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July 2018

Garuda Indonesia • Sunday, July 8, 2018

Souvenir playing cards from Garuda Indonesia Airlines, the national airline of Indonesia.

Mary Queen of Scots • Thursday, July 5, 2018

Mary Queen of Scots and other Tudor period dignitaries, published by Piatnik, 1990.

Blog Post   Bharata Playing Cards • Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Bharata Playing Cards - Series 2, based on Indian folk art, published by Sunish Chabba, 2018

June 2018

Shuffled Symphonies • Friday, June 29, 2018

Shuffled Symphonies published by Pepys Games in association with Walt Disney, 1939.

Salon-Karte No.66 • Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Salon-Karte No.66 designed by Walter Krauss, c.1970

Shop Item  Hunt’s P.C. Manufacturing Co Ltd • Monday, June 25, 2018

Hunt’s Playing Card Manufacturing Company Ltd, c.1875

Naipes Parliament por Caloi • Sunday, June 24, 2018

Carlos Loiseau, better known as ‘Caloi’, was a cartoonist whose designs for Parliament Cigarettes were first published in the early 1970s.

Shop Item  Cigarillos Parliament by Caloi • Sunday, June 24, 2018

Cartoon faces for Parliament Cigarettes, 1970s

World Leaders Snap • Friday, June 22, 2018

World Leaders Snap published around WW2, c.1940.

Chief Cities Quartettes • Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Hand-made ‘Chief Cities Quartettes’ card game, c.1910.

Burj Al Arab hotel, Dubai • Saturday, June 16, 2018

Gold plated souvenir playing cards from the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel in Dubai.

May 2018

Famous Pirates • Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Playing Cards of Famous Pirates, 2012.

Monty Gum ‘Stars Play’ • Monday, May 21, 2018

‘Stars Play’ card set published by Monty Gum, Leiden, 1988.

Dartmouth Happy Families • Thursday, May 17, 2018

“Dartmouth Happy Families” printed by Tozer & Co, 1989 to raise funds for Dartmouth Swimming Pool.

Shop Item  James English & Co., c.1875 • Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Full deck by James English & Co (London) c.1875

Shop Item  Pneumatic and Boudoir brochure • Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Publicity leaflet featuring “Pneumatic” and “Boudoir” playing cards, c.1930.

Shop Item  Playing Card Oracles • Sunday, May 13, 2018

Playing Card Oracles book and deck of cards by Ana Cortez & C. J. Freeman, 1st edition, 2002.

Mickey’s Fun Fair • Thursday, May 10, 2018

Mickey’s Fun Fair published by Pepys Games in collaboration with Walt Disney, 1939.

Snow White 1st edition • Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Snow White card game 1st edition published by Castell Brothers Ltd (Pepys), 1937.

Snow White 2nd edition • Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Snow White 2nd edition published by Pepys Games, 1951.

Crime Club • Friday, May 4, 2018

Crime Club card game by Peter Cheyney, issued by Pepys Games, 1939.

April 2018

Bicycle Playing Cards, 1st edition • Thursday, April 12, 2018

1st edition of famous Bicycle Playing Cards printed by Russell & Morgan Printing Co., Cincinnati, 1885.

Amorous Translucent Playing Cards • Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Amorous Translucent Playing Cards, French, c.1850.

Hercules • Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Hercules card game published by Herclio Fournier, 1997.

I Commit • Tuesday, April 10, 2018

“I Commit” crime club card game invented by Laurence Meynell, Pepys Games, 1948.

A Goofy Movie • Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A Goofy Movie card game published by Heraclio Fournier, 1996.

Mickey and the Beanstalk • Saturday, April 7, 2018

Mickey and the Beanstalk card game devised by Ern Shaw for Pepys Games, 1947.

Leipzig Exhibition Skat, 1897 • Wednesday, April 4, 2018

“Leipziger Skat-Karte” depicting scenes from the Leipzig Industry and Trade Exhibition designed by Arthur Lewin, 1897.

Trains • Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Trains card game with pictures by Ian Allan, published by Pepys, 1962.

Neue Deutsche Spielkarte • Monday, April 2, 2018

Neue Deutsche Spielkarte (Reformkarte) conceived by Dr. Timon Schroeter, 1883.

007 Die Another Day • Sunday, April 1, 2018

“007 Die Another Day” James Bond themed playing cards, 2002.

March 2018

Dan Dare • Saturday, March 31, 2018

Dan Dare sci-fi card game based upon Frank Hampson’s pictures in the Eagle comic, published in 1953.

Musikalisches Kartenspiel • Saturday, March 31, 2018

Facsimile of Dondorf’s “Musikalisches Kartenspiel” (c.1862) published by Lo Scarabeo, 2004

Gulliver’s Travels • Saturday, March 24, 2018

Gulliver’s Travels by Pepys Games, based on the cartoon film, 1940.

