It must be difficult for any new manufacturer of playing cards to create their own version of a standard pattern which is acceptable to serious card players and which does not copy too closely the designs by established manufacturers such as Piatnik or OTK. The Czech company Bonaparte (established 1993) has achieved this with some minor changes to the traditional designs, e.g., the prancing horse on the 9 of Bells is now at a standstill, the elephant’s trunk on the 8 of Leaves has been shortened and lowered, Cupid’s arrow strikes a heart affixed to an arch and not to a pole on the 10 of Hearts, etc. The manufacturer’s logo (a half-length drawing of Napoleon Bonaparte) appears on the box, the 8 of Bells (together with a barcode) and also in the centre of the back design. See the box►
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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.
Czech trains and railwayana from 1839 to 1989, made by Obchodní Tiskárny, Prague, Czechoslovakia.
Standard Bohemian pattern designs by Bonaparte, Plzeň, Czech Republic, c.2000.
Colourful international designs produced by Bonaparte, Plzeň, Czech Republic, c.2000.
Non-standard Bohemian cards featuring The Simpsons made for EFKO, Czech Republic, 2014.
Cards made by John Waddington Ltd. for the Madras Club, Chennai (formerly Madras), India, c.1930.
Jeu de 54 cartes, completely anonymous, designed to resemble locally produced French packs.
A brand name used in Norway over a number of years.
Standard English pattern pack made in Ecuador, c.1970.
Pilsner Urquell publicity deck from Czech Republic featuring beer drinkers.
“Dvouhlavé Hrací Karty” (Czech Seasons playing cards) made by Obchodní Tiskárny, c.1980.
Miner’s Cards for the Czech company Rutek Alliance, 2012.
One end Berlin pattern the other standard English pattern
Piatnik’s “Popular Playing Cards” No.257
Salzburger pattern by Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne, Vienna
Woolley & Co produced a range of different quality playing cards, and these “Second Harrys” are towards the cheaper end of the range.
Patience size playing cards published by Obchodni Tiskarny of Prague, under the brand “Casino”, with cartoon courts in the style of wood engravings.
Woolley & Co: “Eureka” playing cards with rounded corners, small index pips and decorative back design, c.1880-1885.
Bavarian single-ended pattern by Vereinigte Altenburg-Stralsunder Spielkarten-Fabriken A-G., c.1937
‘Monic’ brand playing cards, c.1930s
The Bohemian Pattern, sometimes called the Prager Pattern, has roots in the 16th century.
Incredible men and their amazing stories playing cards made by Tomski&Polanski
28: How to Analyze and Differentiate Playing Card Plates (De La Rue, Waddington and the Berlin pattern [französisches Bild])
My interest in postage stamp variants led me to apply the same principles to playing cards.
There is a very interesting collection of playing cards held at the Strangers' Hall Museum in Norwich.
A brief survey of the different types of standard cards to be found in Continental Europe.
This pattern was used in various parts of eastern France but was ultimately replaced by the official ‘Paris’ pattern in c.1780.
Woodblock and stencil playing cards, produced by Reynolds & Sons c.1830-1850.
Standard playing cards are based upon traditional designs and are used for card games.
Cards from a Russian standard woodblock and stencil pack of circa 1820.
Naipes ‘American’ by M.C. de CASABÓ Ltda, Montevideo, c.1950.