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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

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48: Ferdinand Piatnik & Sons

Ferd. Piatnik produced a very large range of cards with many different standard and non-standard patterns. This is a survey of his standard English output. • Apr 11, 2016

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Adametz, Vienna

Cards from a 54-card "Austrian Tarock" or "Industrie und Glück Tarock" pack made by Franz Adametz of Vienna, c.1948. This type of pack originated around the middle of the 19th century and was used (and still is) in Austria and Hungary. • Jan 01, 1970

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Arnold Schoenberg

In around 1909 he created three sets of playing cards. His inventiveness was driven by a passion for rules, order and numbers. • Aug 24, 2012

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Art Deco Gypsy Oracle

Art Deco fortune telling deck published by Piatnik, 1936 • Apr 19, 2014

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Austrian Cartomancy Cards

During the 19th century a system of fortune telling arose in Europe using unnumbered, pictorial cards depicting popular imagery with subtitles in several languages. • Apr 23, 2014

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Austrian Wine

Skat deck for Austria’s excellent wines, Österreichischer Weinwirtschaftsfonds, c.1965 • Oct 16, 2017

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Baby Dolls

Baby Dolls pinup deck designed by Willy Mayrl, published by Piatnik, 1957. • Jan 01, 2021

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Baroque No.2118

“Baroque” by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna, reflecting a bygone era of fashion. • Aug 06, 2016

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Bjørn Wiinblad

Bjørn Wiinblad (1918-2006) was a Danish painter, designer and ceramics artist • Oct 31, 2014

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Black Peter

Black Peter card game designed by Willy Mayrl for Piatnik. • Feb 20, 2021

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Blue Playing Cards

“Blue Playing Cards” by Piatnik, 1960s, inspired by the Cubism art movement in which objects are analysed and reassembled in abstracted form • Jun 06, 2015

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Bourgeois Tarot by Piatnik 1987

Piatnik’s ‘Bourgeois Tarot’ in a version published in 1987 with nice quality images, especially the double-ended trump cards. • Dec 04, 2017

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Cashmere

Bernhard Altmann is from the “The House of Cashmere” and these playing cards honour their best known commodity: the fleece of the graceful horned Cashmere goat. • Aug 18, 2012

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Cocktail

Aluminium playing cards manufactured by Häusermann United Chemical and Metal Engraving Co., Vienna, c.1925 • Apr 09, 2013

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Cosmopolitan № 2121 playing cards

“Cosmopolitan” № 2121 playing cards designed by Russian artist Valeri Mishin, 1996 • Feb 05, 2018

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Die Neue ÖVP

Promotional deck for the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) printed by Piatnik, 1996 • Oct 12, 2015

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El Jokey by Piatnik, 1990s

‘El Jokey’ Spanish-suited pack by Piatnik & Sons, Vienna, 1990s • Nov 26, 2014

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Estel Tarok

J. Estel Tarok, 1820 • Aug 04, 2010

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Fair Play

Fair Play budget brand by Piatnik first appeared c.1950 before disappearing in c.1990. • Feb 04, 2014

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Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne

Ferdinand Piatnik was born in Ofen on October 14, 1819... • Aug 18, 2012

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Folklore No.169

Austrian Folklore deck first published by Piatnik in 1934. • Sep 11, 2018

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France Royale Bridge

“France Royale” Bridge playing cards by Willy Mayrl depict historical characters from France’s royal past. • Mar 20, 2015

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Glanz

Non-Standard playing cards manufactured by Joseph Glanz, Vienna, Austria, 1862. • Aug 04, 2010

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Goal Fußball Spielkarten

“Goal” Fußball Spielkarten manufactured by Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne Wien, c1930s. • Aug 17, 2018

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Gulliver’s Travels

Gulliver’s Travels card game no.293 published by Piatnik, c.1950. • Jan 12, 2021

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Hofamterspiel, c.1460

Hofamterspiel, c.1460 • Jan 01, 1970

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J. Glanz Historical playing cards

