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Colour lithography was invented in 1798 by a Bavarian actor and playwright named Alois Senefelder (1771-1834). It is based on the principle that oil and water do not mix.

Fleet Street 1923

Fleet Street

“Fleet Street” card game published by Chad Valley Games, c.1923.

Geschichte des Buchgewerbes 1989

Geschichte des Buchgewerbes

Geschichte des Buchgewerbes illustrated by Ludwig Winkler, published by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pößneck.

H.P. Doebele 1961

H.P. Doebele

Artist-designed playing cards produced to demonstrate the quality of a printing technique.

Imperial Club playing cards 1982

Imperial Club playing cards

Large index broad size cards by AGMüller using a special red ink suitable for casinos.

Lithographic Stone 1888

Lithographic Stone

Historic lithographic stone from the Fournier playing card factory, c.1888.

Lo Stampatore 1977

Lo Stampatore

‘Lo Stampatore’ linocut images created by Sergio Favret, published as a deck of cards by Editions Solleone / Vito Arienti in 1977.

Lorilleux International 1988

Lorilleux International

Promotional pack for Lorilleux International’s Lotus inks, with designs by James Hodges.

Luxury Collectable Playing Cards

Luxury Collectable Playing Cards

Luxury packs of cards have been produced since the 15th century, a trend that is very popular among collectors today.

Manufacture of Playing Cards

Manufacture of Playing Cards

Traditionally cardmakers worked in guilds with long apprenticeships under master craftsmen.

Master of the Playing Cards 1455

Master of the Playing Cards

Animal suited playing cards engraved by the Master of the Playing Cards, Germany, c.1455

Printing of Playing Cards: Letterpress 1831

Printing of Playing Cards: Letterpress

Some notes on the manufacture of playing cards taken from Thomas De la Rue's patent, 1831.

Printing of Playing Cards: Stencilling

Printing of Playing Cards: Stencilling

Printing of Playing Cards :: Stencilling can usually be detected by observing the outlines of the coloured areas which are often irregular with brush strokes discernible in the coloured areas.

The 52 Club 1984

The 52 Club

The London College of Printing '52 Club' Designers and Artists playing cards, 1984.