ZPA Trutnov was the old name for the Czech company ZPA Smart Energy which nowadays produces smart meters. Back in 1988 it was clearly thought necessary to use glamorous young ladies in a variety of costumes to promote some very unglamorous products, such as mains receivers and electrical control units. Each product is named at the top along with the indices, with the name of the company at the bottom of every card. All 54 cards are different, although only 13 different products are shown. The maker’s logo appears on the Ace of Spades. Note the error on the 10 of Diamonds where the number 10 has been reversed by mistake.
REFERENCE: Rainald Schaider and Rüdiger Fliess. Eroticism on Playing Cards, Vol. III, 1997, no. 6.4.
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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.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
Characters from the 2007 film Shrek the Third, a DreamWorks Animation production.
Advertising pack designed by James Hodges for a company specialising in regional cakes and biscuits....
Psychedelic designs promoting Louis De Poortere, a company selling carpets and rugs.
On-line offsite data backup publicity playing cards produced by The Bunker, United Kingdom, c. 2004....
Publicity pack for the East German furniture industry, with designs by Werner-Hans Schlegel.
Clamcleats playing cards for sailors designed by Celia Allison, New Zealand, 1986.
Publicity pack for Gibert Jeune, the famous Parisian bookshop, with designs by James Hodges.
A flicker pack with different backs, advertising the Saab 900 Convertible motor car.
Complete contents of a sample book of advertising cards by De La Rue
Promotional pack for a German steel hardening business, with designs by Costante Costantini.
Glico Almond Chocolate playing cards with designs by Izumi Tamai, produced by Nintendo, Japan.
Over the years I have collected a large number of mini-booklets and pocket guides offering rules and...
Delightful pack advertising Joseph Bardou & Fils cigarette papers for the Philippines.
Cowboys and American Indians on a pack for Neiman Marcus, the Dallas department store.
Designs by Jürgen Pankarz for the 20th anniversary of the Wolfgang Dorn advertising agency, Cologne....
Publicity pack for the Danish company, Velux, manufacturers of roof windows and skylights.
Publicity pack for Jan Becher, a Czech liqueur company, with modified international courts.
Colourful advertising pack for Ilford designed by Mario Grasso, based on standard English courts.
Farmall playing cards advertising International Harvester tractors, USA, c.2015.
Guns N’ Roses Las Vegas 2012 promotion playing cards produced by Gemaco, USA.
Publicity pack designed by Henning Loerzer for Busskamp & Koch, an advertising agency in Munich.