Historical Theatrical playing cards manufactured by J. Glanz, c.1865 • Oct 26, 2014

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Johann Herrl

Tarock deck made by Johann Herrl in Graz 1815 • Apr 25, 2011

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Jugendstil Art Nouveau Bridge

“Jugendstil Art Nouveau” Bridge Nr.2136 published by Piatnik, 1980 • Oct 28, 2014

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Jugendstil Tarock

‘Jugendstil Tarock’ was designed by Ditha Moser and first published by Albert Berger and Josef Glanz in 1906 • Oct 29, 2014

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Kaiser Jubiläum

Kaiser Jubiläum Imperial playing cards made in Austria by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna • Aug 20, 2016

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Karl Korab

Karl Korab was born in 1937 in Falkenstein (Lower Austria), the son of a forester. As a child he experienced the horrors of World War II, which influence his artwork today. • Oct 01, 2012

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Le Destin Antique

Le Jeu du Destin Antique, originally published by Grimaud in XIX c., republished many times since... • Jan 29, 2021

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Literary Figures

Non-Standard Literary Figures playing cards manufactured by Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne A.G., Vienna, 1924. • Aug 04, 2010

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Lithuanian

Lithuanian Playing Cards, reprinted by Piatnik, 1995, 2004. • Jun 10, 2012

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Löschenkohl’s Botanical Playing Cards

Löschenkohl produced a second copper engraved deck, the Botanical Playing Cards, in 1806. This deck, as well as the Musical Playing Cards, were produced shortly before Löschenkohl’s death. • Feb 20, 2013

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Löschenkohl’s Musical Playing Cards

Johann Hieronymus Löschenkohl (1753-1807) produced a copper engraved deck of playing cards titled “Das Musikalische Kartenspiel” in 1806. • Feb 20, 2013

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Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots and other Tudor period dignitaries, published by Piatnik, 1990. • Jul 05, 2018

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Notgeld - Emergen¢y Money

Notgeld - Emergency Money - was in rare cases issued on playing cards. • Nov 03, 2018

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Österreichisches Trachten-quartett

Österreichisches Trachten-quartett Nr.282 published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne. • Apr 18, 2021

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Piatnik & Sons for the“Estanco de Naipes del Perú”

Playing Cards made by Piatnik & Sons for the“Estanco de Naipes del Perú”, c.1960 • Jan 01, 1970

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Piatnik No.97

Non-standard French-suited cards published by Ferd Piatnik & Sõhne, Vienna, c.1940s • Nov 23, 2017

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Piatnik Tarock

Deck of "Industrie und Glück" or "Rural Scenes" tarock cards manufactured by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne, Vienna, c.1910. • Aug 08, 2010

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Piccadilly Patience

Piccadilly Patience by Piatnik, c.1955 • Sep 27, 2016

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Pittner Tarok

Ferd Pittner, Tarok Cards • Aug 04, 2010

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Popular No.257

Piatnik’s “Popular Playing Cards” No.257 • Mar 02, 2016

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Prague 1908 Jubilee

This special pack of playing cards, published in 1908, was available at the Jubilee Exhibition held in Prague. • Dec 05, 2013

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Rococo No.2130

Piatnik: Rococo No.2130 playing cards designed by Prof. Kuno Hock, c.1975 • Jul 31, 2015

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Rococo Playing Cards

Piatnik’s Rococo style playing cards issued as “Rococo Patience”, “Luxus-Patience”, “Empire Patience”, “White Horse Patience”, “Patience-Whist No.140”, “Mini Patience” and “Lady Patience” • Aug 23, 2016

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Rummy No.210

Period cartoon images from the 1930s. The Kings are in fancy dress ready to party, the Queens appear ready for socialising whilst the Jacks are already on the go. • Mar 23, 2013

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Salzburger Pattern

Salzburger pattern by Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne, Vienna • Jan 20, 2016