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
Romagnole pattern by Guglielmo Murari c.1920
Willis W. Russell’s “Regulars” were first issued in c.1906, a brand aimed at the armed forces, in tribute to men of the “regular army”. It was patented with ‘Long Distance Pips’ with shading in the hearts and spades.
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.
Decks are made up on two-ply pasteboard which reproduces the tactile quality of antique cards. Suits are Coins, Cups, Swords and Batons.
These decks were produced in various grades for the German immigrant population and feature the German eagle and the German and American flags intertwined. There were two versions: one with German faces and one with American faces.
‘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
Richard Valentine Pitchford, better known as Cardini, is one of that select band of performers who became legends during their own lifetimes
Thomas Crehore copy, c.1850
Imagery of slightly eccentric tourists sightseeing in Egypt, or perhaps in the Alps, appears on the back of the box, the Ace of Spades and the Joker.
Cards from a translucent pack. Erotic images are concealed in the middle layer of the card and become visible when held up to a light.
Trophy Whist No.39 playing cards published by the the United States Playing Card Co., 1895
Universe No.100 playing cards made by The Universal Playing Card Co. Ltd, Leeds, for Scandinavian countries
Unsun Karuta - Japan c.1780
These cards are basically a poetry anthology (the Hyakunin Isshu, or 百人一首), transposed onto cards.
Naipes VELCAP playing cards by Orestes A. Cappellano, playing card manufacturers, Buenos Aires, Argentina, c.1940s
‘Veto’ is a Polish CCG game. Players compete for power and influence. The game is set in 17th century.
Wallace & Gromit playing cards published by Marks & Spencer, 2009
Warburg’s Danske playing cards published by Aktieselskabet Emil Jensen, København, 1944