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The design of a pack of playing cards involves a balance between utilitarian constraints and artistic possibilities.

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‘El Cid’ designed by E. Pastor, Valencia, Spain, c.1875

‘El Cid’ fantasy playing cards designed by E. Pastor, Valencia, Spain, c.1875

‘El Cid’ designed by E. Pastor, Valencia, Spain, c.1875 1875

14: Back Designs

A few examples of the many interesting back designs.

14: Back Designs

19: 19th Century Breaks With Tradition - Unusual Versions of the Standard English Pattern

The centuries-long tradition of English court cards was subject to misinterpretation and in some cases a desire for individuality. Here are some examples of breaks with that tradition.

19: 19th Century Breaks With Tradition - Unusual Versions of the Standard English Pattern

1900 Jeu de Cartes

‘Jeu de Cartes 1900’ designed by Marie Christine Schira in the Art Nouveau or Jugendstil style, 1979.

1900 Jeu de Cartes 1979

26th Yankee Division

“26th Yankee Division Playing Cards” was designed by Alban B. Butler, Jr and printed by the Press of the Woolly Whale, New York, in 1933.

26th Yankee Division 1933

28: How to Analyze and Differentiate Playing Card Plates (De La Rue, Waddington and the Berlin pattern [französisches Bild])

My interest in postage stamp variants led me to apply the same principles to playing cards.

28: How to Analyze and Differentiate Playing Card Plates (De La Rue, Waddington and the Berlin pattern [französisches Bild])

33: Functional Changes to Playing Cards

The emphasis throughout my collecting has been on the design of the courts cards, and it should be pointed out that there have been some functional changes to cards, which have affected the traditional designs, especially in the 19th century.

33: Functional Changes to Playing Cards

40: More on Design Copies and Fakes

The issue of design copies needs further consideration and when does a copy become a fake?

40: More on Design Copies and Fakes

51: Some modern variation

A brief survey of some of the current variation in the standard English pattern.

51: Some modern variation

68: Playing cards in glass

My wife and I have recently commissioned a unique pair of stained glass windows for our home.

68: Playing cards in glass

About Emily Arkin

Emily Arkin is an artist from Somerville, MA.

About Emily Arkin 2001

About Peter Wood

Peter Wood is a UK based artist.

About Peter Wood

About Shelley Fowles

Shelley Fowles was born in South Africa but has lived in the United Kingdom since 1979. She trained in Art in Brighton and London.

About Shelley Fowles

African Art

“African Art” Playing cards by John J. Beckvermit III, 1994

African Art 1994

Age of Dragons

Age of Dragons by Anne Stokes, 2017.

Age of Dragons 2017

Alcatel

Alcatel playing cards published by Éditions Dusserre, c.1970s

Alcatel

Alfreds Scwedrevitz

This pack was issued during wartime, in 1936, under the name “Latvian Red Cross Cards No.7”.

Alfreds Scwedrevitz 1936

Alice

Alice with artwork by Jesús Blasco, published by Lo Scarabeo, 2003.

Alice 2003

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