Extraordinary ‘Actors and Opera Singers’ deck printed by Avril et Cie, Paris, c.1865
‘Stage’ card game © 1904 C. M. Clark Publishing Co. Boston, Mass. with portraits of popular actors and actresses.
"Tales from the Stage" - an article about theatrical playing cards by Rod Starling
This beautiful deck features an oval half-tone photo of a theatre star on each card, many of them legendary names, along with their autograph beneath. The border artwork consists of a different coloured floral pattern for each suit. The back has a decorative panel with theatre masks.
The court cards and Aces each feature four portraits of famous theatre stars from the 1890s inside round frames, against a background pattern based on traditional court cards.
The deck is described on the box as “a portfolio of photographs of the leading lights of the stage”