Several styles of court cards and aces of spades are known to have been issued over time. Some are shown here.
Ace of spades with the coats of arms of Australian states around, c.1900 onwards. Redrawn court cards with more idiosyncratic designs.
Hand-drawn Transformation cards, c.1870.
Bosch Puzzle Playing Cards by Sunish Chabba, 2020.
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 presentation of the main characteristics of the wood-block courts of the heart suit.
A Motley Pack - transformation playing cards & ‘On The Cards’ book facsimile published by Sunish Chabba, 2019.
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Billabong Dual Deck by Hudson Industries, 1950s.
A great many regional patterns were exported from France and subsequently copied elsewhere. Some of them became local standards in their own right.
Continuing our look at the figures from the regional patterns of France.
Kalevala playing cards by Sunish Chabba and Ishan Trivedi inspired by ancient Finnish mythology.
Modern English court style by Games & Print Services Limited, c.1997.
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 brief survey of some of the current variation in the standard English pattern.
A detailed presentation of the variants of De La Rue's standard cards.
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.
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