The above is true. That is what happened. However, a week later, I was privately messaged and told:
I fear that you have been misinformed. The 1896 version had a star inside of a circle in the corners. Yours has the interlocked US (the S is superimposed on the U). Also, the 1896 Joker has "The National Card Company" where yours says "Five Hundred". That substitution was made in 1910. Also, the #13 was added in 1925. I would date your deck to 1927. Also, looking at your Ace of Spades, it says Russell & Morgan which also points to 1927.
Paraphrased from info from Brad Starnes
|500 Deck Joker|
Here is its back.
But there are also an eleven, twelve, and thirteen for each suit. So instead of fifty two cards, there were sixty-six.
Here is the back of the copyright card notice which has the scoring system for both Auction Bridge and the Game of Five Hundred.
Here is the ace of spades. It has an art deco look to me. I see the pun in the name "FAN~C~PACK" but I'm a little puzzled by the "PAST~L~EZE".
|Fan-C-Pack Ace of Spades|
Here's an attempt to show the shiny gold edge.
Here is a score card with some reminders about scoring.
Here's an attempt to show the shiny silver and gold edges in a top down view of the entire package.
|Brannon's Full Proof Contract Bridge System|
As far as I know there are two editions of the backs: the Old Curiosity Shop (same back design but with a red and a blue rim) and a Pan and Goat set (with a Pan back and a Goat back).
The idea was that using soft pastel colors would be easier on the eyes.