Humour on playing cards can come in many forms, and may take the shape of witty, satirical and amusing images, cartoons or text that are printed on the cards. Humour is often used to add an element of fun and light-heartedness to a game, or to make a product more appealing.
“And Marriage For All” playing cards promoting equal marriage rights for same-sex couples.
Health Promotion playing cards issued by the British Army with cartoons about army life and information on where to get health advice.
Bag of Bones playing cards, from a series of four decks designed by John Littleboy, 2008.
‘Baraja Mística’ satirical playing-cards featuring revelling clergy published by Litografía Fernández, Madrid.
Bicycle Emotions playing cards with custom emotions on the courts to help you bluff at cards, 2013.
Biff! Bang!! Wallop!!! family card game published by H.P. Gibson & Sons Ltd, 1939.
Advertising pack for a travel company with humorous illustrations of all sorts of travellers.
Playing cards slanted to the right, issued to mark George W. Bush’s second term of office.