In standard English packs the Ace of Spades is associated with decorative designs. This is a historical survey of why this should be.
IBM Linux One playing cards, c.2018.
Lion Coffee Mother Goose card game, late 19th C.
Gas Warm Homes Happy Families game published by British Gas, c.1980.
“H-O Kwartetspel” children’s card game promoting quick cooking oatmeal (instant porridge), 1930s.
“Werbung die Sticht” deck with artwork by Fritz Bünzli to promote advertising on playing cards by AG Müller 1982.
Periquito y Tontín Dominoes, featuring Feliz and Bonzo, 1920s.
“Deal Winners” promotional pack for Dundas & Wilson law firm.
Happy Gas Families published by British Gas, c.1985.
Gilroy Special Edition Playing Cards to commemorate the centenary of the birth of John Gilroy, 1989.
Hamm’s Beer promotion deck with bear cartoons by Frank M. Antoncich 1968.
Genoese pattern with Pictorial Aces for Brazil by Brepols, Turnhout, c.1920.
Nationale-Nederlanden insurance company, 1984.
Investors Overseas Services, Ltd. (IOS) by A. G. Müller (Schaffhausen), c.1969.
Gibbs Happy Families card game promotion, both full sized and miniature versions, c.1946.
Electric Snap by the South Wales Electricity Board, 1950s.
Playtex - le jeu de la beauté et du destin, Grimaud, 1971.
Jeu de Memoire card game promoting Véritable Chaumes cheese from the village of St Antoines in south west France.
Two miniature card games promoting Vim Scouring Powder and Sunshine Soap, 1930s.
Deutsche Nutzpflanzen - Quartett game promoting Kali brand crop fertilizer, 1938.
Cow & Gate ‘Snap’ featuring Cow & Gate Baby Milk Food, 1935.
Blue Brand Snap Up published by Van den Berghs probably late 1920s.
The Merry Game of Mr Bok and his Happy Families, promoting Bok furniture polish, 1930s.
Parkinson’s Happy Families published by Parkinson’s of Doncaster, confectioners established in the early nineteenth century.
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.
Capilettor cartoon playing cards published by VASS, Leinfelden, 1978.
“Cefacidal” / Mead Johnson medical humour advertising playing cards, c.1975.
A collection of 24 cigar bands with miniature playing cards.
Carousel Playing Cards commissioned by Tesco stores, 2019.
Chocolat du Planteur cards (reproduction) by French artist Louis Bourgeois-Borgex, c.1900.
Adverto card game published by Adverto Publishing Company of Stratford, London, c.1910.
Alphabetti Spaghetti Happy Families game for Crosse & Blackwell c.1978.
Pack of 52 hand-drawn Jokers.
Advertising Deck for the Piwiarnia Pub in Warsaw.
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! promotional playing cards, 1997.
Nice advertising deck for Hendrick’s Gin, c.2015.
The final page of material relating to playing cards from British periodicals.
Some further material relating to cards from nineteenth and twentieth century periodicals.
Chinese playing card makers have probably produced the widest variety of jokers of any single part of the world.
Classic Guinness Posters, 1999.