Hollywood Stars • Sunday, April 17, 2016
Hollywood Stars by Maple Leaf B.V., Amsterdam, 1957
Playing Cards for Sale • Tuesday, April 12, 2016
I've decided to sell off my surplus packs. The vast majority are standard English, mostly from Britain, but I have a few non-standard packs to dispose of, too.
Cartes à Rire • Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Transformed playing cards featuring satirical caricatures of political figures then in the ascendant, Paris, c.1819
48: Ferdinand Piatnik & Sons • Monday, April 11, 2016
Ferd. Piatnik produced a very large range of cards with many different standard and non-standard patterns. This is a survey of his standard English output.
Blog Post Dogs • Friday, April 8, 2016
‘Dogs’ playing cards showcases 52 canine portraits in four suits as authors, artists, musicians and film stars, illustrated by Chet Phillips, 2016
Naipes Tu Destino Cartomancy Cards by Zandrox Producciones, Miraflores, Peru, c.1975 • Thursday, April 7, 2016
“Naipes Tu Destino” Cartomancy Cards from Peru will ease any stress in your interpersonal relationships c.1975
Black Tango • Tuesday, April 5, 2016
‘Black Tango’ playing cards with photographs of dancing couples published by Gardés Editorial, 2003
Barajitas Futbolísticas Golazo, 1973 • Monday, April 4, 2016
Figuritas Golazo collectible football cards from Argentina, 1973
Shop Item Argentina Tango • Monday, April 4, 2016
'Tango' playing cards manufactured in Argentina, anonymous manufacturer, 2001
Shop Item Naipes Truco “Únicos” • Monday, April 4, 2016
Truco “Únicos” featuring light-hearted caricatures of national celebrities, designed by Gerardo N. Perez, 2006.
Shop Item Naipes Habana, 1960 • Sunday, April 3, 2016
"Naipes Habana" Spanish-suited playing cards manufactured by Justo Rodero e Hijos S.R.L., Buenos Aires, 1960
Tarot de l’An 2000 • Sunday, April 3, 2016
“Tarot de l’An 2000” designed by Pino Zac, 1981, satirising 20th century life.
Shop Item Tarot de l’An 2000 • Sunday, April 3, 2016
“Tarot de l’An 2000” designed by Pino Zac, published by France Cartes in 1981.
Singapore Airlines • Saturday, April 2, 2016
Singapore Airlines A330 flying experience souvenir playing cards
Vac-tric Electric Vacuum Cleaners • Monday, March 28, 2016
Vac-tric Electric Vacuum Cleaner playing cards manufactured by De la Rue, 1930s
British Birds • Saturday, March 26, 2016
Pepys “British Birds” card game with colour pictures, c.1968
Blog Post Four Point • Monday, March 21, 2016
“Four Point” playing cards, a labour of love designed and illustrated by Ben Vierck, 2014
Food Exchange • Saturday, March 19, 2016
“Food Exchange“ playing cards designed by Ralph Dobson for the British Diabetic Association, 1973.
Bath and the Cotswolds • Friday, March 18, 2016
“Bath and the Cotswolds” souvenir pack of cards published by John McLean of Edinburgh, c.1990
The Stuttgart painted pack, c.1430 • Wednesday, March 9, 2016
The luxury, hand-painted Stuttgart Cards (Stuttgarter Kartenspiel) dated c.1430, with suits of ducks, falcons, stags and hounds.
Goodall’s “Historic” Playing Cards • Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Goodall’s “Historic” Playing Cards depict royal costumes of four periods in English history, 1893
SiRen International • Sunday, March 6, 2016
“SiRen International” playing cards based on traditional style of Indian miniature painting, 1998
Shop Item Sum-it Card Game • Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Sum-it is an educational card game published in c.1935.
Popular No.257 • Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Piatnik’s “Popular Playing Cards” No.257
46: Henry Hardy, Henry French & Christopher Groser • Tuesday, March 1, 2016
A brief look at some makers of whom we know little.
Shop Item Bobs y’r Uncle card game • Tuesday, March 1, 2016
“Bobs y'r Uncle” nursery rhyme card game designed by Frank H. Simpson for John Waddington Ltd. in 1935.
