Argentina Tax Stamps on playing cards 1895-1968
Political Playing Cards, Buenos Aires, 1890
The Tango - sultry and seductive - is Argentina's form of popular music and dance, invented in Buenos Aires in the 19th century.
It is assumed that playing cards had been introduced to the Americas with explorers such as Columbus or Cortés. Argentinian playing cards have followed Spanish styles, based on models imported from Spain.
The founder of Ariel Productions, Philip Marx, was a prolific publisher of children’s books and comics towards the end of and just after the Second World War.
Armchair Cricket by ex-professional County Cricket player Don Arnold was first marketed by Norfolk House Enterprises in 1983.
The Arms of English Peers playing cards were first published in 1686. Heraldry, or a knowledge of the arms and blazons of royalty was an important part of a respectable education.
Andrew Dougherty’s Army & Navy deck from the Civil War era, c.1865. The cards have no indices and are printed in red/blue/black only with a green/red back pattern.
Over the years eight different Aces of Spades were used with this brand and the Joker was also modified several times. The brand was eventually phased out in 1931.
Health Promotion playing cards issued by the British Army with cartoons about army life and information on where to get health advice
The Joker is particularly persuasive, whilst the Ace of Spades has a battle scene involving artillery, with Navy ships in the distance and the statue of the goddess of Freedom in the middle.
In around 1909 he created three sets of playing cards. His inventiveness was driven by a passion for rules, order and numbers.
The Arpak No-Revoke playing cards, 24 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, c.1927-35
ARRCO Playing Card Co., Chicago, c.1935 - c.1970s
Art Deco fortune telling deck published by Piatnik, 1936
“Art for the Earth” Transformation Deck published by Andrew Jones Art for Friends of the Earth, c.1990.
Elegant gold-printed playing cards in Jugendstil style designed by Otto Benz for Renault, 1987
A deck of cards to raise awareness of the Irish Hospice Foundation.
No.111 by Artex is a copy of Waddingtons standard designs, c1962
Artex Quadrilato No.333 for Tunisia
Advertising deck produced for Arthur Lee and Sons Ltd of Sheffield by Thomas De la Rue around 1958
Advertising pack designed by J. Passos and first printed by Cromografía Irández, Barcelona, c.1926. Re-printed in 1995
Two colourful Mexican packs by an anonymous manufacturer titled “As Vencedores” on the ace of coins, designed in the Mexican style, based on the Spanish ‘Castilian’ pattern
Asociart Insurance promotional playing cards, Argentina, 2000
Asperge Kwartet published by Knorr.
An unknown brand by Aspioti Elka A.E probably from the 1960s judging by the tax stamp on the box.
Cartes à Jouer ‘Astérix’ published by Ducale, 1987
Asterix Adventure quartet game by ASS, 1989.
Astra Games was a subsidiary of the McCorquodale Group of Companies, producing playing cards during the period 1982-87.
Astronaut card game published by Pepys Series (Castell Bros) celebrating the arrival of space travel, 1960s
“Ataque”, a card game simulating football manufactured in Buenos Aires by Vigor S.R.L., 1958
Atlantic Playing Card Co., Inc. promoted Bridge Ensemble boxes and companion accessories.
“Atouts de la Vie” wartime card game created by Madame Lucien Willemetz, c.1940.
“Ausgold” by SNP Ausprint Pty Ltd
Playing cards from Australia
Australia souvenir deck with photography by Steve Parish
Excise Duty was introduced on Australian playing cards in 1932
During the 19th century a system of fortune telling arose in Europe using unnumbered, pictorial cards depicting popular imagery with subtitles in several languages.
Possibly one of the most beautiful decks produced for commercial purposes, this was printed by Modiano for the Austrian Lloyd Steamship Company of Trieste in c.1895
Skat deck for Austria’s excellent wines, Österreichischer Weinwirtschaftsfonds, c.1965
Authors quartet game published by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.
Automotive playing cards designed by Radoslaw Radziejewski
The Adventures of Sport-Billy by H. Fournier, 1981.
Avilude or Game of Birds published by West & Lee, Worcester, Mass, c.1880.
Clearly promoting good personal hygiene, each card shows a young, pouting female model posing seductively and appealing to the playboy.
The designs are a meld between the standard international pattern and German-style French-suited cards. Elements from various other standard patterns can be detected.
Baby Dolls pinup deck designed by Willy Mayrl, published by Piatnik, 1957.
Back to the USSR deck featuring communist party leaders and politicians, c.1995
Deck manufactured by Johann Matheus Backofen, Nürnberg c.1800.
Sports-themed playing cards published by Badische Spielkartenfabrik, Baden, c.1930