John Sands had incorporated the earlier playing card manufacturing businesses of Hudson Industries Pty Ltd in 1972 and Valentine Publishing Co in 1989. John Sands was bought by American Greetings in 1996, and it is presumed the playing card business closed sometime around then. Their main line now is greeting cards.
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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.
Hand-drawn Transformation cards, c.1870.
Bosch Puzzle Playing Cards by Sunish Chabba, 2020.
Jacob Wolfe Spear founded his company manufacturing fancy goods in 1879 near Nuremberg in Bavaria, Germany
Qantas Airways Limited is the flag carrier of Australia and is the world's third-oldest airline still in operation, having been founded in November 1920.
RCI Playing Cards, a 20th century playing-card maker of Minneapolis, 1969-1985.
I collected playing cards when I was in primary school, by Jan Walls.
A Motley Pack - transformation playing cards & ‘On The Cards’ book facsimile published by Sunish Chabba, 2019.
Billabong Dual Deck by Hudson Industries, 1950s.
Kalevala playing cards by Sunish Chabba and Ishan Trivedi inspired by ancient Finnish mythology.
Adelaide Casino by Spicers Paper Ltd, 1987.
Erlenmeyer City Sights hand-illustrated playing cards by Stephanie Gray, 2015.
Estate Playing Cards with five suits designed by Keith Wilson
Vizaĝo playing cards created by Annette Abolins, 2017.
Advertising backs by William Detmold Ltd (Australia) c.1910-1920s.
The firm of Thomas Woolley lasted for many years from 1836-1904 in several different guises.
Nine Lives Playing Cards designed by Annette Abolins, 2016
Nine Lives Tarot by Annette Abolins, 2013.
Australia souvenir deck with photography by Steve Parish
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.
SPIELKARTENFABRIEK VON C.L. WÜST, 1811 - 1927. A short history of the Wüst factory by Martin Shaw & Paul Symons.
A book titled “On The Cards” or “A Motley Pack” by Garnet Walch (1843-1913) was published in Melbourne (Australia) and illustrated by George Gordon McCrae in 1875.
The “Star” special pack of playing cards manufactured by Thomas De la Rue under their Empire Card Co subsidiary, c.1910.
Lonely Planet Playing Cards feature amazing images from all over the globe
Flinders playing cards manufactured by Hudson Industries Pty Ltd (Australia).
Two early makers, Thomas and Sands & McDougall, used courts copied from those of the New York Consolidated Card Co.
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.
Formerly part of Singapore National Printers (SNP), the company went into receivership in April 2008.
Spicer & Detmold (1922-48) produced a lot of pictorial back designs. Most decks with picture backs were printed in 4 colours.
Sands & McDougall produced many beautiful Spade Aces and Jokers.
Sands & McDougall, playing card manufacturers, Melbourne, late 1890s-c.1970.
Australian Brewery Advertising
Sands & McDougall Court Cards
‘Pelaco’ playing cards with Aboriginal characters by Sands & McDougall, Australia, c.1930.
William Detmold Limited, manufacturers of playing cards.
“Ausgold” by SNP Ausprint Pty Ltd
A series of SNP Ausprint jokers with the various wording and name changes
Playing cards from Australia.
John Sands had incorporated the earlier playing card manufacturing businesses of Hudson Industries Pty Ltd and Valentine Publishing Co.
“Comic Families” card game from Australia, c.1940s