Bobs y’r Uncle • Tuesday, March 1, 2016
“Bobs y'r Uncle” nursery rhyme card game designed by Frank H. Simpson for John Waddington Ltd. in 1935
47: Welch’s postcards and Waddington’s redrawing • Tuesday, March 1, 2016
There are a number of court card designs that have never actually been produced as cards. It's a shame some of them never were.
Ottakar’s Happy Families • Monday, February 29, 2016
Ottakar’s Happy Families designed by Chris Burke, 2000
Shop Item Ottakar’s Happy Families • Monday, February 29, 2016
Ottakar’s Happy Families cards designed by illustrator and caricaturist Chris Burke, 2000.
Cotswold Happy Families • Sunday, February 28, 2016
“Cotswold Happy Families” created by Mary Gardiner and illustrated by Chris Rhodes, printed by Willow Press, 1997
Shop Item Country Craftsmen Happy Families • Sunday, February 28, 2016
“Country Craftsmen” Happy Families illustrated by Mandy Hall, published for the National Trust by Dinosaur Publications Ltd, 1978
Shop Item 2000 Pips Transformation • Thursday, February 25, 2016
Peter Wood’s “2000Pips” Transformation pack of playing cards limited to 1000 packs, 1999
2000 Pips Transformation • Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Peter Wood’s “2000Pips” transformed playing cards (1999) reveals the artist’s love of nature
Reshuffle • Tuesday, February 23, 2016
“Reshuffle” by Reetta Hiltunen, Finland, is a playing card installation stemming from the traditional Finnish children's card game Pekka-game or Funny Families.
Teddy Bear Pack • Tuesday, February 23, 2016
The Teddy Bear pack of playing cards created by Peter Wood, 1994
Country Craftsmen • Tuesday, February 23, 2016
“Country Craftsmen” Happy Families with illustrations by Mandy Hall, published for the National Trust by Dinosaur Publications Ltd, 1978
Anonymous.Spanish-suited Playing Cards • Monday, February 22, 2016
Spanish-suited playing cards made in Belgium by Léonard Biermans, c.1875
Breaking Bad • Sunday, February 21, 2016
“Breaking Bad” fan deck designed by Albino Dragon and manufactured by the USPCC in 2014
Views of Ireland • Saturday, February 20, 2016
Selected views of Ireland Souvenir playing cards published by the Irish Tourist Association, 1950s
Shop Item Deportistas Guipuzcoanos • Friday, February 19, 2016
Guipuzcoa’s best athletes of the twentieth century, cartoon playing cards published by “El Diario Vasco” 1999
Shop Item Smash Hits! Pop Stars • Friday, February 19, 2016
Smash Hits! Pop Stars Top Trumps, 2001
Canary Islands Souvenir • Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Canary Islands Souvenir by Heraclio Fournier, c.1970
Popeye Knockout • Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Popeye Knockout No.6586 by Tower Press, c.1961
Shop Item Clifford Series “Donkey” • Thursday, February 11, 2016
Clifford Series “Donkey” card game, c.1950
The ‘Mystic’ • Thursday, February 11, 2016
The ‘Mystic’ Fortune Teller card game by Clifford Toys
Shop Item Clifford Series Happy Families • Tuesday, February 9, 2016
‘Clifford Series’ Happy Families, c.1950,
Shop Item Trumps Car Series • Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Carta Mundi Trumps Car Series card game
Shop Item Kay Snap • Monday, February 8, 2016
Kay ‘Snap’ Children's Card Game, made in England, 1930s
Shop Item Pepys Belisha • Monday, February 8, 2016
Belisha, published by Castell Brothers Ltd (Pepys Games) in 1937, inspired by national Safety First campaign.
