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Banco for Air France, c.1952 1952

Banco for Air France, c.1952

Banco playing cards for Air France manufactured by Draeger Frères, c.1952.

Cancan 1956


Lightly risqué luxury playing cards published by Éditions Philibert of Paris in 1956.

Cassandre for Hermès 1948

Cassandre for Hermès

Promotional playing cards created by A. M. Cassandre (pseudonym of Adolphe Jean-Marie Mouron, 1901-1968) with abstract, almost surrealist figures and ornamentation, but clearly inspired by medieval art and rendered into an Art Deco style.

Classique 1949


“Classique” by Draeger Frères, Paris, c.1949 with designs reminiscent of early French cards.

Jacques Branger designs for Miro Company 1948

Jacques Branger designs for Miro Company

Luxury packs published by Miro Company (Paris) featuring designs by Jacques Branger, c.1940s.

Jean Borin

Jean Borin

‘Cartes de Luxe’ with artwork by Belgian artist and designer Jean Borin (1907-1997).

Salvador Dalí 1967

Salvador Dalí

Based on the standard French ‘Paris’ pattern, Dalí composed his playing card figures out of geometric shapes, like a surrealist tapestry, but retaining the traditional aspects of playing card design.

St Hubert’s Bridge 1956

St Hubert’s Bridge

“St Hubert’s Bridge” published by Éditions Philibert, Paris, c.1956.