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El Al Airlines

El Al Airlines deck designed by Jean David, Israel, c.1970.

El Al Airlines

Qantas

Qantas Airways Limited is the flag carrier of Australia and is the world's third-oldest airline still in operation, having been founded in November 1920.

Qantas

Ethiopian Air Lines

Ethiopian Air Lines playing cards designed by Melles Habtezghi with courts wearing regional costumes, c.1969.

Ethiopian Air Lines

Garuda Indonesia

Souvenir playing cards from Garuda Indonesia Airlines, the national airline of Indonesia.

Garuda Indonesia

Planes Game

The ’Planes Game published by Pepys, 1965.

Planes Game

Alitalia

Alitalia advertising deck produced by Premier Portfolio International Ltd.

Alitalia

AGMüller English Pattern

AGMüller standard English pattern for the Royal Jordanian Airline, 1980s

AGMüller English Pattern

Biggles

Biggles card game published by Pepys Games in 1955 based on the popular books by Capt W E Johns.

Biggles

British Airways Concorde

British Airways Concorde playing cards made in Belgium by Carta Mundi, before 2003.

British Airways Concorde

Max Velthuijs for KLM

Playing cards designed by Max Velthuijs for KLM airlines first published c.1964

Max Velthuijs for KLM

Test Pilot

‘Test Pilot’, illustrated by A. B. Bowbeer and published by Pepys Games, 1950s.

Test Pilot

Air Malta

‘Air Rummy’ playing cards published by Air Malta, late 1990s

Air Malta

Squadron Scramble

“Squadron Scramble” card games for identifying military planes, Whitman Publishing Co., Racine, Wisconsin, 1942.

Squadron Scramble

Temple Press War Planes

“War Planes” playing cards for aircraft recognition published by Temple Press Limited, c.1940.

Temple Press War Planes

Caledonian Airways “European Phrases”

“European Phrase” playing cards produced for Caledonian Airways, 1994.

Caledonian Airways “European Phrases”

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines A330 flying experience souvenir playing cards

Singapore Airlines

Eastern Airlines and Ryder Trucks by Hoyle

Dual advertising deck for Eastern Airlines and Ryder Trucks, produced by Hoyle, 1983.

Eastern Airlines and Ryder Trucks by Hoyle

N.A.S.A. Aircraft

Lessons of a Widowmaker and Other NASA Aircraft, c.2010.

N.A.S.A. Aircraft

Nu-Vue for TWA

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”

Nu-Vue for TWA

Malaysia Airlines

Malaysian-made deck of cards produced for Malaysian Airline Systems (MAS).

Malaysia Airlines

Flight

Flight card game published by Pepys, 1954.

Flight

World Tour

World Tour Quiz Game published by Tactic Group for Finnair involves recognising flags from different countries and their locations on the map.

World Tour

Zoom

“Zoom” Airplane card game published by Whitman Publishing Co., Racine, USA, ©1941.

Zoom

Wings

‘Wings’, the air mail game © 1928 by Parker Brothers Inc.

Wings

Lindy

‘Lindy’ - the flying game - a sequel to ‘Touring’ by Parker Brothers, 1927.

Lindy

History of Flight

“History of Aviation” playing cards published by Lo Scarabeo (2003) in which every card carries a painting representing an aspect of the history of powered flight.

History of Flight

Jetsetter Playing Cards by Paul Ruccio

Jetsetter playing cards, inspired by aviation, air travel and jet-setting.

Jetsetter Playing Cards by Paul Ruccio

Air India

‘Air India’ playing cards, made in India.

Air India

Graf Zeppelin

A card game commemorating the first round the world flight by the Graf Zeppelin, published by J.W. Spear & Söhne, Nuremberg, in 1930.

Graf Zeppelin

Wereldvlucht Kwartet

Published in 1933, this game celebrated the burgeoning passenger services by air around the world. Spears Weltflug Quartette was produced in German, Dutch and English versions.

Wereldvlucht Kwartet

Munteres Mogeln

Munteres Mogeln (Cheerful Cheating) in-flight card game for Lufthansa.

Munteres Mogeln

Aeronaves de Mexico

Special pack for Aeronaves de Mexico S.A., designed by Ramón Valdiosera Berman, mid-1960s.

Aeronaves de Mexico

Waddington’s “Flying” Series, 1933

Waddington’s “Flying” Series, 1933.

Waddington’s “Flying” Series, 1933