Naipe Extra 'Las Dos Torres' manufactured by Pasatiempos Gallo S.A. de C.V., Mexico
Naipes "Martín Fierro", 48 cards + 2 jokers in attractive presentation box, made in Argentina, 2000.
Special souvenir playing cards for entertainment events such as theatre or sport were an early form of merchandising. After the first edition of this deck in 1916, subsequent issues featured new photos as new stars rose to fame.
Mr. Men™ & Little Miss™ playing cards by Roger Hargreaves
Naipes Congreso by C. Della Penna S.A. playing card manufacturer and publisher, Buenos Aires, c.1966
Naipes de Truco manufactured by Gráfica 2001 for Editorial Perfil, Buenos Aires, 1999
Naipes Domador Spanish-suited playing cards manufactured by Cía General Fabril Financiera S.A., c.1960
Naipes Mónaco playing-cards, Cía General Fabril Financiera S.A., Buenos Aires, Argentina, c.1960
Naipes Samsó published by N.E.G.S.A. (Barcelona) c.1965
Spanish-suited playing cards manufactured in Chile by Imprenta y Litografía Universo S.A., Valparaiso, Chile
Cappellano Hermanos were book publishers during the 1920s and also commenced producing playing cards around this time.
Naipes 'Pierrot' 125 manufactured by Orpamex, S.A., Mexico
“Play it Safe” health & safety playing cards
“Poker Paisanito” manufactured by E. Flaiban S.R.L., c.1943
Portuguese Conjuring Playing Cards, c.1850
Some alternative approaches to producing small, hand-made editions of playing cards
This page is a quiz to test your knowledge of the early history of playing-cards.
Nr.154 Holmblads made by John Waddington Ltd specially for S. Salomon & Co., Copenhagen
Sands & McDougall Court Cards
The lower and upper knaves are depicted in a vibrant and lively manner, while the enthroned kings are more ponderous. The traditional Swiss Shield court cards also have beer tankards with a barrel on the Deuce.
‘Screen Legends’ playing cards published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc., 1991. Each card features a portrait of a famous film actor or actress.
‘Starlight’ playing cards - brightening the lives of seriously ill children - published by Simon Lucas Bridge Supplies Ltd
“Starościanka” playing cards manufactured by KZWP-Trefl (Poland), first issued in1998
Lighting in submarines involved wearing red goggles to preserve night vision for viewing instrument panels. The goggles solved one problem but created another: the red suits on playing cards were not visible through the red goggles.
English type 'Mogul' playing cards manufactured in Switzerland by John Müller for export to India, c.1880-1890.
Piquet playing-cards made by J. Müller, Diessenhofen, c.1850-60. The full-length court cards are following the French style.
"Tales from the Stage" - an article about theatrical playing cards by Rod Starling