“Globe Playing Cards” patented on Oct. 6, 1874 by I. N. Richardson
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.
Elaborate court cards on a deck by Charles Bartlet, Philadelphia, (who was in fact Samuel Hart) c.1845-60. The pip cards are double-ended. The date may be somewhere between c.1845-65.
Ibero-American Deck, designed by L. Palao, 1929
Vanity Fair Transformation Playing Cards No.41 published by the United States Playing Card Company, 1895. All the number cards have been imaginatively transformed.
A series of four decks designed by John Littleboy. The pip cards in each deck have been transformed from the standard positions into a sequence of images which tell a story.
From Empresses to King Cats and One-Eyed Jacks, every game is a pageant of unforgettable cats, each with a story to tell...
Pack of Dogs. Every card tells a story...
Mermaid Queen playing cards, from a series of four decks designed by John Littleboy, 2008
Bag of Bones playing cards, from a series of four decks designed by John Littleboy, 2008.
Kem washable plastic playing cards proved to be very durable and even early examples are usually in near perfect condition. The aces and jokers present minor variations over the years, but their 'Spanish' version is quite unusual.
The Western Playing Card Company was formed in 1927. The exact history and origins are not clear.
Congress Playing Cards were first produced by the Russell & Morgan Company in 1881 as the finest and most expensive of their brands.
Facsimile edition of Andrew Dougherty's Illuminated deck, c.1865, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc., and described as 'Civil War Illuminated Poker Deck'
Cards with jumbo indices were introduced in 1895, and were given the subtitle '88'. Over the years a variety of Jokers were used, often taken from other brands.