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Published May 09, 2023 Updated May 09, 2023

Neiman Marcus playing cards

Cowboys and American Indians on a pack for Neiman Marcus, the Dallas department store.

1961 USA Piatnik Advertising Add to Collection

Comical cowboys, dance hall girls, American Indians and saloon types make up the single-ended court card designs in this pack. For the red-suit courts a red background has been used and for the black-suit courts a black one. The suit-signs are bold and irregular on the pip cards. A snake oil salesman appears on the Jokers. The cards have gilt corners. Originally, these cards were issued in a double pack, with the second pack having green and grey backs. There is no indication of the artist’s name.

Neiman Marcus playing cards made by Piatnik, Vienna, Austria, for Neiman Marcus, Dallas, USA, c1961 Neiman Marcus playing cards made by Piatnik, Vienna, Austria, for Neiman Marcus, Dallas, USA, c1961

Above: Neiman Marcus playing cards made by Piatnik, Vienna, Austria, for Neiman Marcus, Dallas, USA, c1961. 52 cards + 2 (identical) Jokers. Size: 58 x 89 mm.

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By Roddy Somerville

Member since May 31, 2022

Roddy started collecting stamps on his 8th birthday. In 1977 he joined the newly formed playing-card department at Stanley Gibbons in London before setting up his own business in Edinburgh four years later. His collecting interests include playing cards, postcards, stamps (especially playing cards on stamps) and sugar wrappers. He is a Past President of the Scottish Philatelic Society, a former Chairman of the IPCS, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and Curator of the WCMPC’s collection of playing cards. He lives near Toulouse in France.


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