“Kuningas Artturin Ritarit” (King Arthur’s Knights) playing cards designed by Mauri Kunnas
L. P. Holmblad's house pattern used from c.1840. The K♠ carries a harp as in the traditional French-type cards; but the J♠ is sleeping with his arms folded and his shield resting behind him.
Dondorf's “L'Hombre No.60” was manufactured for the Danish firm Adolph Wulff of Copenhagen between c.1910-1930.
Naipe Extra 'Las Dos Torres' manufactured by Pasatiempos Gallo S.A. de C.V., Mexico
Lawrence & Cohen decided to hire Owen Jones, the English playing card designer who produced back designs for De La Rue (London).
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.
Rivers Edge Products for the outdoor enthusiast include magnificent artwork on 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