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September 2017

Qajar Dynasty playing cards • Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Qajar Dynasty playing cards, Iran, 19th century.

Jeu des Quatre Saisons de l’An II • Tuesday, September 12, 2017

“Jeu des Quatre Saisons de l’An II” facsimile of French Revolution deck originally published by J. B. Debeine (Reims) 1793.

Jeu des Drapeaux c.1816 • Monday, September 11, 2017

“Jeu des Drapeaux” commemorating Napoleon’s greatest battles, c.1816

Provinces de France • Sunday, September 10, 2017

Jeu des Provinces de France published by Éditions Dusserre, 1979.

Mongolian Mask Dancing • Sunday, September 10, 2017

Mongolian Religious Mask Dancing playing cards, c.2010

Il Destino Svelato Dal Tarocco • Friday, September 8, 2017

The Cagliostro Tarot was first published in 1912 as “Il Destino Svelato Dal Tarocco”.

Nepal Souvenir • Friday, September 8, 2017

Souvenir from Nepal marketed by Himalayan Map House

Alchimistenspiel • Friday, September 8, 2017

Alchimistenspiel - Jeu des Alchimistes designed by Elfriede Weidenhaus, 1967

Sorrento Napoletane • Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Souvenir of Sorrento by Carte Da Gioco Muoio, Naples, c.2010

French Suited Piquet • Wednesday, September 6, 2017

French Suited Piquet by David Vachet, Switzerland, c.1812.

Blog Post   Creature Comfort • Monday, September 4, 2017

Creature Comfort playing cards designed by Don Moyer, 2017.

John Nixon Scrapbook, 1803 • Sunday, September 3, 2017

Transformation proofs from the John Nixon Scrapbook.

Forrest Cards, c.1750s • Saturday, September 2, 2017

Hand-coloured Forrest Cards produced for “Young Gentlemen & Ladys who are Lovers of Ingenuity”, c.1750s.

Fortune Telling playing cards • Friday, September 1, 2017

English Fortune Telling cards probably published c.1770.

The Kiss, 1808 • Friday, September 1, 2017

‘Aphorisms on the Kiss’ published by C. A. Solbrig, Leipzig, 1808.

August 2017

Delightful Cards, c.1723 • Thursday, August 31, 2017

Delightful Cards, containing variety of entertainment for young Ladies and Gentlemen c.1723

HOLIDAY COTTAGE FOR RENT • Thursday, August 31, 2017

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

Sandton City • Tuesday, August 29, 2017

African tribal mask playing cards for Sandton City, Johannesburg.

Trinidad Carnival Playing Cards • Tuesday, August 29, 2017

“Allfours Carnival Playing Cards” designed by Gabby Woodham, Trinidad, 1995

Thackeray Transformation Cards, 1876 • Monday, August 28, 2017

Transformation playing cards by William Makepeace Thackeray, 1876

Rolla Nordic Tarot • Sunday, August 27, 2017

Rolla Nordic Tarot was drawn by Paul Mathison.

Story Magazine • Saturday, August 26, 2017

Dutch singers, TV and theatre artist playing cards for “Story” magazine, 1978.

Porträt • Friday, August 25, 2017

“Porträt” designed by Walter Krauss, 1968

Naked Truth • Friday, August 25, 2017

“Naked Truth” Playing Politics with caricatures by Jason Pratt, 1997

Jungle Parties • Friday, August 25, 2017

“Jungle Parties” or “Playing Politics '87” designed & drawn by Patrick Cuenot.

Boerenbond Veevoeders • Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Promotional deck designed by Ray Goossens for the Boerenbond farmers’ union, c.1968

Löwen Entertainment • Sunday, August 20, 2017

Skat deck for Löwen Entertainment, producers of electronic gaming machines, 1986

Scottish Legends • Sunday, August 20, 2017

Scottish Legends playing cards illustrated by Mark Oxbrow. published by R Somerville, Edinburgh, 1998.

4C Gemstone playing cards for De Beers • Thursday, August 17, 2017

4C Gemstone playing cards for De Beers, 1988.

José Martinez de Castro, Madrid, 1810 • Sunday, August 13, 2017

Baraja “Neoclásica” engraved by José Martínez de Castro, first published by Clemente Roxas, Madrid, 1810.

Romance Español • Sunday, August 13, 2017

“Romance Español” designed by Carlos Sáenz de Tejada and published by Heraclio Fournier in various editions since 1951.

