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 manufacturer:

Éditions Philibert

8 Articles

Éditions Philibert published an outstanding series of exotic, artistic playing cards in Paris from 1954 to 1960

Corsaires et Flibustiers

“Corsaires et Flibustiers” playing cards created by G. Delluc and published by Éditions Philibert, Paris, 1958.

Corsaires et Flibustiers

Paris Scenes

“Paris Story” playing cards published by Éditions Philibert, c.1957, showing photographic scenes of Paris.

Paris Scenes

Les Mousquetaires

Philibert "Les Mousquetaires" