In the early 1900s, the Steamboat brand was the low-end of the Russell card product lines. Question 1: Was Steamboat a category for many for card makers back then?. They sold these decks I guess on the Steamboats that steamed up and down the Mississippi River.
In Sept 2021 on Ebay, I bought a Streamboat "7-11" deck. Question 2: What does the "7-11" signify?
The deck has definitely been used. Been used a lot. I sure wish the deck could tell me who bought it new, who played it with it, and who stored it but of course, walls and decks of cards cannot talk. I can try to imagine but it's just my imagination.