Graciela Rodo Boulanger (1935-) trained in two careers, as a musician and as a painter. She eventually chose to devote herself fully to painting.
‘Shakespeare’ playing cards by Piatnik designed by the British actor Donald Burton.
“Castles” Quartet game from Czechoslovakia with educational text by Ludiše Letošníková and illustrations by Vladimir Kovářík
A variety of classic, vintage and antique collectible playing cards from around the world to add depth to your collection View More →
Bongoût pattern with special scenic Aces for Brazil manufactured by A. Van Genechten, c.1870
Standard Catalan pattern deck manufactured by Sebastian Comas y Ricart in Barcelona c.1892
Playing cards designed by James Acken evoking Celtic myth in all its beauty, mystery and weirdness...
Rick Davidson's “Origins” playing cards is an inspired, present-day re-design of the standard Anglo-American deck.
Manufacturing can be handcrafting, low tech or high tech. Different printing technologies have impacted the appearance of playing cards. Until the year 1832 playing cards manufactured in Europe were laboriously and expensively stencilled by hand. Then the process of typographical printing of playing cards was invented by Thomas de la Rue. View More →
Printing of Playing Cards ::: Stencilling can usually be detected by observing the outlines of the coloured areas which are often irregular with brush strokes discernible in the coloured areas.
Production Methods for Small Scale Editions of Playing Cards: some alternative approaches to producing small editions of playing cards
The games we play mirror the world we live in. Children don’t play card games any more because they prefer computer games, which are the ultimate excitement. Antique and vintage children’s card games offer nostalgic memories of the fashions and social stereotypes of past eras and are a study in social anthropology. View More →
The beautiful images in this quartet game published by Jeux Spear in 1933 depict the progress of transport and travel since early times up til the 1930s
Chitrashala Press produced some charming children's pictorial alphabet cards for early learning purposes in the 1940s.
Globe Trotters follows the journey of a group of travellers who depart from Genoa by ocean liner and sail to the Orient for the ultimate travel experience.
Usually featuring advertising messages and images promoting breweries, cigarettes, chocolate, banks, insurance, sea or air travel and other consumables, advertising playing cards are used in pubs and cafés and are a popular publicity item. Some packs are widely distributed, others are more exclusive. In some cases single cards are collected from inside the advertised product to complete a full set. View More →
This is an advertising deck for the manufacturer of the President Suspender.
When movies, radio and television first appeared playing card manufacturers were worried. But people still had plenty of leisure time and card playing continued to increase. Today’s electronic devices, computers, the Internet and online gaming have changed everything and many former playing card manufacturers have closed down or been taken over by larger corporations. The older manufacturers are now a reminder of bygone days. View More →
Card Fabrique Company had connections with several other manufacturers and their complete history is yet to be unravelled.
Political playing cards were introduced in the 17th century providing entertainment by satirising or deriding current events and leaders. Propaganda cards, war cards and even educational cards all carry a political message... but at this critical time in history people are awakening to a need for global healing which politicians can’t always deliver. View More →
Politicards 2012 casts this year's American politicians as characters from classic feature films.
“L'Union Fait la Force” by Mesmaekers Frères S.A, Turnhout, Belgium, 1945
An interesting propaganda pack depicting the various religions of the Soviet Empire.