Shop Item Counties of England • Monday, February 8, 2016
Jaques’ Counties of England card game, c.1880
Shop Item Poker Tela de Araña • Sunday, February 7, 2016
Poker Tela de Araña manufactured by Flaiban during the Paisanito S.R.L. period in c.1952-53
Héron French tarot • Thursday, February 4, 2016
French edition of the ‘Bourgeois’ Tarot by Héron
Truco “Únicos” • Thursday, February 4, 2016
Naipes Truco “Únicos” with caricatures of national celebrities designed by Gerardo N. Perez, 2006
Shop Item Naipes Casino by Justo Rodero e Hijos • Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Naipes Casino de Poker "Lobito" by Justo Rodero e Hijos S.A.I.C., c.1980-90
Habemus Boda, 2004 • Tuesday, February 2, 2016
“Habemus Boda” deck celebrating the royal wedding of Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Spain with cartoons by Sir Cámara
Shop Item Habemus Boda, 2004 • Tuesday, February 2, 2016
“Habemus Boda” deck celebrating the royal wedding of Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Spain on 22 May 2004
C.L. Wüst, 1811 - 1927 • Monday, February 1, 2016
SPIELKARTENFABRIEK VON C.L. WÜST, 1811 - 1927. A short history of the Wüst factory by Martin Shaw & Paul Symons.
Baraja PEPLVM • Monday, February 1, 2016
Baraja PEPLVM features cartoons by Ortuño of famous actors and actresses in roles from epic Roman movies
Cartes Comiques du Colonel Atthalin • Sunday, January 31, 2016
“Jeu de cartes comiques” transformation cards designed by Louis Atthalin (1784-1856) and published in 1817
Tarot des Pompiers de Paris • Sunday, January 31, 2016
Tarot des Pompiers de Paris, a French Fire Brigade tribute tarot deck!
Shop Item Heraclio Fournier No.35 "Rueda Alada" • Thursday, January 28, 2016
Heraclio Fournier No.35 "Rueda Alada" Spanish playing cards imported into Argentina, c.1970
Blog Post Hesslers Enhanced • Thursday, January 28, 2016
Matt Hessler’s “Enhanced” four-colour playing cards
Shop Item Blenders Whisky • Monday, January 25, 2016
Promotional deck for Blenders Whisky with jumbo indices manufactured by Joker, S.A., c.2006.
Shop Item Movicom Bell South • Monday, January 25, 2016
Movicom Bell South advertising pack made in Argentina by Joker S.A., c.2009
Shop Item Marfil 1ª, Hija de B. Fournier, c.1945 • Monday, January 25, 2016
'Marfil 1ª' playing cards by Hija de B. Fournier, Burgos for export to Argentina, c.1945.
Royal Dutch Mail • Sunday, January 24, 2016
Elegant “Nieuw Neerlandia” pattern designed by M.A. Koekkoek and produced by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland, c.1930s
Shop Item Panama Tourist Deck • Thursday, January 21, 2016
Panama Tourist Souvenir Deck made locally in Panama, c.1980s
Salzburger Pattern • Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Salzburger pattern by Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne, Vienna
Martínez de León • Monday, January 18, 2016
Bull-fighters pack published by Hijos de Heraclio Fournier, Vitoria (Spain) with artwork by Andrés Martínez de León, 1951
Eastern Airlines and Ryder Trucks by Hoyle • Friday, January 15, 2016
Dual advertising deck for Eastern Airlines and Ryder Trucks, produced by Hoyle, 1983
Vergnano Tarot 1826-1851 • Friday, January 15, 2016
Stefano Vergnano’s Tarot and playing card factory holds a special place in the history of the Tarot.
Shop Item Naipes “Cisne” • Friday, January 15, 2016
Naipes opacos “Cisne” manufactured in El Salvador
Shop Item Naipes ‘El Borrego’ • Friday, January 15, 2016
Naipes ‘El Borrego’ manufactured in El Salvador
Strongbow ‘House of Horror’ • Thursday, January 14, 2016
‘House of Horror’ Halloween deck published by Strongbow cider, 2015
Key to the Kingdom • Thursday, January 14, 2016
“Key to the Kingdom” - an enchanted deck - illuminated playing cards designed by Tony Meeuwissen, 1992 based around traditional rhymes and verses
Giffgaff • Saturday, January 9, 2016
Giffgaff mobile network playing cards, 2015
Game of Thrones • Saturday, January 9, 2016
“Game of Thrones” playing cards are an official fan deck associated with the HBO adaptation of the books by George R.R. Martin.
