He owned the first firm of playing card manufacturers to develop plastic cards Kem Cards and developed and owned a chain of bridge schools with teachers qualified in the Culbertson bidding system. Hal Sims in 1935 (this latter between the two married couples Culbertson and Sims). Col.
He was a great showman who became rich was highly extravagant and lost and gained fortunes several times over. Ely Culbertson (July 22 1891 – December 27 1955) was an entrepreneurial American contract bridge personality dominant during the Thirties and Forties.