Baraja Mitológica • Saturday, August 12, 2017

“Baraja Mitológica” was first published in Madrid in c.1815 by Josef Monjardín from engravings by José Martínez de Castro.

Antike Götter • Friday, August 11, 2017

“Antike Götter” - facsimile of antique playing cards originally manufactured by C. A. Müller, Berlin, 1830.

Europe • Tuesday, August 8, 2017

“Europe” designed by Teodoro N. Miciano and printed by Heraclio Fournier in 1962, portraying XIV century European fashions.

Altenburger Bauerntrachten • Monday, August 7, 2017

“Altenburger Bauerntrachten” commemorating 150 years of playing cards from Altenburg, designed by Andreas Wachter, 1982

Shop Item  VELCAP circular playing cards • Sunday, August 6, 2017

VELCAP circular playing cards made by Cappellano S.A., c.1980

Shop Item  Cappellano ‘Vel Cap’ for Lutz Ferrando y Cía 1960 • Sunday, August 6, 2017

Double set of Vel-Cap playing cards for Lutz Ferrando y Cía Opticians by Orestes A. Cappellano de Jorge C. Oneto, c.1960-65.

Shop Item  Poker Tela de Araña • Sunday, August 6, 2017

Poker Tela de Araña by Flaiban S.A.C.I. in factory wrapper with 10 Peso tax band, c.1965

“African Art” Playing cards • Sunday, August 6, 2017

“African Art” Playing cards by John J. Beckvermit III, 1994

Little Demons • Saturday, August 5, 2017

“Little Demons” playing cards illustrated by Wayne Anderson, c.1970

Schwäbisch Hall • Saturday, August 5, 2017

Schwäbisch Hall building society publicity deck designed by Alex Kardas, c.1975.

Le Grand Tarot Belline • Saturday, August 5, 2017

“Le Grand Tarot Belline” after drawings by Edmond Billaudot (1829-1881)

Shop Item  Radisson Hotels & Resorts • Friday, August 4, 2017

Spanish-suited playing cards for Radisson Hotels & Resorts in Montevideo by Impresos Manrique, 2009.

Bayer • Thursday, August 3, 2017

Humorous pharmaceutical deck made by Antoine van Genechten for Bayer, c.1963.

Brunner Möbel • Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Publicity pack for Brunner Möbel with graphic design by André Stehle, 1966

July 2017

Waddington’s 1940 Trade Brochure • Monday, July 31, 2017

Waddington’s 1940 Trade Brochure.

Shop Item  República AFAP • Sunday, July 30, 2017

Spanish-suited deck for República AFAP S.A. winners of the Instituto Nacional de Calidad awards, Montevideo, 2006.

Shop Item  Julio Talamás • Sunday, July 30, 2017

Uruguayan playing cards for Julio Talamás produced by Imprimex S.A. (Plasur), 2006.

Shop Item  Gregson’s Truco Championship 2008 • Sunday, July 30, 2017

Uruguay playing cards for Gregson's Truco Championship made by Imprimex S.A., 2008.

Shop Item  Miniature children’s playing cards • Sunday, July 30, 2017

Miniature children’s playing cards from Uruguay depicting popular heroes, c.1930

Shop Item  Mini-Naipes Futbol • Sunday, July 30, 2017

Children’s football player cards, anonymous manufacturer, Montevideo, c.1928.

Shop Item  Naipe Infantil Gauchito • Sunday, July 30, 2017

"Naipe Infantil Gauchito" children’s miniature playing cards with Proverbs and Maxims on the reverse, c.1928.

Shop Item  Copri Correo Privado, 2000 • Sunday, July 30, 2017

Non-standard Uruguayan playing cards designed by Alvaros with advertising backs for Copri Correo Privado, 2000

Deutsche Reichsbahn • Saturday, July 29, 2017

Deutsche Reichsbahn (German Railways) deck designed by Peter Becker, 1989

Shop Item  Naipes Heraldo, 1976 • Saturday, July 29, 2017

Naipes 'Heraldo' manufactured by Cia Fabril Financiera S.A, Iriarte 2035, Buenos Aires, c.1975-76.

Shop Item  Naipes Guarany, c.1960 • Friday, July 28, 2017

Naipes Guarany by C. Della Penna S.A.C.I., c.1960

Shop Item  Naipes Victoria 350 • Friday, July 28, 2017

Naipes Victoria 350 manufactured by Cía General Fabril Financiera S.A. c.1979.