Woolley & Co: “Second Harrys” • Monday, January 4, 2016
Woolley & Co produced a range of different quality playing cards, and these “Second Harrys” are towards the cheaper end of the range.
Shop Item Woolley & Co: “Second Harrys” • Monday, January 4, 2016
“Second Harrys” manufactured by Woolley & Co., London, c.1877, 52 cards in original wrapper
Shop Item Cielito Lindo Mexican Restaurant • Monday, January 4, 2016
Publicity deck for El Cielito Lindo Mexican Restaurant, Guayaquil, Ecuador, c.2005.
Blog Post New Year and a New Homepage • Sunday, January 3, 2016
Today we're launching a new homepage layout.
Shop Item 2012 Inspiration Cards • Thursday, December 31, 2015
2012 Inspiration Cards - become wiser with insights of the ancient Mayas
Shop Item Ireland Blarney Castle • Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Blarney Castle souvenir deck published on behalf of Great Southern Hotels, Ormond Printing Co (Dublin), 1975
Shop Item Mas-Reynals Catalan pattern, 1996 • Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Mas-Reynals, early edition of standard Catalan Pattern printed in 1996
Shop Item Fournier Catalan pattern • Thursday, December 24, 2015
Fournier Catalan pattern No.5, c.1965
Shop Item Mas-Reynals Catalan Pattern • Thursday, December 24, 2015
Standard Catalan Pattern by Mas-Reynals (Barcelona), 2001
Lucky Buddha Beer • Thursday, December 24, 2015
Deck made in China in c.2010 advertising the Chinese brew “Lucky Beer, the enlightened beer”
Math Stack • Monday, December 21, 2015
“Math Stack” playing cards designed by Diana Stanciulescu, illustrating and explaining 36 important mathematical constants, published by EduStack in India
Star Stack • Monday, December 21, 2015
Star Stack playing cards feature illustrations of famous astronomers and important astronomical constellations.
Delta Playing Cards • Friday, December 18, 2015
Delta playing cards are a modern art concept deck invented by Professor M. R. Ali, an artist operating under the company name of “Artology International”.
Jungle Jinks • Thursday, December 17, 2015
Jungle Jinks card game with artwork by Constance Stannard Chapman, manufactured by Thomas De La Rue & Co Ltd for H P Gibson & Sons Ltd, c.1905
Magic Poker Cards • Wednesday, December 16, 2015
“Magic Poker Cards” are often found inside Christmas crackers along with party hats, puzzles and jokes...
Terracotta Army • Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Each card has a different photo of elements of the terracotta army whose purpose was to protect the emperor Qin Shi Huang in his afterlife
DC Comic Bombshells • Sunday, December 13, 2015
Stylish playing cards featuring the glamorous, superpowered female stars of the alternate reality world of DC Comics, published by 'Forbidden Planet', 2015
Cartes Recréatives • Friday, December 11, 2015
Cartes Recréatives is a set of Transformed playing cards designed by Armand-Gustave Houbigant (1790-1863) and first published by Terquem et May, Metz, in 1819
Under the Sea • Thursday, December 10, 2015
“Under the Sea” transformation playing cards, published in 2005 to raise money for the Marine Stewardship Council, an environmental charity which promotes sustainable fishing practices
Noah’s Ark Card Game • Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Noah’s Ark Card Game, c.1905, which in its day helped to teach the Old Testament worldview
Shop Item Camoin Moroccan pattern • Monday, December 7, 2015
Cartes Fines 440B Spanish National Pattern in wrapper, c.1970
Peter Pan • Sunday, December 6, 2015
“Peter Pan” pictorial card game published by H. P. Gibson & Sons Ltd in c.1912 and manufactured by Thomas de la Rue & Co Ltd from drawings by Charles A. Buchel (1872–1950)
University of Essex • Sunday, December 6, 2015
A deck of cards produced for the University of Essex in around 2005-2006
Electrical Mah Jong • Friday, December 4, 2015
Electrical Mah Jong was produced by De La Rue for The Western Electric Company Ltd in 1924 for the Wembley Exhibition
Shop Item Naipes Side Car No.9 • Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Naipes Side Car No.9 Español - Spanish version - mint in factory wrapper, c.1945
Blog Post Zombie Bride Cards and Game by Gerad Taylor • Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Are you a fan of the undead? Vampires and zombies that have risen from the grave? Then this is a deck for you; the creatures featured on this pack are part-zombie and part-vampire. As Gerad Taylor, the creator of this deck, likes to call them "Zompires".
