The Rider Back design is obviously the most familiar, having been in constant production since 1887. In the early 1900's, most of these were revised to a four-pronged wing design to render the backs symmetrical.But this was actually the second design to carry the "Bicycle" name; the first was the Old Fan back design, which was first produced in 1885 (and recently revived to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Bicycle brand). (The one notable exception is the League back, which was first printed in 1893 and is the only back to retain a three-pronged wing.These cards may have been brought by North African Moors, whose influence on southern Europe was strong at this time.But where the Moors got playing cards, or whether they invented them at all, is a good deal less clear.
Indeed, it was the attempt to be trendy that launched the Bicycle line in the first place.
By about 1500, three main suit systems had evolved: Latin (including Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese); Germanic (German, Austrian, and Swiss), and French.
French cards established the suit system that is most common today, featuring hearts, diamonds, clubs, and spades.
These decks are labeled with Refreshment through 70 Years as they are issued in the 70th year since the Company’s founding.
Quite by accident I noticed that a few of the beach girl decks have a different ace. There are different aces because the manufacturer of the deck switched at some point.
Beginning in 1951 the Company began to authorize two decks every few years.