Standard Genoese pattern with French indices made by Biermans for Cigarrillo Holiday and the Estanco de Naipes del Perú.
Patience deck for British American Tobacco printed by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland c.1940
Half-sized cigarette playing cards published by Bucktrout & Co., Ltd (Guernsey) c.1930.
Carreras Fortune Telling Cards, 1926
Carreras Ltd miniature playing cards and dominoes, 1929
Carreras issued a number of packs of advertising playing cards as well as many cigarette and trade cards, miniature playing cards, dominoes, fortune telling cards and Happy Family cards during the 1920s and 30s.
Spanish style pack issued on behalf of the Cía Chilena de Tabacos, c.1932
Anglo-American style pack issued on behalf of the Cía Chilena de Tabacos, c.1930
Cigarette Cards, Trade Cards, Miniature Playing Cards and other ephemera.
Spanish-suited playing cards for Cigarrillos Compadre, Peru, early 1900s
De Reszke Cigarettes “What the Stars Say” astrology cards issued by J. Milhoff & Co., 1934
The design of the figures is very agile with excellent colour harmony and execution.
Tobacco insert cards were a very successful marketing innovation which started in the nineteenth century.
Heber Mardon was born in 1840. With his father he founded the firm of Mardon and Son which, in 1863, became Mardon, Son & Hall.
Coimexpor Spanish-suited playing cards by Industria Gráfica Pesout, S.A., Buenos Aires, Argentina, c.2008
John Player Special non-standard playing cards created by the illustrator Nick Price, 1987
Litografía Fabbri, Lima, Peru, c.1900-20, printers of cigarette insert cards for tobacco companies.
A division of Imperial Tobacco, they appear to have made cards almost exclusively for the cigarette token market, which flourished during the 1930s.
Miniature playing cards advertising "Perma" smoking-related products featuring the "Perma Girl" on the backs and Joker.
There were various Sports and Sporting Whist themes... and tobacco advertising on score cards.
Tobacco cards with miniature playing cards inset into top corners, printed by Litografía y Tipografía Fabbri Hermanos, for Roldan y Cia Tobacco, Lima, c.1895.
Advertising decks made in Belgium by A. Van Genechten, 1960s.
Double pack commemorating the 200th anniversary of W.D & H.O. Wills Ltd, 1786 - 1986.
The W.D & H.O. Wills Playing Card promotion of the early 1930s
W.D & H.O.Wills Playing Card scheme page 2
Wills’s “Happy Families” cards were issued by the Imperial Tobacco Company (of Great Britain and Ireland) Limited in around 1930.