Shop Item  Naipes ‘El Heraldo’ • Friday, July 28, 2017

Standard ‘El Heraldo’ pack, manufactured by Cia Fabril Financiera S.A, Bs. Aires, c.1976.

Classic • Wednesday, July 26, 2017

“Classic” playing cards designed by Paul Mathison inspired by classical mythology, 1959

America • Monday, July 24, 2017

“America” playing cards designed by Teodoro N Miciano, 1960

Baraja Taurina Toranzo • Saturday, July 22, 2017

Baraja Taurina Mexicana Toranzo with paintings by Antonio Navarrete, 2003

Dvouhlavé Hrací Karty • Friday, July 21, 2017

“Dvouhlavé Hrací Karty” (Czech Seasons playing cards) made by Obchodní Tiskárny, c.1980

Bucktrout & Co. Ltd (Channel Isles) c.1930 • Friday, July 21, 2017

Half-sized cigarette playing cards published by Bucktrout & Co., Ltd (Guernsey) c.1930.

Dames de France • Friday, July 21, 2017

“Dames de France” published by J-M Simon based on originals by Armand Gustave Houbigant, Paris, c.1817

Occupational Safety • Friday, July 21, 2017

Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Accident Research, 1978

Gallo Extra Intransparente • Thursday, July 20, 2017

Gallo Extra Intransparente by Clemente Jacques y Cia S.A., Mexico

Royal Pavilion at Brighton • Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Royal Pavilion, also known as the Brighton Pavilion, is an Asian-style palace built for King George IV when he was Prince of Wales.

Butagaz • Thursday, July 20, 2017

“Butagaz” playing cards for the French gas company, c.1976

Michelin Tyres, c.1970 • Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Michelin Tyres by Waddingtons, c.1970

Sheba by Omega Concepts Ltd, 1972 • Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sheba playing cards illustrated by Brent Bailer and published by Omega Concepts Ltd, 1972

Shop Item  Naipes Argentinos ‘Aparcero’ • Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Naipes Argentinos ‘Aparcero’ published by Obsequios Empresarios Argentinos for Sancor Seguros, 2007

Casais Portugueses • Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Matching game by Majora, Lisbon, c.1970, featuring figures in national dress from Portuguese provinces and colonies

Shop Item  Naipes Side Car in wrapper • Monday, July 17, 2017

Naipes Side Car Español - Spanish version - mint in factory wrapper, c.1950

Shop Item  Naipes Porteño • Monday, July 17, 2017

Naipes Porteño Spanish-suited playing cards manufactured by C. Della Penna S.A.C.I., Buenos Aires, c.1956

Shop Item  Disney Collectible Cards • Monday, July 17, 2017

Uncut sheet of Disney collectable cards printed in Poland by KZWP-Trefl, 2003

Shop Item  Reed Paper & Packaging uncut sheet • Monday, July 17, 2017

Reed Paper & Packaging uncut sheet, c.1978

Shop Item  ‘Veto’ Collectible Card Game • Monday, July 17, 2017

Uncut sheet of ‘Veto’ Collectible Card Game, 2004

Shop Item  Klipp Klapp Karten • Monday, July 17, 2017

Uncut sheet of educational card game printed by KZWP-Trefl for Kindermuseum Oelde, 2004

Shop Item  Uncut sheet of “Baraja Literaria” • Monday, July 17, 2017

Uncut sheet of “Baraja Literaria” fantasy Spanish style pack with cartoons by Serafín, 2002

Shop Item  Star Wars uncut sheet • Monday, July 17, 2017

uncut sheet of “STAR WARS Episode 1” playing cards printed by U.S. Playing Card Co., c.1999

Shop Item  KZWP North German Pattern • Monday, July 17, 2017

Uncut sheet of North-German 'Berliner' pattern for Fortuna Speelkaarten (NL)

Shop Item  Uncut Sheet of Rhineland Pattern by KZWP-Trefl • Monday, July 17, 2017

Uncut Sheet of Bavarian Pattern by KZWP-Trefl for InnoCard International GmBH with advertising backs for Spital Brewery

Shop Item  Uncut Sheet of McDonald’s Playing Cards • Monday, July 17, 2017

Uncut Sheet of McDonald’s Playing Cards printed by U.S. Playing Card Co., c.1997

Shop Item  Naipes del Mundial, 1978 • Monday, July 17, 2017

‘Mundialito’ toy playing cards published with the magazine ‘Radiolandia 2000’, Argentina, June 1978.

