Standard Genoese pattern with French indices made by Biermans for Cigarrillo Holiday and the Estanco de Naipes del Perú.
Patience deck for British American Tobacco printed by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland c.1940
Half-sized cigarette playing cards published by Bucktrout & Co., Ltd (Guernsey) c.1930.
Carreras Ltd miniature playing cards and dominoes, 1929
Carreras issued a number of packs of advertising playing cards as well as cigarette and trade cards, miniature playing cards, dominoes, fortune telling cards and Happy Family cards during the 1920s and 30s.
Spanish-suited playing cards for Cigarrillos Compadre, Peru, early 1900s
De Reszke Cigarettes “What the Stars Say” astrology cards issued by J. Milhoff & Co., 1934
Heber Mardon was born in 1840. With his father he founded the firm of Mardon and Son which, in 1863, became Mardon, Son & Hall.
Kinney Bros Transparent playing cards with hidden images and fortunes, c.1890.
A division of Imperial Tobacco, they appear to have made cards almost exclusively for the cigarette token market, which flourished during the 1930s.
Carlos Loiseau, better known as ‘Caloi’, was a cartoonist whose designs for Parliament Cigarettes were first published in the early 1970s.
Van Genechten manufactured playing cards in various styles, including specially customised versions for commercial clients wishing to advertise their own brands on the cards.
Advertising decks made in Belgium by A. Van Genechten, 1960s.