THE WAR OF CURRENTS PLAYING CARDS
It started with one question: Why doesn't everyone know who Nikola Tesla is?
The 'War of Currents' shaped our everyday way of life. From the light bulbs in your home to the wireless internet at the local cafe. History books in schools are riddled with Thomas Edison's greatest moments, so where is Nikola Tesla? Why don't more people know about the 'War of Currents'?
We have always thought the best way to learn something is through entertainment. From there, it evolved into playing cards. We thought everyone from all walks of life and passions can enjoy a good card game... why not put a history lesson in a deck of cards? Well, that's what we did!
Our goal was to design a deck of cards that provided a feel of nostalgia, similar to the cards from the late 1800's/Early 1900's. We wanted to tell the story of the 'War of Currents' with our concepts.
The US Playing Card Company has been making playing cards since 1885. You history buffs might note that this is very close to the beginning of the 'War of Currents'. American Made, quality printing, and a tie in history. It was a perfect match-up for us!
During our design phase we looked at a lot of early Bicycle playing cards, photographs, newspapers, patent images, and souvenir cards from The World's Fair of 1893. We really tried to incorporate as much REAL history and media into the deck. Even our number cards are modeled after the original Tesla/Edison patent images.
One of the ways we tried to tell the story of the 'War of Currents', through our imagery, is the process we took designing our face cards. First we split our two inventors, Edison and Tesla into Red and Black. Then we split the suits into different ages. So for example, older Nikola Tesla is on the King of Spades, while younger Nikola Tesla is on the King of Clubs.
We then placed an important person in the inventor's life as the Queen and Jack. As people's relationships change as they get older, so did our cards. When the inventors were younger, they worked along side each other. This means that you will find one red Tesla card and one black Edison card in your pack!
So what happens if you don't know who Nikola Tesla is or you have never heard of the 'War of Currents'? Don't worry, you are definitely not alone. We have included a mini history lesson on the two info cards(You know, the cards you never use). Within minutes, you will have an understanding of who the major players are and why the 'War of Currents' is a major historical event. Also, a description of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 can be found on one of the jokers!
Just a note: If you just want a deck to play a card game, you can do that too! We recommend the game WAR, it's our favorite!
We reached out to a few artists around the country, we thought it would be fun to see the 'War of Currents' theme on various platforms. We worked alongside these creative people to really get a good selection of items for you to enjoy. Sometimes cards can't be as mobile or displayed in the home, hopefully these can pick up where the deck left off! Like our cards, everything is MADE IN THE USA.
The Silver Pendant
Made by Trent Stocking of RhythmicMetal. The symbol for Alternating Current on one side, Direct Current symbol on the other. Made in Portland, Oregon.
This handmade pendant is made of steel. Cut it to shape with sanded edges. He created the jump ring from stainless
steel weld rod and welded it to itself to form a continuous loop so that
it lasts forever. The Image is cut from vinyl and placed to the bare
steel. Lastly, to lock the vinyl image in, to protect it, and to create a
glossy smooth finish, Trent powder coats it with a durable fully transparent
finish. It's almost like a clear glaze for metal. The end product is
shiny, smooth, modern, industrial and simple. Sure to catch some
This Pendant comes with a waxed cotton cord with dual slip knots so that you can adjust the size once placed around your neck.
The Midnight and Emerald Pendants
Made by Trent Stocking of RhythmicMetal. The symbol for Alternating Current on one side, Direct Current symbol on the other. Identical to the Silver Pendant, the Midnight Pendant is blue, the Emerald Pendant is green. Made in Portland, Oregon.
War of Currents Gig Poster
Designed by Kristen Ostrowski also known as Chicago Blonde. Inspired by punk rock posters and centered around the World's Fair of 1893. Limited run print, signed by artist, and numbered. Designed in Chicago, Illinois.
The Emerald Edison Print
Designed by Blake Eason. This print features Edison, "The Wizard of Menlo Park" and Topsy the Elephant. Limited run print, signed by artist, and numbered. Designed in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
The Midnight Tesla Print
Designed by Blake Eason. This print features Tesla standing above his infamous Tesla Tower. Limited run print, signed by artist, and numbered. Designed in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
The Steampunk Ace
One of a kind Steampunk Ace. Made on a hard plastic backing, the War of Currents Ace is printed in black vinyl and placed on the piece. Great for your home and/or steam powered car. ONLY ONE AVAILABLE! Get it before Steampunk Lincoln beats you to it! Made in Chicago, Illinois.
The Tesla 5000 Belt Buckle
Handmade by Trent Stocking of RhythmicMetal. This Belt Buckle is made of stainless steel and features a Tesla Ray Gun. Handmade in Portland, Oregon.
Powder-coated with a fully transparent finish. Designed for an interchangeable belt. It measures about 3in long x 2in high and will fit any standard sized belt.
The belt buckle's stainless steel is cut, shaped, and welded together. The Tesla 5000 was cut from vinyl and was then placed on the bare steel of the belt buckle. After it was placed in the right position, The buckle was then powder-coated which gives it it's gloss, shine, and locks the image in place permanently.
*belt not included - requires a belt that has the ability to swap buckles.
The War of Currents UNCUT
This is an uncut sheet from US Playing Card Company. Instead of 56 individual cards, see them all on one large sheet! Get a few and make wallpaper!
The War of Currents Designer Poster
Designed by Kevin McComb. Kevin is the graphic designer of the War of Currents Playing Cards. He has made a poster of epic proportions, using imagery from the cards. Limited run print, signed by artist, and numbered. Designed in Chicago, Illinois.
ADDITIONAL NOTE: Seth Thomas and Spencer Rohan, Creators of The War of Currents Playing Cards would like to thank Kevin McComb for his brilliant efforts in helping us create this awesome pack of cards, as well as all the artists/friends who helped make this possible! THANK-YOU!
WE NEED YOUR HELP
While our design phase is complete, we are still not done. Our goal is to raise $8500.00. The money you donate will help us with printing costs as well as reward our amazing creative team. Our artists and designer donated a lot of their time to this project, we would love to properly compensate them.
Everything involved with this project is MADE IN THE USA. This means that the materials and labor costs involved tend to be higher. While we completely understand why not every company does this, we wanted to try to help keep the American Workforce working.
We are aiming to have the deck printed and on it's way by September. All the perk art will be shipping out along with the cards. Be sure to check out the update section in the coming weeks. We will have plenty of news updates, photos, freebie throw-ins, and more. Thank-you for your support!
Hopefully you have been able to get a good handle on what our deck of cards are all about. We sincerely believe that this deck can not only educate but entertain people everywhere for a long time to come. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to ask!
--Seth Thomas & Spencer Rohan--
- (40 days)