1 deck, which was introduced in 1901 and discontinued in 1907, with a "D" code on the ace (pictured below). This strongly suggests that the date code was indeed used at least as early as 1901.
Beginning in 1951 the Company began to authorize two decks every few years.
These decks are all bridge decks and all very common. And the images are all ones that were used on many other forms of advertising.
Playing cards evolved from a variety of gambling games established in the Middle East and Asia, including chess and backgammon.
Among the oldest known card decks is the “Marmalukes of Egypt,” a set marked with swords, cups, coins, and polo sticks.
In 1930, USPCC subsidiaries Consolidated Card Co., Standard Playing Card Co., and Andrew Dougherty are merged into Consolidated-Dougherty which continues to produce cards from all three brands including Bee and Tally-Ho.