Naipes Españoles “El Mexicano” • Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Standard Catalan-type deck, titled "El Mexicano", by an anonymous Argentinean manufacturer, c.1980s
La Suisse Historique Swiss Cantons souvenir • Monday, November 30, 2015
A masterpiece in the genre of tourist souvenir decks, “La Suisse Historique” Swiss Cantons souvenir designed by Melchior Annen in c.1920
Shop Item Swiss Cantons souvenir • Monday, November 30, 2015
“La Suisse Historique” souvenir designed by Melchior Annen and manufactured by J. Müller & Cie in c.1920
Nationaal Speelkaart Nº 165 • Sunday, November 29, 2015
Wüst: Nationaal Speelkaart Nº 165 issued for the Dutch market
Shop Item Heraclio Fournier ‘Poker Nº 505’ • Friday, November 27, 2015
Vintage Heraclio Fournier ‘Poker Nº 505’ for export to Argentina, c.1960, with elaborate peacock joker
Jeu D’Aluettes - Boéchat Frères c.1950 • Thursday, November 26, 2015
Jeu D’Aluettes manufactured by Boéchat Frères, Bordeaux, c.1950 with archaic Spanish features mixed with the standard Catalan pattern
Shop Item Aluette by Boéchat Frères c.1950 • Thursday, November 26, 2015
Jeu D’Aluettes manufactured by Boéchat Frères, Bordeaux, c.1950
Shop Item Baraja Hispanoamericana, 2003 • Wednesday, November 25, 2015
“Baraja Hispanoamericana” published by Asescoin (Madrid), printed in Mexico by Productos Leo S.A., 2003.
Beautiful Britain Series • Monday, November 23, 2015
The ‘Beautiful Britain’ series depicting seaside and country resorts was produced by John Waddington Ltd for the Great Western Railway and London and North Eastern Railway between 1924-1939.
Travel Agent • Saturday, November 21, 2015
Travel Agent is a card game designed by Martin A. Foley and manufactured by Thomas de la Rue & Co Ltd, c.1960
Heráldica Castanyer • Saturday, November 21, 2015
Spanish Catalan pattern No.6 by Heráldica Castanyer, Sabadell (Barcelona), c.1980
Iddy Umpty • Saturday, November 21, 2015
“Iddy Umpty” card game based around learning to read the Morse Code Alphabet. by Thomas de la Rue & Co., Ltd, c.1905
Prime Arts • Saturday, November 21, 2015
Prime Arts Playing Cards were published in 2004 featuring the work of contemporary artists, illustrators and photographers.
Blog Post Hoyle® Official Card Games Collection • Friday, November 20, 2015
The Hoyle® Official Card Games Collection 2015 includes plenty of favourites, and also includes the official rules for the games as well as tips and strategies, allowing you to easily try out and learn new games.
State Historical Society of Wisconsin • Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Souvenir deck from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin containing photographs from museum collections and archives on each card.
Bread & Honey • Thursday, November 12, 2015
A charming Victorian family card game involving Clowns, Queens, Kings, Maids and thirty-seven Blackbirds manufactured by Thos De la Rue, c.1900
Poker Nº 505 • Thursday, November 12, 2015
Heraclio Fournier ‘Poker Nº 505’ for export to Argentina with elaborate peacock joker, c.1960
Spin & Old Maid • Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Lovely Victorian family card game with illustrations by the famous humorous artist, cartoonist and illustrator Richard Doyle (1824-1883)
Cartes Imperiales et Royales • Wednesday, November 11, 2015
‘Cartes Imperiales et Royales’ published by B. P. Grimaud & Cie representing imperial rulers and consorts from Austria, England, France & Russia, mid-19th century
Stop Thief & Snip-Snap • Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Another late Victorian family card game by Thomas de la Rue & Co Ltd, c.1895 with beautifully illustrated period characters.
