The World of Playing Cards Logo 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:


11 Articles
Card image

Baronesse Whist No.160

After the Second World War, the deck continued to be produced ​​both by the VEB Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik as “Rokoko” and by ASS-Spielkartenfabrik, Leinfelden-Echterdingen as “Baronesse”. • Jul 23, 2012

Card image

Baroque No.2118

“Baroque” by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna, reflecting a bygone era of fashion. • Aug 06, 2016

Card image


“Comtesse” by Bielefelder Spielkarten Fabrik GmbH, 1960s. • Jan 08, 2017

Card image

Empire No.170

The Queens, who wear short sleeved dresses with bonnets adorned with chin straps and roses, hold a rose, a fan, a bird or a letter. • Jan 20, 2013

Card image

F. X. Schmid Mini-Patience

Miniature Patience playing cards in Rococo style published by F. X. Schmid, c.1960 • Jul 29, 2016

Card image


The pack was designed by Josef Maria Melchior Annen (1868-1954) who also designed several other packs for Müller & Cie. • Dec 09, 2012

Card image

Rococo No.2130

Piatnik: Rococo No.2130 playing cards designed by Prof. Kuno Hock, c.1975 • Jul 31, 2015

Card image

Rococo Playing Cards

Piatnik’s Rococo style playing cards issued as “Rococo Patience”, “Luxus-Patience”, “Empire Patience”, “White Horse Patience”, “Patience-Whist No.140”, “Mini Patience” and “Lady Patience” • Aug 23, 2016

Card image


• Jan 01, 1970

Card image

Rokoko-Bild No.158

This pattern was published between 1889-1933, at first with no Joker, which was added in 1906 along with small indices in German or English. • Oct 19, 2012

Card image

Royal Dutch Mail

Elegant “Nieuw Neerlandia” pattern designed by M.A. Koekkoek and produced by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland, c.1930s • Jan 24, 2016