A company named Fuerth and Nall is believed to have commenced in the 1880s. Robert G Nall was in partnership with Leopold Fuerth but the partnership was dissolved in 1882, with Robert G Nall maintaining the name and business of Fuerth and Nall (Ltd added after 1905). In c.1920 the name changed to Robert G. Nall Ltd and was changed yet again in c.1928 to Paper Products Ltd. This then became known as Reed Paper Products in 1961.
Reed Paper Products of Waterloo manufactured playing cards until the late 1970s. Paper Products became Reed Paper Products in 1961, then Reed Consolitated Industries in 1966. Around 1978 Reed sold the playing cards off to Hardie Industries, and that part of the business became known as James Hardie Spicers, and a new factory was opened in Melbourne around 1979/80.
All the Reed cards were printed in Sydney at the Amelia St Redfern factory from 1936 to 1979/80. These all have more ‘rounded’ corners. Some kookaburra joker decks were printed in Melbourne around 1980-81. The kookaburra joker - with some changes, and in color - continues to be used in ‘500’ decks.
Older Paper Products cards have a ‘lineny’ textured paper, and corners are squarish, in pre 1936 cards. The Southern Cross deck of cards has a reg. number of 19194 on the box but all efforts to find a registration application for it have been fruitless. It must have been a popular seller, as decks show up regularly. The 61 card deck is minus the 2 red 13s whilst the 63 card deck includes them.
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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.
Cheerful, colourful designs on handmade paper from Nepal.
Non-standard designs on Nepalese handmade paper for Pilgrims Book House, Kathmandu, Nepal, c.2000.
Hand-drawn Transformation cards, c.1870.
Bosch Puzzle Playing Cards by Sunish Chabba, 2020.
Playing cards were traditionally sold inside paper wrappers, which were usually thrown away.
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.
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.
Nine Lives Playing Cards designed by Annette Abolins, 2016
Nine Lives Tarot by Annette Abolins, 2013.
Australia souvenir deck with photography by Steve Parish
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.
“Fleet Street” card game published by Chad Valley Games, c.1923.
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
The Valentine Group, Australia.
Drownin’ Surfer card game
Reed Paper Products of Waterloo manufactured playing cards until the late 1970s.