A survey of modern Shipping advertising playing cards by Matt Probert
Cyprus souvenir playing cards showing scenes alluding to ancient history and myths
“Líneas de Nazca” souvenir playing cards, Peru, c.2008
Wüst's Swiss Cantons souvenir deck was published in Frankfurt in c.1875 for the emerging tourist market.
Souvenir playing cards from Malaysia featuring 56 colour photographs of scenery, wildlife, local people and Malaysian fruits with inscriptions in English describing each scene.
Souvenir playing cards from Malaysia featuring 56 colour photographs of skyscrapers, wildlife, local people and Malaysian fruits with inscriptions in English describing each scene.
The court cards and Aces each feature four portraits of famous theatre stars from the 1890s inside round frames, against a background pattern based on traditional court cards.
The deck is described on the box as “a portfolio of photographs of the leading lights of the stage”
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.
Each card has a colour drawing of a Korean building, museum or tourist attraction with a brief description and details of how to get there.
Views of Bath is Georgina Harvey's third design, created in 1990. The cards feature beautifully designed double-ended courts and double-ended Aces with a central band which is used to identify different views of the City of Bath at each end.
Irish souvenir playing cards. The Joker has the inscription W.O., Dublin.
Acapulco Souvenir playing cards designed and printed by Foliproa S.A., Mexico
Souvenir of Mexico playing cards by Clemente Jacques y Cia, S.A., 1950s
Greek Playing Cards
C. L. Wüst Scenic Aces for Brazil
World Wide Fund for Nature-India Playing Cards, featuring 53 different colour paintings of a variety of wildlife including birds, butterflies, mammals and reptiles.
Naipe Mi Ecuador Turístico souvenir playing cards
Pack of souvenir playing cards made in Quito, Ecuador, featuring black & white photographs depicting Ecuador as one of the great nations on Earth
In ‘Patia Te Pere - The Big Deal’, Joan Gragg presents a first edition series of 1000 decks in which the characters, themes and patterns from traditional playing cards are replaced by Cook Islands cultural, environmental and societal icons.
Mayan Playing Cards from Guatemala / Baraja Maya / containing illustrations of archaeology, art, folklore, history and mythology of the Mayans.
Málaga Costa del Sol souvenir playing cards published by Otermin Ediciones
Muir & Moodie Pictorial playing cards, New Zealand, c.1903
One of a series of Columbian Exposition Souvenir Playing Cards published during 1892-94 celebrating the 400th anniversary of Columbus' discovery of the Americas.
Historic Boston and Vicinity Souvenir Playing Cards, 1909
Peru Rail souvenir playing cards "exploring the land of the Incas" published by Peru Rail, Cusco.
Vistas del Perú souvenir deck, made in USA and imported by Edw. E. Muecke, Lima, Peru, c.1940.
Swiss Album patience cards manufactured by C. L. Wüst (Frankfurt), c.1890, with a different landscape on the reverse of each card. The court cards depict costumed figures along with shields from the cantons.
Lagos del Sur Souvenir playing cards published by Gráfica S.A., Buenos Aires, c.1980, featuring colour photographs of Bariloche and other resorts in Lagos del Sur.
Printed by Hijos de Heraclio Fournier, Vitoria, for the French-speaking tourist market. 52 cards + joker in mock crocodile skin box.
Tourist souvenir playing cards depict the aesthetic, political, social and economic conceptions of the countries to which they belong. They feature beauty spots, local customs, gastronomy, historic ruins or other attractions.
Fenno souvenir playing cards, made in Peru
Argentina publishes many tourist souvenir packs, usually with colour pictures on each card, and with either Spanish suit signs, or else Anglo-american ones, in each corner.
This Swiss Regional Costume pack can be seen as an early form of tourist souvenir which subsequently developed into the photographic souvenir pack.
Souvenir pack with Scenic Aces made by Müller (Diessenhofen), c.1850.
Playing cards in Puerto Rico
Several editions of Panama Souvenir Playing Cards were issued by the USPCC between 1908 - 1926. The design of the cards varied between editions, and different 'fact' and map cards were also included.
Souvenir of Peru playing cards made by Standard Playing Card Co., Chicago, c.1910
'Inka-Dynasty' playing cards are based on historic 16th century designs by the Peruvian chronicler Felipe Guamán Poma de Ayala, and printed by Power Casinos, Lima, Peru, c.2004.
Not a lot of playing cards have been produced in Panama, only a couple of locally-produced tourist souvenir packs. Apart from that there is the range of Panama Canal Souvenir playing cards published by the U. S. Playing Card Co. between 1908 - 1926.