Advertising Backs by William Detmold Ltd (Australia) c.1910-1920s
Wiggins Teape “Hi-Speed” playing cards manufactured by Waddingtons, c.1970
John Player Special non-standard playing cards created by the illustrator Nick Price, 1987
Vintage cartoon courts and ace of spades specially designed for Hoover Limited, with full colour back showing the Art Deco style Hoover factory at Perivale, manufactured by Waddington's Playing Cards, c.1930
Whisky advertising playing cards manufactured by Nintendo Playing Cards Co Ltd for Dodwell & Co., 1960s
Suntory Akadama Honey Wine playing cards manufactured by Nintendo, Japan, c.1970
Speelkaarten-Fabriek Nederland for Royal West Indian Mail Service, c.1926
Advertising Playing Cards printed by Drukkerij Juten, published by “De Kloof” of Bergen op Zoom, Holland, c.1970
Alto Imaging Group playing cards manufactured by Esveco Specialities B.V., c.1990s
“Mercury” playing cards produced for the Liverpool Cooperative Society, printed by the Liverpool Daily Post, c.1930
Playing cards advertising Sunspel underwear printed by the Breedon Press Ltd, Nottingham, c.1950
Non-standard playing cards produced by Artex (Budapest) for the Gdynia-America Line, Poland, c.1958
Cardiology Trials - limited edition playing cards by Krakowskie Zaklady Wyrobów Papierowych Trefl (KZWP), 2003
Playing cards designed by Enzo Laurà for Credito Commerciale, 1978.
Porterprint was a printing business based in Leeds (UK) which manufactured playing cards during the period c.1930-1980
The Birkel company has produced several promotional “Schwarzer Peter” packs over the years and this one is themed on the circus.
“Philips Sept Familles” promotional happy families game from the 1970s
Spanish-suited advertising deck for Philishave electric razors.
This “Jeu de Familles” from the 1960s designed by Jean Bachès promotes Chambord glassware.
Happy Families game by “Laboratoires Modernes” promoting herbal products, c.1929
“Brighter Families” promotional card game for Cosmos Lamps (Metrovick), 1930
The “Boffie” Kwartetspel was designed by Huibert Vet and published by Albert Heijn in 1936
The “Game of Happy Melox Families” was published by G. Clarke & Son of Thomas Street, London, in 1929
Ferguson Happy Families card game was produced by Ferguson Electronics and printed by John Waddington Ltd in c.1960.
Wills’s “Happy Families” cards were issued by the Imperial Tobacco Company (of Great Britain and Ireland) Limited in around 1930.
The “Mustering of the Mustard Club” was one of many promotional items produced by Colman's for the Mustard Club which was launched in 1926.
This beautiful quartet game from Holland illustrates the strange life cycle of the peanut.
Promotional playing cards produced for Bodegas Trapiche, designed to play Quartet games by collecting a wine bottle card with four matching glasses.
The Cow and Gate Happy Family game was issued around 1928 to promote nutrition products
Spanish-suited playing cards featuring the ‘Glorious’ ladies swimwear collection for 1995, designed by Estudio Fileni/Mendióroz.
Advertising playing cards for Capel Vinos S.A., manufactured by Naipes Comas, 2001
It was a common practice for card makers to produce decks under fictitious names particularly when producing advertising decks. This was to avoid promoting their own name at the expense of the client who was paying to advertise their own product.
Publicity playing cards for the Dutch credit company Sitters & van der Kar. The four Aces and Joker feature abstract geometric designs in the style of Art Deco.
An historic American advertising deck for the C. A. Edgarton Mfg Company, manufacturers of the President Suspender (known as “braces” in England) depicting U.S. Presidents and First Ladies on the courts.
Possibly one of the most beautiful decks produced for commercial purposes, this was printed by Modiano for the Austrian Lloyd Steamship Company of Trieste in c.1895
The company advertised themselves as “The Monarch King of all Cycles” with the lion's head motif inside a bicycle wheel. The four Kings depict Tom Cooper (1874–1906), an 1890s champion bicycle racer and early auto racing ‘speed king’.
The Kings show American admirals and the Jacks have different officers at each end. The Queens are “Our Colonies”. Advertising appears on the Ace of Spades and ‘Uncle Sam’ Joker, the back and the box. The medals on the Aces suggest awards.
The deck is described on the box as “a portfolio of photographs of the leading lights of the stage”
The court cards feature double-ended light-bulb people (the Kings are repeated in each suit) and the numeral cards have vignettes at each end illustrating how Osram light bulbs lighten the darkness.
The design of the figures is very agile with excellent colour harmony and execution.
Philips 'Arlita' advertising playing cards manufactured by Etabl. Mesmaekers Frères S.A., Turnhout, Belgium, 1925
Arturs Duburs playing card designs used to advertise Zole Vodka but which were never published
Alfred Marks Recruitment Consultants publicity playing cards published by Astra Games
Bosch Rexroth are leading specialists in the field of drive and control technologies (automation). These playing cards are a Health & Safety teaching aid based on a training program which aims to develop continuously improving safety standards in the workplace, reducing the risk of accidents and leading towards higher levels of output.
Naipes Globalstar TE.SA.M. Telefonía Satelital playing cards, manufactured by Gráfica 2001. Satellite Communications
Old Smuggler Whisky playing cards manufactured by Gráfica 2001, Argentina
Cilbrás is a distribution branch of the Brazilian high-pressure gas cylinder and welding supplies company Praxair. Praxair Argentina supplies atmospheric (argon, nitrogen, oxygen) and process gases (carbon dioxide, helium, hydrogen), as well as speciality and medical gases.
Fastener S.R.L. (founded in 1990) are manufacturers of nuts and bolts and other industrial fasteners. The traditional Spanish suit symbols in this special pack have been substituted by various kinds of nuts and bolts.
Naipes Cassino de Don Clemente, Pasatiempos Gallo S.A., Mexico, c.1988
Anonymous Moroccan Playing Cards for Royal Air Maroc airlines and others...