“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
‘The Monkey’ poker playing cards manufactured by M.C. de Casabó Ltda, Uruguay, c.1950
The “Smart Set 400” brand with named backs was introduced in c.1906 by the Kalamazoo Playing Card Co. in Michigan. Kalamazoo subsequently merged with the…
The earliest Ace of Spades had the Centre Street address and the Jolly Joker was used until the “Tally-Ho” Joker was introduced in the early 1900s. The…
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…
‘Adventure Time’ cult sci-fi playing cards published by Forbidden Planet
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.
Animal Tarok by Jean Friedrich Mayer (1752-1783)
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.
Apache Indian Playing Cards made on rawhide, first recorded 1875
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…
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
‘La Auténtica Baraja Canaria’ was published in 1995 by Justo Pérez as an expression of the history and character of the Canary Islands.
“Baraja Charra” with paintings by Ernesto Icaza, 2002
Baraja Gallega designed by cartoonists and caricaturists Pinto Chinto (David Pintor & Carlos López) in 2002.
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…
Jeu de Cartes “Bretagne” conveying their cultural identity
Unique pack of playing cards created for the British Museum with illustrations by Frances Button
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…
"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
Playing cards are used for fortune-telling, predicting the future or even as a psychological adjunct to folk medicine and therapy. Playing cards or tarot…
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.
Circular playing cards in a round tin titled: Sutherland's Circular Coon Cards published by Hartley Bros Pty Ltd, Australia, late 19th century.
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
Congress Playing Cards were first produced by the Russell & Morgan Company in 1881 as the finest and most expensive of their brands.
The art of mystifying people is very old indeed. The first conjurers were priests who obtained power over simple minds by performing magical tricks which…
“Cossack” playing cards, with artwork by O. Panchenko dedicated to the revival of the traditions of the Cossacks. Printed by the Colour Printing Plant,…