Moods & Faces • Monday, November 9, 2015
“Moods & Faces” round game by Thos de la Rue & Co Ltd,. c.1900
Cavalry Game • Sunday, November 8, 2015
The “Cavalry Game” manufactured by Thomas de la Rue & Co Ltd, c.1900-10
Gipsy Fortune Telling Cards • Wednesday, November 4, 2015
“Gipsy” fortune-telling cards with original artwork by Hylton Cock, published by Thomas de la Rue & Co Ltd., c.1910.
Tempest • Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Tempest is a family card game designed by W. Heath Robinson and published by Thomas de la Rue & Co. Ltd, c.1920s
Archaeological find: old playing cards under the floorboards • Monday, November 2, 2015
The municipal archaeological service in Dordrecht (Netherlands) recently found some antique playing cards under the floorboards inside an old public bar.
Golliwogg, c.1902 • Sunday, November 1, 2015
The stories about the Golliwogg and the Dutch dolls were written by Bertha Upton (1849-1912) and illustrated by her daughter Florence Kate Upton (1873-1922)
Shop Item Tarjetas de la Felicidad • Saturday, October 31, 2015
“Tarjetas de la Felicidad” contain positive mental affirmations designed by Lauro Trevisan, a Brazilian priest, writer and proponent of Mind Power and Human Development
Non-standard deck by Maillard • Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Attractive deck by the Portuguese maker Maillard, c.1885 with scenic aces and German-style courts
Thomas Walters Transformation • Saturday, October 24, 2015
Hand-drawn transformation pack dated 1874 with the name Thomas Walters on the ace of spades.
Canadian National Railways • Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Canadian National Railways souvenir deck, dated to 1927. Every card is gilt edged, and carries a different photograph of Canada.
Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland Maritime Deck • Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Dutch Maritime pack designed by J.Verhoeven and printed by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland c1938
A Motley Pack • Monday, October 19, 2015
A book titled “On The Cards” or “A Motley Pack” by Garnet Walch (1843-1913) was published in Melbourne (Australia) and illustrated by George Gordon McCrae in 1875.
Vincenz Raimund Grüner 1809 • Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Transformation cards designed and engraved by Vincenz Raimund Grüner, Vienna, 1809
Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure • Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure playing cards promoting the ultimate hair perfection
Tarjetas de la Felicidad • Wednesday, October 14, 2015
“Tarjetas de la Felicidad” containing positive mental affirmations by Lauro Trevisan, Buenos Aires (Argentina) c.2001
Die Neue ÖVP • Monday, October 12, 2015
Promotional deck for the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) printed by Piatnik, 1996
Sony Tape Rock ‘N’ Pop Playing Cards • Monday, October 12, 2015
Deck featuring “18 Rock ‘n’ Pop” Superstars portrayed on the court cards and jokers by eight of Britain’s leading illustrators.
Blog Post Announcing Ken Lodge’s Blog • Saturday, October 10, 2015
We're excited to announce that Ken Lodge, one of the foremost experts on the standard English pattern, is relocating his blog to the World of Playing Cards. From now onwards you will be able to enjoy Ken's insights and opinions here from Ken's new blog page.
Cartes à Jouer Espagnoles • Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Cartes à Jouer Espagnoles Héron - Catalan pattern
Hand-Painted Transformation, c.1800-20 • Wednesday, October 7, 2015
An early 19th century set of hand-painted transformation playing cards depicting contemporary scenes from Georgian society
Blog Post GoFishFriday playing cards designed and created by Daniel Campbell • Tuesday, October 6, 2015
GoFishFriday is a unique deck of playing cards designed and created in an offbeat and quirky horror-punk style by Catch Phrase Dan
Mas-Reynals Catalan Pattern • Monday, October 5, 2015
Mas-Reynals standard Catalan pattern comes in several slightly different versions
A Pair of Transformation Packs • Sunday, October 4, 2015
Two similar but fascinatingly different hand-drawn transformation decks by the same artist, c.1875
Roberts Brothers Ltd, Gloucester • Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Roberts Brothers Ltd, Gloucester (Glevum Brand) ‘Old Maid’ card game, 1920s
J. W. Spear and Sons: ‘Zoology’ • Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Quartet games with scientific illustrations became popular during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. J. W. Spear and Sons Zoology quartet game is a lesson in natural history.
