“Five 'o One” playing cards, a version of the Dondorf Rhineland pattern, manufactured by Universal Playing Card Co. Ltd in around 1936 for export to Scandinavia
40-card "A Todos Alumbra - Naypes Refinos" pack manufactured by Léonard Biermans, Turnhout, c.1880.
Spanish national pattern by A. Camoin & Cie, Casablanca & Marseille
Cards from a 54-card "Austrian Tarock" or "Industrie und Glück Tarock" pack made by Franz Adametz of Vienna, c.1948. This type of pack originated around…
Swedish style pack by Åkerlund & Rausing, Stockholm, 1931-1937
Aluette playing cards manufactured by Dieudonné & Cie, Angers (France), early 20th century
Naipes "ANGUS" designed by Gustavo A. Pueyrredón, depicting Aberdeen Angus livestock on the courts and jokers dressed as Gauchos.
Anonymous Moroccan Playing Cards for Royal Air Maroc airlines and others...
Argentina has produced a series of anonymous decks, both Spanish-suited and Anglo-American type and children's games.
Anonymous Mexican Playing Card Manufacturers
Anonymous Mexican playing cards, finely engraved and coloured on good card stock, first quarter of the 1800s.
Argentina Tax Stamps on playing cards 1895-1968
Over the years eight different Aces of Spades were used with this brand and the Joker was also modified several times. The brand was eventually phased…
Health Promotion playing cards issued by the British Army with cartoons about army life and information on where to get health advice
The Joker is particularly persuasive, whilst the Ace of Spades has a battle scene involving artillery, with Navy ships in the distance and the statue of…
The Arpak No-Revoke playing cards, 24 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, c.1927-35
Artex Quadrilato No.333 for Tunisia
Two colourful Mexican packs by an anonymous manufacturer titled “As Vencedores” on the ace of coins, designed in the Mexican style, based on the Spanish…
“Ausgold” by SNP Ausprint Pty Ltd
Excise Duty was introduced on Australian playing cards in 1932
Deck manufactured by Johann Matheus Backofen, Nürnberg c.1800. Copper engraved stencil coloured deck of 52 cards with original wrapper.
Sports-themed playing cards published by Badische Spielkartenfabrik, Baden, c.1930
Copag Baralho Espanhol / Naipes Español
Medieval style playing cards commemorating the Battle of Grunwald (1410), designed and published by Studio Wena, 2011
Bavarian single-ended pattern by Vereinigte Altenburg-Stralsunder Spielkarten-Fabriken A-G., c.1937
Bertrand Domec was an importer of playing cards into Argentina
The following works on Playing Card history and design have been consulted in preparing this website.
The famous ‘Bicycle’ brand had been introduced by Russell & Morgan Printing Co. in 1885 and they became the best known brand in the world. On this basis…
The famous Bicycle playing cards were first introduced by Russell & Morgan Printing Co in 1885
Spanish-suited, Bingo-themed playing cards published in 2007 by Grupo AGG (Argentine Gaming Group) who owns the Bingo Avellaneda venues in Buenos Aires.
One of the outstanding and most popular packs made by the Turnhout cardmakers was the Bongoût type. Special scenic Aces could be added to packs according…
“Boudoir” playing cards were introduced by Chas Goodall & Son in 1906 in a new, slimmer size.
The Brescia pattern contains elements which come from a past age. Some of the characteristic features are the Cupid on the Ace of Cups, the linked 2 of…
Cadiz style playing cards manufactured by La Primitiva, Victoria 3179, Buenos Aires c.1905. The cards have the black 'Mercury' tax stamp on the four of…
Cádiz Type playing cards
"Calendario Inka" playing cards based on historic 16th century designs by the Peruvian chronicler Felipe Guamán Poma de Ayala, and published by Power Casinos,…
Mexican Canasta set with paintings by Ramón Espino Barros (1918-2000)
Cards from a Mexican pack c.1835; maker unknown
Cartes Catalanes are used in a small area in the Eastern Pyrenées region of Southern France.
Cartes La Gazelle, manufactured by Imprimerie de L'Entente, Casablanca
Moroccan cards with the legend 'Casablanca'
Cir-Q-Lar Playing Cards. In 1929 John Waddington Ltd commenced the production of circular cards and these were very popular.
There have been many variations in the design of “Club Karte” including the introduction of borders, corner indices and rounded corners, and variations…
The History of English Playing Cards dates probably from the mid 15th century, the first documentary evidence of their existence in this country occurring…
How I began Collecting Playing Cards by Robert S. Lancaster
“Cossack” playing cards, with artwork by O. Panchenko dedicated to the revival of the traditions of the Cossacks. Printed by the Colour Printing Plant,…
The Universal Playing Card Co., Crown Point Series
Dougherty's ‘Cruiser No.96’, first published c.1897, was dedicated to the U.S. Navy.
Paul Willoughby has cleverly captured the quintessence from 54 classic cult movies into a pack of playing cards. How many can you identify?
The traditional animal images on tarok decks are here substituted by images of buildings from Copenhagen and the surrounding area. The deck had several…
Danish Tarok cards published by S. Salomon & Co., Kjøbenhavn, c.1906
A wide size version of De Luxe No.142 had been published in c.1920, with a similar Ace of Spades and Joker, but which was never very popular. A narrow…
“Baraja Histórica” (Descubridores y Colonizadores de America) manufactured by Heraclio Fournier S.A., 1952 designed by Ricardo Summers “Serny”
The court cards in this well designed double-ended pack are realistically dressed in 16th century costumes with German suit symbols. The Kings and high…
This deck was apparently made to commemorate a Shooting Festival held in Leipzig in 1884
Playing cards published by the Dutch Prison Service, giving a look behind the gates of Judicial / Custodial institutions
Double Elephant brand Four Colour cards
Dr Who is a long-running science-fiction television series produced by the BBC, first airing in 1963
‘Doctor Who Adventures’ is a weekly magazine aimed at younger readers. From time to time free playing cards are included with the magazine
This set of cards published by DP Group Ltd (Japan) allows the performer to create different fans