Playing cards were traditionally sold inside paper wrappers, which were usually thrown away.
In 1932, a patent was granted to Colin Hart and George Franklin for a leather case in the form of a book cover for playing cards.
My wife and I have recently commissioned a unique pair of stained glass windows for our home.
The final page of material relating to playing cards from British periodicals.
Some further material relating to cards from nineteenth and twentieth century periodicals.
There are a number of court card designs that have never actually been produced as cards. It's a shame some of them never were.
“Magic Poker Cards” are often found inside Christmas crackers along with party hats, puzzles and jokes...
History.of Whist and Gaming Counters and Markers from the 18th Century to modern times.
De Reszke Cigarettes “What the Stars Say” astrology cards issued by J. Milhoff & Co., 1934.
Arthur Charles Prince worked for De la Rue as a playing card cutter and later was promoted to supervisor of a small team of workers of same until his death aged 50.
Some traditional Pope Joan boards comprise a circular tray, others are square, divided into sections labelled Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Intrigue and Matrimony. In the game, the Nine of Diamonds is “Pope Joan”.
There are some unusual designs in playing cards, even the shape of the card.
The unprinted backs of playing cards have led people to use them for secondary purposes such as memorandum slips, bibliographic index cards, for declarations of love, rendezvous notes, emergency money, visiting cards and so on.
Cigarette Cards, Trade Cards, Miniature Playing Cards and other ephemera.
Tobacco cards with miniature playing cards inset into top corners, printed by Litografía y Tipografía Fabbri Hermanos, for Roldan y Cia Tobacco, Lima, c.1895.