Jacqueline Wilson Playing Cards • Wednesday, September 23, 2015
“Jacqueline Wilson” playing cards were illustrated by Nick Sharratt and published by Winning Moves UK Ltd in 2007
N.A.S.A. Aircraft • Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Lessons of a Widowmaker and Other NASA Aircraft, c.2010
Chinese Roles of Beijing Opera • Monday, September 21, 2015
A very impressive deck of cards featuring 54 different images from “Chinese Roles of Beijing Opera” published by HCG Poker Productions, 2005
Empire Card Company: Star Playing Cards • Monday, September 21, 2015
The “Star” special pack of playing cards manufactured by Thomas De la Rue under their Empire Card Co subsidiary, c.1910
Grolsch Brewery • Sunday, September 20, 2015
A somewhat unusual deck specially designed for Grolsch Breweries evoking self-expression and independence of spirit, c.2012
Mercury One-2-One Situations • Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Mercury ‘One-2-One Situations’ playing cards published by Mercury Communications
Secret Magic Cards • Monday, September 14, 2015
‘Secret Magic Cards’ published by Hanky Panky Toys Thailand Ltd., © World Magic International, 2006
Nu-Vue playing cards for TWA • Monday, September 14, 2015
Nu-Vue playing cards by Brown & Bigelow have novel courts and a special tint which are promoted as “the modern eye-saving concept in playing cards”
Ian Schrager Hotels • Saturday, September 12, 2015
Advertising/souvenir deck of cards associated with the Ian Schrager chain of luxury hotels
“Jeu de Bataille” • Saturday, September 12, 2015
“Jeu de Bataille” card game published by Éditions Willeb, Paris. The court cards represent characters from different nationalities or ethnic groups who are presumably engaged in battle
Willeb Cartes Piquet 502 • Saturday, September 12, 2015
Éditions Willeb Cartes à Jouer Piquet - Belote - Manille Laquées 502
Blog Post Interview with Tom and Judy Dawson from 52 Plus Joker • Monday, September 7, 2015
Interview with Tom and Judy Dawson from 52 Plus Joker. Chatting about the history of playing cards, uses of cards and collecting.
Ainu culture • Friday, September 4, 2015
A terrific deck of cards made by Nintendo c.1979 with original designs on every card showing the Ainu, the indigenous people of Japan.
“Ilha da Madeira” Souvenir • Wednesday, September 2, 2015
“Ilha da Madeira” Souvenir playing cards with 54 colour views of the archipelago
Film Fantasy • Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Pepys “Film Fantasy” card game based on MGM’s most popular 1939 film releases, issued just at the time when WW2 began
Pneumatic Series ‘F’ • Wednesday, September 2, 2015
De la Rue Pneumatic Series ‘F’ playing cards, c.1925
Rūfa • Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Rūfa is a game designed by Ernest Legh and manufactured by De la Rue. The object is to build a pagoda with specially-designed cards without causing the building to collapse.
Olivia’s Lucky Ladies • Tuesday, September 1, 2015
“Olivia’s Lucky Ladies” glamour model playing cards produced by Ozone Productions Ltd, USA, 2004
“Marine Lives of Maldives” • Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Souvenir deck from The Maldives depicting marine life in the Indian Ocean
Malaysia Airlines • Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Malaysian-made deck of cards produced for Malaysian Airline Systems (MAS)
Legendary Land’s End • Tuesday, September 1, 2015
“Legendary Land’s End” deck by John Hinde showing photographic views of Land’s End, Cornwall (UK)
Van Genechten: Tobacco advertising • Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Advertising decks made in Belgium by A. Van Genechten, 1960s.
Souvenir of Kos • Monday, August 31, 2015
Souvenir playing cards from the Greek island of Kos, published by Eurocard. Each card has a different scene, with many Greek and Roman antiquities and archaeological treasures.