weekend, check it out.

Find all the information you need to know about Kansas City’s Plaza Art Fair here.