The World of Playing Cards Logo

Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

Browsing keyword:

railway

17 Articles

Stationskwartetspel

Railway Stations quartet game illustrated by Wim Dolk and published by Servex BV, Utrecht, 1975.

Stationskwartetspel

Lobo

Lobo, the London Underground card game published by Thomas De la Rue & Co Ltd, 1930s.

Lobo

Trains

Trains card game with pictures by Ian Allan, published by Pepys, 1962.

Trains

Deutsche Reichsbahn

Deutsche Reichsbahn (German Railways) deck designed by Peter Becker, 1989

Deutsche Reichsbahn

The Blue Train (Bloutrein)

“The Blue Train” playing cards from the luxury train service in South Africa.

The Blue Train (Bloutrein)

Express 1st Edition

Pepys Express 1st edition, 1947 (before the nationalisation of the railways in 1948).

Express 1st Edition

Canadian National Railways

Canadian National Railways souvenir deck, dated to 1927. Every card is gilt edged, and carries a different photograph of Canada.

Canadian National Railways

Hornby Playing Cards

Hornby Playing cards are a retro deck designed and produced by Wild and Wolf copyright 2011.

Hornby Playing Cards

Southern Pacific Souvenir

Southern Pacific Souvenir of the Golden West playing cards - Sunset, American Canyon and Shasta Routes - published by the Interstate Company exclusively for Southern Pacific News Service, c.1915.

Southern Pacific Souvenir

VR-VISA

VR-VISA playing cards published by VR Group, the state-owned railway company in Finland.

VR-VISA

Express 2nd Edition

Pepys “Express” card game 2nd edition c.1955.

Express 2nd Edition

Orient-Express Playing Cards

Orient Express playing cards evoking a bygone era of chauffeurs, monocles and exoticism. Manufactured by Waddingtons, c.1990

Orient-Express Playing Cards

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Playing Cards

The images for the cards were inspired by the typical passengers who traveled in luxury style in the 1920s and 30s.

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Playing Cards

Peru Rail

Peru Rail souvenir cards "exploring the land of the Incas" published by Peru Rail, Cusco, c.2005.

Peru Rail