Piedmontese Tarot by Fábrica de Naipes La Primitiva, Defensa 125, Buenos Aires.
The cards shown here date from c.1890. The card names are in Italian. The reverse has a red plaid pattern on blue background. The b/w logo of a deer between two trees on the ace of coins is that of Sebastian Comas of Barcelona (Spain) whose standard cards La Primitiva was imitating. It is not known whether the logo was used with permission.
Similar Piedmontese tarot packs were also produced at later dates by Mario Colombo and Cappellano S.A. The divinatory meanings written in Spanish in ink on the edges of some cards shows that the pack belonged to a student of fortune-telling, rather than a card-player.
Jacob Wolfe Spear founded his company manufacturing fancy goods in 1879 near Nuremberg in Bavaria, Germany
RCI Playing Cards, a 20th century playing-card maker of Minneapolis, 1969-1985.
Egyptian Tarot published by Naipes La Banca, Buenos Aires, c.1980.
Facsimile of Tarot de Marseille by Iohann Christoph Hes, Augsburg, c.1750.
Bharata Major Arcana Tarot by Ishan Trivedi & Sunish Chabba, 2018. Inspired by Indian art forms.
Tarocchini Bolognesi by Carlo Zanardi, c.1850
Piatnik’s ‘Bourgeois Tarot’ in a version published in 1987 with nice quality images, especially the double-ended trump cards.
V. F. Solesio Tarot, Genoa, mid-late 19th century
Rolla Nordic Tarot was drawn by Paul Mathison.
“Le Grand Tarot Belline” after drawings by Edmond Billaudot (1829-1881).
The so-called Tarocchi di Mantegna (c.1465) reflect an ideological structure bringing to mind the soul's progress towards perfection.
The firm of Thomas Woolley lasted for many years from 1836-1904 in several different guises.
Aleister Crowley Tarot - Crowley and Lady Freda Harris worked on the illustrations between 1938 and 1943
Tarot, originally a 15th century card game from Italy, has evolved into a form of personal mysticism and spirituality.
The Sola-Busca Tarocchi, c.1491
Nine Lives Tarot by Annette Abolins, 2013
The ‘Housewives Tarot’ designed by Paul Kepple & Jude Buffum, published by Quirk Books, 2004.
Parker Brothers, Salem, Mass., USA.
Ferd. Piatnik produced a very large range of cards with many different standard and non-standard patterns. This is a survey of his standard English output.
French edition of the ‘Bourgeois’ Tarot by Héron
SPIELKARTENFABRIEK VON C.L. WÜST, 1811 - 1927. A short history of the Wüst factory by Martin Shaw & Paul Symons.
Tarot des Pompiers de Paris, a French Fire Brigade tribute tarot deck
Stefano Vergnano’s Tarot and playing card factory holds a special place in the history of the Tarot.
The “Star” special pack of playing cards manufactured by Thomas De la Rue under their Empire Card Co subsidiary, c.1910.
Designed by Cesare Asaro to simulate decks from the 1700s or earlier, the Tarot of Musterberg is based on the traditional Tarot de Marseille but with an imaginary historical background.
The highly individual Sicilian Tarot has the Italo-Portuguese suit system with straight, interlocking swords and batons, and maids instead of jacks
Hudson Industries Pty Ltd of Carlton in Victoria was first registered as a printing company in 1920. In the 1940s they registered their own distinctive ace of spades and joker.
John Sands had incorporated the earlier playing card manufacturing businesses of Hudson Industries Pty Ltd and Valentine Publishing Co.
“Encyclopedic Tarot” by C. L. Wüst with “bourgeois” views of life on the Trumps.
The Valentine Group, Australia.
Belgian Tarot published by François-Jean Vandenborre, Brussels (1762-1803)
Goodall’s earliest cards were traditional in appearance but in around 1845 ‘modernised’ courts were designed
Geographical and Heraldic Tarocchi cards from Bologna, 1725.
British Playing Cards Ltd was the predecessor of Universal P.C.Co. and involved Alf Cooke of Leeds and Bemrose of Birmingham, and maybe one or two other printing firms.
Original Tarot designs in Italian Renaissance style by Oliver Mundy.
Marseille Tarot cards by Charles Cheminade of Grenoble, France, early 18th century.
In 19th century England there were a number of makers who produced cards in relatively small quantities.
Scott Hill has been working on a tarot pack which can also be used to play card games, the pack has been designed to revive tarot and make it a fun and social interaction.
After the first edition of the Rider-Waite tarot in 1909 four further editions were published till approx 1940. These differ in several attributes: outline artwork, colours, lettering and card thickness.
Rider Waite Tarot early editions