In 1851 the games manufacturer John Jaques of London (founded in 1795) commissioned a set of drawings from John Tenniel, later Sir John, the chief cartoonist of Punch, for their new game of Happy Families.
Jean Picart le Doux playing cards, issued in 1957 to celebrate the company's 125th anniversary, featuring designs carried out in richly toned colourings typical of tapestries.
Peter Wood’s “Jest Jokers” comprising 54 different Joker designs made into a full pack of cards
Jetsetter playing cards, inspired by aviation, air travel and jet-setting.
Judaism is the oldest of the great monotheist religions, parent of Christianity and Islam.
“John Bull”, the Capital English Game published by W. Cremer, c.1865.
Juegos Victoria – Juguetes Royal – publishers of children’s card games in Argentina during the 1960s and ‘70s.
Jungle Book by Pepys games, inspired by Walt Disney, 1967
The Kadar deck designed by Christopher J Gould aims to break the norms of playing card design. The vibrant and fun pack has drawn inspiration from travelling fortune tellers and gypsies
The courts are characters from Wagner's opera “The Ring of the Nibelungs”, beautifully etched and hand coloured. Each character is named in a cursive script along each side of the card.
“Key to the Kingdom” - an enchanted deck - illuminated playing cards designed by Tony Meeuwissen, 1992 based around traditional rhymes and verses
First published in c.1870, children are presented in these miniature Patience cards disguised as Kings, Queens and Jacks. The Kings' crowns are slightly over-sized for their heads and the children are wearing false beards.
“Kingdoms of a New World” playing cards designed by Nathanael Mortensen
Enter the Kingdoms of the New World with these fantasy themed playing cards by Nathanael Mortensen
“Kleine Tierwelt” wildlife quartet game designed by Heinz Osthoff, published by Bielefelder Spielkarten GmbH, 1963.
Peter Schencken of Amsterdam copied the "Jeu de la Guerre" or "Das Kriegs-Spiel" (with German captions) originated by Gilles de La Boissière and published by Mariette in 1668 in Paris.
The Krienser Fasnachts-Jass deck was designed and published by Léon Schnyder from Kriens for the 1988 Fasnacht Carnival
“Kuningas Artturin Ritarit” (King Arthur’s Knights) playing cards designed by Mauri Kunnas
Holmblad ordered his earlier designs to be re-drawn and updated. Comparison of packs from this era show instances where one figure is replaced by another more imposing version.
“L’Union Fait la Force”, sometimes known as “the Allied pack”, has the four suits dedicated to the victorious nations of the Second World War.
Las Cartas de Sara (Yerba Mate) based on an idea by Diego Silva Pintos and illustrated by Hogue. Produced by Color/9, c.2003.
Playing cards designed by artist Larisa Kovalass-Kovalevska on the theme of the Latvian folk epic “Lāčplēsis”.
“Le Bossu de Notre-Dame” families card game published by Ducale (France Cartes), c.1998
“Le Grand Tarot Belline” after drawings by Edmond Billaudot (1829-1881)
“Le Jeu des Alliés” manufactured by Mesmaekers N.V., Turnhout, 1945.
The beautiful images in this quartet game published by Jeux Spear in 1933 depict the progress of transport and travel since early times up til the 1930s
Mlle Lenormand Cartomancy deck made by Vereinigte Stralsunder Spielkartenfabriken, Stralsund, c.1890
Spanish-suited Aluette pack with 'FABRICANDO IN MADRID' printed on the Two of Swords and the legend Lequart - Paris printed in the top left corners of the court cards.
Philibert "Les Mousquetaires" Playing Cards, designed by Albert Dubout (1905-1976).
Les Sports quartet game designed by Paul Ordner, c.1960.
“Little Demons” playing cards illustrated by Wayne Anderson, c.1970
Livre du Destin or Book of Fate, printed by B.P.Grimaud, Paris, c.1900. During the the nineteenth century various types of fortune-telling, oracle, Lenormand, sybil and destiny cards became popular.
Livre du Destin / The Book of Fate, c.1900, entire deck (32 cards)
Skat deck for Löwen Entertainment, producers of electronic gaming machines, 1986
A preview of Vadim Smolenskiy second edition Lumberjacks deck.
Lustiges Wilhelm Busch Quartett published by Franz Schmidt, Nuremberg, 1937
Madame Lenormand Fortune Telling Cards made by J. Müller.
Luxus No.123 Hungarian seasons pattern manufactured in Hungary by the Playing-Card Factory and Printing House, c.1970
These beautiful playing cards designed by Erik Mana aren't just your ordinary set but they also hold a secret codes and riddle.
“Mapit” war map card game published by Geographia Ltd, 55 Fleet Street, London E.C., c.1940s.
Marlborough’s Victories playing cards, first published in 1707, depict Marlborough's campaigns and the personalities involved.
Photographic playing cards - each face having an "art study" of a female nude, Mayall Press, Stockwell, London, c.1946.
Meeple playing cards is where the iconic shape of the “meeple” used in many board games meets playing cards.
Memento, a unique Playing Card Deck designed by Valerio Aversa and Antonios Fiala, inspired by the history of playing card design.
Mercury ‘One-2-One Situations’ playing cards published by Mercury Communications
A custom deck of playing cards designed with a modern, minimalist flair
Michelin Tyres by Waddingtons, c.1970
“Mickey Mouse y Amigos” Spanish-suited pack mimicking Fournier’s Castilian pattern, 2001
Mickey’s Fun Fair published by Pepys Games in collaboration with Walt Disney, 1939.
Micky Mau~Mau by F. X. Schmid, 1978