The “Mustering of the Mustard Club” was one of many promotional items produced by Colman's for the Mustard Club which was launched in 1926.
Naipes “La Estrella” Spanish-suited playing cards made for BOLS gin by Igor Domicelj, Buenos Aires, c.1954
“Naipes Merlín” produced by Kit Produccion y Diseño S.A., Argentina.
The logo on the four of cups on Naipes Payador shows a man playing a guitar beneath the legend "Payador".
This beautiful quartet game from Holland illustrates the strange life cycle of the peanut.
Nu-Vue playing cards by Brown & Bigelow have novel courts and a special tint which are promoted as “the modern eye-saving concept in playing cards”
Old Huckleberry Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey with a retro vintage feel
Old Smuggler Whisky playing cards manufactured by Gráfica 2001, Argentina
The court cards feature double-ended light-bulb people (the Kings are repeated in each suit) and the numeral cards have vignettes at each end illustrating how Osram light bulbs lighten the darkness.
Parkinson’s Happy Families published by Parkinson’s of Doncaster, confectioners established in the early nineteenth century.
Anglo-American pattern for Pedro Domecq Mexican brandy made by Productos Leo S.A., c.2000
Anglo-American style advertising playing cards made in Peru by Litográfica del Perú, c.1975, for Sydney Ross S.A. / Winthrop Pepsamar indigestion remedy.
Miniature playing cards advertising "Perma" smoking-related products featuring the "Perma Girl" on the backs and Joker.
Philips 'Arlita' advertising playing cards manufactured by Etabl. Mesmaekers Frères S.A., Turnhout, Belgium, 1925
“Philips Sept Familles” promotional happy families game from the 1970s
Spanish-suited advertising deck for Philishave electric razors.
Pilsen Trucofest playing cards, Uruguay, c.2008
It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full... it always needs topping up with these delicious cocktail recipe cards...
Porterprint was a printing business based in Leeds (UK) which manufactured playing cards during the period c.1930-1980
An historic American advertising deck for the C. A. Edgarton Mfg Company, manufacturers of the President Suspender (known as “braces” in England) depicting U.S. Presidents and First Ladies on the courts.
PromoGames advertising agency for Jockey Club, Hellmann’s, c.1998 onwards.
Tobacco cards with miniature playing cards inset into top corners, printed by Litografía y Tipografía Fabbri Hermanos, for Roldan y Cia Tobacco, Lima, c.1895.
Elegant “Nieuw Neerlandia” pattern designed by M.A. Koekkoek and produced by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland, c.1930s
Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure playing cards promoting the ultimate hair perfection
Miniature Spanish-suited playing cards featuring Scooby-Doo! made specially for Hellmann’s.
Publicity playing cards for the Dutch credit company Sitters & van der Kar. The four Aces and Joker feature abstract geometric designs in the style of Art Deco.
Singapore Airlines A330 flying experience souvenir playing cards
Cards from the Spanish Historical Characters playing cards set printed by Litografía Madriguera (Barcelona), c.1896, which were inserted into packets of chocolate.
Spanish-suited playing cards for Yerba Armiño, anonymous manufacturer probably made in China.
Spanish-suited pack manufactured by Chas Goodall & Son for South America
Speelkaarten-Fabriek Nederland for Royal West Indian Mail Service, c.1926
Van Genechten manufactured playing cards in various styles, including specially customised versions for commercial clients wishing to advertise their own brands on the cards.
‘House of Horror’ Halloween deck published by Strongbow cider, 2015
Supermercados CHIP playing cards manufactured in Uruguay by Compañía General de Fósforos Montevideana, 1979
Each card in this novelty deck, subtitled “Funny Card”, carries information about a prestigious or popular brand
A deck of cards produced for the University of Essex in around 2005-2006
Vac-tric Electric Vacuum Cleaner playing cards manufactured by De la Rue, 1930s
Advertising pack for Lutz Ferrando y Cía Opticians, c.1960.
Advertising Deck for Walkers Shortbread, c.1998
Wiggins Teape “Hi-Speed” playing cards manufactured by Waddingtons, c.1970
Wills’s “Happy Families” cards were issued by the Imperial Tobacco Company (of Great Britain and Ireland) Limited in around 1930.
Alfreds Scwedrevitz playing card designs used to advertise Zole Vodka but which were never published