No.4 Special Whist • Thursday, March 22, 2018

No.4 Special Whist (American Skat) playing cards made by the Russell & Morgan Printing Company, 1889.

Pinocchio • Thursday, March 22, 2018

Pinocchio fairy tale playing cards illustrated by Iassen Ghiuselev for Lo Scarabeo, 2003.

Jeu Grotesque • Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Jeu Grotesque was first published in France c.1800.

Dal Negro Bridge set • Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Dal Negro Bridge set featuring old Vienna pattern courts.

Film Stars • Friday, March 16, 2018

Film Stars from the 1960s with photography by Sam Levin.

Faraway Tree • Friday, March 16, 2018

Faraway Tree was first published in 1950 based on the stories by Enid Blyton.

Carte Romane • Thursday, March 15, 2018

“Carte Romane” designed by Giorgio Pessione, 1973, celebrating the history of Rome.

Cuccù • Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Cuccù or Cucco, an ancient Italian card game, published by Masenghini, 1979.

Sarde Pattern • Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sarde pattern published by Modiano, c.1975, based on early XIX century Spanish model.

Trentine Pattern • Saturday, March 10, 2018

Trentine Pattern

Triestine Pattern • Saturday, March 10, 2018

The Triestine pattern is derived from the Venetian (Trevisane) pattern but with its own characteristics.

Primiera Bolognese • Friday, March 9, 2018

Primiera Bolognese by Modiano, c.1975

Bergamasche Pattern • Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Bergamasche Pattern by Modiano, 1970s.

Translucent Playing Cards • Friday, March 2, 2018

Translucent Playing Cards, 19th century French from the Biedermeier period

Skits • Friday, March 2, 2018

Skits, an instructive card game which sharpens the wits, c.1900.

Adelaide Casino • Thursday, March 1, 2018

Adelaide Casino by Spicers Paper Ltd, 1987

February 2018

Non-Revoke • Monday, February 26, 2018

Non-Revoke Playing Cards manufactured by Universal Playing Card Co Ltd for Kum-Bak Sports, Toys & Games, c.1930.

Kum-Bak Sports, Toys & Games • Saturday, February 24, 2018

Kum-Bak Sports, Toys & Games MFG Co., Ltd, London S.E.11

Zum • Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Zum card game published by Milton Bradley Co., c.1905.

Calavera Playing Cards • Thursday, February 15, 2018

Calavera playing cards designed by Jirs Huygen for Cartamundi, 2015

Erlenmeyer City Sights • Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Erlenmeyer City Sights hand-illustrated playing cards by Stephanie Gray, 2015.

Desperanto • Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Desperanto language game by Qui Vive Ltd, c.1990.

Blog Post   Bharata Major Arcana Tarot • Friday, February 9, 2018

Bharata Major Arcana Tarot by Ishan Trivedi & Sunish Chabba, 2018. Inspired by Indian art forms.

Baggy Clown Joker • Thursday, February 8, 2018

Evolution of American Bank Note Co's “Baggy Clown” Joker

Shop Item  Česká Zbrojovka motorcycles • Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Obchodní Tiskárny for Česká Zbrojovka motorcycle company, 1979

Shop Item  Marfil 1ª, Hija de B. Fournier, c.1945 • Tuesday, February 6, 2018

'Marfil 1ª' playing cards by Hija de B. Fournier, Burgos for export to Argentina, c.1945.

Cosmopolitan № 2121 playing cards • Monday, February 5, 2018

“Cosmopolitan” № 2121 playing cards designed by Russian artist Valeri Mishin, 1996

Blog Post   Estate Playing Cards • Sunday, February 4, 2018

Estate Playing Cards with five suits designed by Keith Wilson

Greek Mythology • Saturday, February 3, 2018

Greek Mythology playing cards published by Michalis Toubis S.A., 1995.

Shop Item  Cappellano ‘Vel Cap’ Naipes Poker, c.1958 • Friday, February 2, 2018

Vel-Cap playing cards by Orestes A. Cappellano de Jorge C. Oneto, c.1958-1960.

January 2018

Five Suit Bridge • Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Five Suit Bridge was invented in Vienna in 1937 by Walter W. Marseille and Dr. Paul Stern.

Anno Mundi • Saturday, January 27, 2018

Anno Mundi: an early Jaques game described as ‘scripture recreation for the young’ with events in the Old Testament boldly dated, c.1875.

Davy Crockett • Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier... card game published by Pepys Games, 1956.

