A terrific deck of cards made by Nintendo c.1979 with original designs on every card showing the Ainu, the indigenous people of Japan.
‘Air India’ playing cards, made in India
Apache rawhide playing cards by ‘Tonto Naipero’, c.1871
Designed to illustrate the history of four indigenous tribes who represent the roots of the Argentinean race.
“Baraja Charra” with paintings by Ernesto Icaza, 2002
'Baralla Galega' designed by X. Cobas and published by Imprenta Comercial Imprent S.A., La Coruña (Spain) in 1983
Whisky advertising playing cards manufactured by Nintendo Playing Cards Co Ltd for Dodwell & Co., 1960s
Jeu de Cartes “Bretagne” conveying their cultural identity
A very impressive deck of cards featuring 54 different images from “Chinese Roles of Beijing Opera” published by HCG Poker Productions, 2005
Circular playing cards in a round tin titled: Sutherland's Circular Coon Cards published by Hartley Bros Pty Ltd, Australia, late 19th century.
“Cossack” playing cards, with artwork by O. Panchenko dedicated to the revival of the traditions of the Cossacks. Printed by the Colour Printing Plant, St Petersburg, 1994
“Eastern” playing cards dedicated to ethnic Buryat culture, 2015
Promotional playing cards produced for ‘El Rodeo Talabartería’ specialising in leather goods and clothing, Buenos Aires, c.2006.
The court cards and indices on Estonian playing cards are Södur, Emand, Kuninga.
“Four Races” playing cards designed by Latvian artist Vilnis Rasa in 1989
The “Game of Nations” depicting caricatures of traditional costumes manufactured by McLoughlin Brothers, USA 1890s
Iceland Mythological Playing Cards designed by Sigurlinna Pétursson, 1958
Irish Historic Playing Cards celebrating history and art, 1920
Goodall’s “Japanesque” brand was used for stationery products since around 1880 but these playing cards were added to the range in around 1900
“Kenya Tribus” playing cards published by Sapra, Mount Kenya Sundries Ltd, Nairobi, 1991
The first of two decks designed by Ukrainian illustrator Vladislav Erko for “Korchma Taras Bulba” restaurant which serves traditional Ukrainian cuisine
“Les Artisans Tunisiens” Jeu de Sept Familles published by Éditions de la Mediterranée, Alpha S.A., Tunis
Maori themed playing cards from New Zealand depicting Maori Kings, Queens and Chiefs
Florencio de los Ángeles Molina Campos (1891-1959) produced the artwork for his series of Gaucho playing cards from 1944 to 1958.
Mongol Playing Cards with courts in traditional costume
Mongolian Playing Cards
‘Naipe Criollo Caraí Pujol’ with Gaucho designs by Julio F. Parada Seifert capturing the spirit of Argentine country life, 2005.
“Nationalities”, the people of many nations, published by the Fireside Game Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, c.1897
Ojibwa Native Indian playing cards hand manufactured on birch bark in imitation of standard French / English cards, c.1875
The Pekka-game consists of family members of four, illustrating the stereotypes of Caucasian Finns with various occupations, each with their wife, daughter and son.
‘Pelaco’ playing cards with Aboriginal characters by Sands & McDougall, Australia, c.1930
“Reshuffle” by Reetta Hiltunen, Finland, is a playing card installation stemming from the traditional Finnish children's card game Pekka-game or Funny Families.
Lovely Victorian family card game with illustrations by the famous humorous artist, cartoonist and illustrator Richard Doyle (1824-1883)
“Strange People” card game produced by the Fireside Game Co., Cincinnati, 1895.