Menorca Souvenir by Savir S.A. • Monday, July 17, 2017

Menorca Souvenir by Savir S.A., Barcelona, c.1980

Disability Daily • Saturday, July 15, 2017

Disability Daily playing cards designed by Tamasin Cole.

Velux • Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Velux - la fenêtre de toit de qualité, c.1990.

June 2017

Volleyball European Championship ’83 • Thursday, June 29, 2017

Volleyball European Championship Rummy, 1983, designed by Klaus Hennig.

Micky Mau~Mau • Friday, June 23, 2017

Micky Mau~Mau by F. X. Schmid, 1978

Blaze • Wednesday, June 21, 2017

“Blaze” was introduced just before Johnson Bros changed their name to Chad Valley Ltd, c.1920

Tarocchi di Mantegna, c.1465 • Monday, June 5, 2017

The so-called Tarocchi di Mantegna (c.1465) reflect an ideological structure bringing to mind the soul's progress towards perfection.

Naipe Nacional • Monday, June 5, 2017

Naipe Nacional designed by the architect, illustrator and artist Luis Alemany (1886-1943)

Blog Post   Tesseract Mobile Solitaire Games • Monday, June 5, 2017

Tesseract Mobile’s new Solitaire card games for Android devices features dynamic playing cards that change style...

Versailles • Saturday, June 3, 2017

Sumptuous ‘Versailles’ playing cards created by Matéjà and printed by B. P. Grimaud, c.1970

May 2017

Rodolfo de Olea : “El Elefante” • Wednesday, May 31, 2017

“El Elefante” Cadiz pattern by Rodolfo de Olea Viaña, 1899

Catalogue of Magic Card Tricks • Saturday, May 20, 2017

Gamagic Catalogue of Magic Card Tricks, c.1940. Everyone is familiar with playing cards, which makes them a ready medium for magical performance.

I. Hardy facsimile • Friday, May 19, 2017

Facsimile edition of 19th century I. Hardy Exportation deck complete with reproduction tax wrapper, c.1990s

New Jacob’s Bible Cards • Friday, May 19, 2017

New Jacob’s Bible Cards published by Lion Playing Cards, Tel Aviv

ANNOUNCING A NEW BOOK • Tuesday, May 2, 2017

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

J. Muñoz, Getafe (Madrid) c.1870s • Monday, May 1, 2017

Catalan pattern by unusual manufacturer from Madrid, J. Muñoz, Getafe, c.1870s

April 2017

Jeu de Cartes Napoléon • Sunday, April 30, 2017

Deck created by Matéja celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Napoleon (1769-1969)

Rush Hour • Sunday, April 30, 2017

“Rush Hour” by Universal Publications Ltd, London, c.1935

Fair Play cross cultural playing cards • Wednesday, April 19, 2017

“Fair Play” cross cultural playing cards illustrated by Canadian artist Stephen B. MacInnes

Blog Post   Divine Art Playing Cards - Relaunch • Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Divine Art Playing Cards by Sunish Chabba & Guru Playing Card Company, 2016.

Progressive Whist Cards • Tuesday, April 18, 2017

There are references to “progressive whist” or “whist drives” during the 19th and early years of the 20th century but this form of the game came into its own during the 1920s and 30s

Scottish Picture Playing Cards • Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Scottish Picture Playing Cards featuring photographs by Colin Baxter, 1987

Shop Item  The 72 Names Cards • Friday, April 14, 2017

A divination deck based on the Kabbalistic "72 Names of God" and the metaphysical artwork of Orna Ben-Shoshan, 2010

Aleister Crowley Tarot – the sombre luminary • Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Aleister Crowley Tarot - Crowley and Lady Freda Harris worked on the illustrations between 1938 and 1943

East African Playing Cards • Tuesday, April 11, 2017

East African Playing Cards by Heraclio Fournier S.A., 1957

Chérie • Saturday, April 8, 2017

Chérie No 7022 designed by Hans & Louise Neupert, nice vibrant artwork, swinging 60s

The Summer Palace • Friday, April 7, 2017

The Summer Palace, Beijing, China, c.1998

Biermans Genoese pattern • Thursday, April 6, 2017

Biermans Genoese pattern for Clayson agricultural machinery, late 1960s

Adelaide Casino • Thursday, April 6, 2017

Adelaide Casino by Spicers Paper Ltd, 1987

The Blue Train (Bloutrein) • Tuesday, April 4, 2017

“The Blue Train” playing cards from the luxury train service in South Africa.