Weights and Measures • Tuesday, January 23, 2018

“Weights and Measures” card game by John Jaques & Son, Ltd., c.1890, a reminder of some of our more archaic units of measurement.

Johannes Müller c.1840 • Sunday, January 21, 2018

Facsimile edition of Swiss suited deck first published by Johannes Müller in c.1840.

Collectors' Playing Cards for Sale • Thursday, January 18, 2018

Some more interesting playing cards for sale.

HOLIDAY COTTAGE FOR RENT • Wednesday, January 17, 2018

My wife and I have recently started to offer a holiday cottage for rent.

ANNOUNCING A NEW BOOK • Tuesday, January 16, 2018

I have written a new book on the history of the British playing card industry.

59: Owen Jones (1809-74) and De La Rue • Monday, January 15, 2018

A selection of examples of Owen Jones's work printed by De La Rue.

Pilsner Urquell • Monday, January 15, 2018

Pilsner Urquell publicity deck from Czech Republic featuring beer drinkers.

Intecta Interior Design • Saturday, January 13, 2018

Intecta playing cards designed by Paul Reissmüller, 1982.

Fashion Face Off • Saturday, January 13, 2018

“Fashion Face Off” card game illustrated by Erin Petson for Laurence King Publishing, c.2011.

Secret Agent • Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Secret Agent by Pepys Games, the card game with the magic monocle, 1957.

Shop Item  Amanco • Monday, January 8, 2018

La Española Classic pattern small size for "Amanco", 2005.

De Land’s Nifty playing cards • Monday, January 8, 2018

De Land’s Nifty playing cards published by S. S. Adams Co, c.1930.

BMW Promo Top Trumps • Saturday, January 6, 2018

BMW Promo Top Trumps produced as a promotion for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Hannelore Heise: “Essay” & “Gracia” • Thursday, January 4, 2018

Two charming designs by Hannelore Heise from Germany.

Berliner Originale • Wednesday, January 3, 2018

“Berliner Originale” designed by Manfred Bofinger, 1986.

Coricidin Demilets • Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Coricidin Demilets pharmaceutical playing cards, 1967.

Kaiserkarte • Monday, January 1, 2018

Facsimile of “Kaiserkarte” first published by Schneider & Co in 1910 for the Imperial Court.

December 2017

Belle Vue Gueuze • Thursday, December 28, 2017

Promotional playing cards designed by Wim Simons, Belgium, 1960s.

Georgian Fortune Telling Cards • Sunday, December 24, 2017

Georgian Fortune Telling Cards, c.1800

DSA Textil Berlin • Friday, December 22, 2017

Special deck for Erste Deutsche Sack-Centrale / DSA Textil Berlin manufactured by VEB Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik, c.1970.

Kleine Tierwelt • Monday, December 18, 2017

“Kleine Tierwelt” wildlife quartet game designed by Heinz Osthoff, published by Bielefelder Spielkarten GmbH, 1963.

Jonas Fouquet Navarra Pattern • Sunday, December 17, 2017

Navarra Pattern by Jonas Fouquet, c.1720 and c.1820.

Blog Post   Vizaĝo playing cards • Sunday, December 17, 2017

Vizaĝo playing cards created by Annette Abolins, 2017

Black Cat Fortune Telling Cards • Friday, December 15, 2017

Black Cat Fortune Telling Cards published by Parker Bros, 1897

Boulogne-sur-Mer Chamber of Commerce • Thursday, December 14, 2017

Boulogne-sur-Mer Chamber of Commerce & Industry playing cards illustrated by James Hodges, c.1974.

Royal Cards Reign of Queen Anne • Wednesday, December 13, 2017

“Royal Cards Reign of Queen Anne” cover historical events, both honourable and treacherous, during the period 1702 to 1704.

Navarra Pattern, 1682 • Monday, December 11, 2017

Navarra pattern produced for the Pamplona General Hospital Monopoly in 1682.

Pedro Varangot, 1786 • Monday, December 11, 2017

Archaic Navarra pattern produced for the Pamplona General Hospital Monopoly by Pedro Varangot in 1786.

Tarocchini Bolognesi by Carlo Zanardi • Saturday, December 9, 2017

Tarocchini Bolognesi by Carlo Zanardi, c.1760

Hermanos Solesi • Friday, December 8, 2017

“Money Bag” pattern by Hermanos Solesi, late 18th c.

Bourgeois Tarot by Piatnik 1987 • Monday, December 4, 2017

Piatnik’s ‘Bourgeois Tarot’ in a version published in 1987 with nice quality images, especially the double-ended trump cards.

November 2017

V. F. Solesio Tarot • Thursday, November 30, 2017

V. F. Solesio Tarot, Genoa, mid-late 19th century

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