Cigarette Cards, Trade Cards,
Miniature Playing Cards and other ephemera.
Playing Cards often feature in the design of items such as cigarette cards,
trade cards, score cards,
and lottery tickets, as well as in advertisements, calendars, cigarette packets,
chinaware, brochures, beer mats, key rings, cigar labels, sweet wrappers,
post cards, book illustrations,
music manuscripts, inside Christmas crackers and so on
Above: miniature Disney Mickey Mouse cards.
Above: Spanish trade cards from razor blade boxes, c.1938.
Above: Cigarette packet. See more►
Above: miniature playing cards inset into collectable cigarette cards manufactured in Peru, c.1920 more →
Above: miniature playing cards for W.D. & H.O. Wills' Flag Cigarettes c.1930. Image courtesy Matt Probert.
Above: miniature playing cards inserted into consumer products as a sales incentive and for children to collect more →
Above: Waddingtons playing cards on Bermuda postage stamps commemorating the World Bridge Championship, 1975.
Children’s Card Games with Advertising
Sales incentives - from the collection of Rex Pitts
Whist Score cards
from the collection of Tony Hall