March 2017

Mayall Press Art Studies • Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Photographic playing cards - each face having an "art study" of a female nude, Mayall Press, Stockwell, London, c.1946.

Early Tarot Cards • Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tarot, originally a 15th century card game, has evolved into a form of personal mysticism and spirituality.

Norway’s Beauty Spots • Monday, March 20, 2017

Views of Norway’s Beauty Spots Souvenir playing cards published by Nyborg in collaboration with Oslo Travel Association, 1950s.

Shop Item  Ataque Football game • Sunday, March 19, 2017

“Ataque”, a card game simulating football manufactured in Buenos Aires by Vigor S.R.L., 1958

Georg Kapfler • Monday, March 13, 2017

Antique deck of old Bohemian playing cards of the German type manufactured by Georg Kapfler and dated 1611.

Vienna (ex-Lyon) pattern • Sunday, March 12, 2017

‘Vienna pattern’ derived from archaic Lyon pattern by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne A.G., c.1926-1934

Prince of Wales National Relief Fund 1914 • Saturday, March 11, 2017

A two-pack patience set produced by Thomas De la Rue on behalf of the Prince of Wales National Relief Fund in 1914.

Shop Item  Naipes Merlín for Total Magnesiano • Tuesday, March 7, 2017

“Naipes Merlín” Catalan pattern produced by Kit Produccion y Diseño S.A., Argentina, 2009

Cartas Gitanas - Argentine Fortune-telling cards, c.1955 • Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The designs of these fortune-telling cards are largely taken from nineteenth century Austrian "Rural Scenes" Tarock cards.

Shop Item  Naipes Merlín for Bingo Begui • Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Naipes Merlín produced by Kit Produccion y Diseño S.A. for Bingo Begui, 2007

Shop Item  America Online Beach • Tuesday, March 7, 2017

«America Online Beach» promotional playing cards, Spanish suit system, non-standard designs, 2006.

Elephante No.50 • Saturday, March 4, 2017

‘Elephante No.50’ Cadiz pattern produced in Brazil, probably by Azevedo & Cia, Recife, c.1920

Saint-Martin Island Souvenir • Saturday, March 4, 2017

St-Martin Island Souvenir published by Editions Exbrayat

Cádiz Type playing cards • Friday, March 3, 2017

Cádiz Pattern playing cards

Fairy Brand Round Playing Cards No.200A • Thursday, March 2, 2017

Fairy Brand Round Playing Cards No.200A

February 2017

Shop Item  Bodegas Trapiche Día del Amigo, 2003 • Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Bodegas Trapiche Día del Amigo, 2003

Shop Item  Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals, c.1998 • Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals - Accupril & Lipitor, c.1998

Collectors' Playing Cards for Sale • Thursday, February 23, 2017

Some more interesting playing cards for sale.

Naipes Garaycochea • Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Humorous playing cards designed by Carlos Garaycochea, Buenos Aires, c.2002.

“Maxi Puke 201” Circus Poker • Monday, February 20, 2017

“Maxi Puke 201” Circus Poker brand produced by Wenyu Paper Products, Shanghai

Pack of Royals • Thursday, February 16, 2017

Willie Rushton’s “Pack of Royals” featuring caricatures of the Royal Family, 1995

57: China 3 • Thursday, February 9, 2017

A third and final look at some Chinese cards

Master of the Playing Cards • Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Animal suited playing cards engraved by the Master of the Playing Cards, Germany, c.1455

Sola-Busca Tarocchi • Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Sola-Busca Tarocchi, c.1491

Historic Shakespeare • Sunday, February 5, 2017

Historic Shakespeare with courts featuring Shakespearean characters, Chas Goodall & Son, 1893

Desafio Football Caricatures • Sunday, February 5, 2017

“Desafio” playing cards with football player caricatures, c.2000

Shop Item  Escolazo • Friday, February 3, 2017

Naipes Escolazo manufactured by Gráfica S.A., Buenos Aires, c.1978

Shop Item  Carlos V • Friday, February 3, 2017

“Carlos Vº” Catalan pattern by Gráfica S.A., Buenos Aires, 1980s

Shop Item  Inter-Continental Hotel • Thursday, February 2, 2017

La Española Spanish-suited cards for Inter-Continental Hotel, Buenos Aires, 2005

Shop Item  Bodegas Michel Torino • Wednesday, February 1, 2017

La Española 2000 for Bodegas Michel Torino, 2005

January 2017

Shop Item  ServiClub • Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Spanish Cádiz pattern for YPF ServiClub Loyalty Card, 2001

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