Publicity playing cards for the Dutch credit company Sitters & van der Kar. The four Aces and Joker feature abstract geometric designs in the style of Art Deco.
Special pack for Aeronaves de Mexico S.A., designed by Ramón Valdiosera Berman, mid-1960s
Alfred Marks Recruitment Consultants publicity playing cards published by Astra Games
This deck is commonly known as the “Anheuser-Busch Spanish-American War deck”, issued at the end of the war.
The Kings show American admirals and the Jacks have different officers at each end. The Queens are “Our Colonies”. Advertising appears on the Ace of Spades and ‘Uncle Sam’ Joker, the back and the box. The medals on the Aces suggest awards.
The reverse has advertising for Cymaco motor spares who have branches in Uruguay.
Asociart Insurance promotional playing cards, Argentina, 2000
Possibly one of the most beautiful decks produced for commercial purposes, this was printed by Modiano for the Austrian Lloyd Steamship Company of Trieste in c.1895.
Clearly promoting good personal hygiene, each card shows a young, pouting female model posing seductively and appealing to the playboy.
A pack specially designed for a sandwich bar and cake shop. The jokers show a pile of sandwiches.
La Baraja 'Hoja de Afeitar'. Baraja de Hojas Maravilla descalificadas como de primerísima categoría.
Baraja Gallega designed by cartoonists and caricaturists Pinto Chinto (David Pintor & Carlos López) in 2002.
Promotional playing cards produced for Bodegas Trapiche, designed to play Quartet games by collecting a wine bottle card with four matching glasses.
Advertising playing cards for Capel Vinos S.A., manufactured by Naipes Comas, 2001.
Carreras Fortune Telling Cards, 1926
Naipes Casa Escasany ~ Magnificent novelty playing cards published by Casa Escasany, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1930s
Promotional playing cards created by A. M. Cassandre (pseudonym of Adolphe Jean-Marie Mouron, 1901-1968) with abstract, almost surrealist figures and ornamentation, but clearly inspired by medieval art and rendered into an Art Deco style.
Cefacidal / Mead Johnson advertising playing cards, c.1975
Advertising pack for Cerveza El Gallo, made in Belgium, c.1880
Chaudsoleil Red Wine advertising playing cards from Morocco.
Anglo-American style pack issued on behalf of the Cía Chilena de Tabacos, c.1930
Spanish style pack issued on behalf of the Cía Chilena de Tabacos, c.1932
Cigarette Cards, Trade Cards, Miniature Playing Cards and other ephemera.
The design of the figures is very agile with excellent colour harmony and execution.
Cilbrás is a distribution branch of the Brazilian high-pressure gas cylinder and welding supplies company Praxair. Praxair Argentina supplies atmospheric (argon, nitrogen, oxygen) and process gases (carbon dioxide, helium, hydrogen), as well as speciality and medical gases.
It was a common practice for card makers to produce decks under fictitious names particularly when producing advertising decks. This was to avoid promoting their own name at the expense of the client who was paying to advertise their own product.
Coca~Cola advertising playing cards printed for Ripley department store, Peru
Coimexpor Spanish-suited playing cards by Industria Gráfica Pesout, S.A., Buenos Aires, Argentina, c.2008
Naipes Conrad Punta del Este Casino playing cards, produced specially for Conrad Punta del Este Resort & Casino's Las Vegas style hotel in Uruguay.
The Cow and Gate Happy Family game was issued around 1928 to promote nutrition products
Dengue prevention playing cards. Juego de 40 Naipes. Material para la prevención del Dengue, Ministerio de Salud de la Nación (Argentina).
Fastener S.R.L. (founded in 1990) are manufacturers of nuts and bolts and other industrial fasteners. The traditional Spanish suit symbols in this special pack have been substituted by various kinds of nuts and bolts.
Ferguson Happy Families card game was produced by Ferguson Electronics and printed by John Waddington Ltd in c.1960.
Naipes Globalstar TE.SA.M. Telefonía Satelital playing cards, manufactured by Gráfica 2001. Satellite Communications
Spanish-suited playing cards featuring the ‘Glorious’ ladies swimwear collection for 1995, designed by Estudio Fileni/Mendióroz.
Spanish-suited pack manufactured by Chas Goodall & Son for South America
The “Game of Happy Melox Families” was published by G. Clarke & Son of Thomas Street, London, in 1929
Bosch Rexroth are leading specialists in the field of drive and control technologies (automation). These playing cards are a Health & Safety teaching aid based on a training program which aims to develop continuously improving safety standards in the workplace, reducing the risk of accidents and leading towards higher levels of output.
Festal advertising playing cards for Hoechst Peruana S.A.
Advertising and publicity playing cards manufactured by Joker S.A.
“Girl's Generation” (Korean: 소녀시대; Sonyeo Shidae) is a nine-member South Korean pop girl group formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2007. There are plenty of playing cards amongst their merchandise...
Las Cartas de Sara (Yerba Mate) based on an idea by Diego Silva Pintos and illustrated by Hogue. Produced by Color/9, c.2003.
Pictorial trade cards were becoming popular throughout Europe so that tea, tobacco, chocolate or even beef extract were the commodities most associated with beautifully lithographed insert cards.
The company advertised themselves as “The Monarch King of all Cycles” with the lion's head motif inside a bicycle wheel. The four Kings depict Tom Cooper (1874–1906), an 1890s champion bicycle racer and early auto racing ‘speed king’.
Advertising pack for the Moroccan Bank of Commerce and Industry, 1986
The “Mustering of the Mustard Club” was one of many promotional items produced by Colman's for the Mustard Club which was launched in 1926.
Naipes Argentinos 'La Partida' y 'Aparcero' published by Obsequios Empresarios Argentinos, Santa Fe
Naipes Cassino de Don Clemente, Pasatiempos Gallo S.A., Mexico, c.1988
Naipes Inca by C. Della Penna S.A. with advertising for Laprida stationers, c.1970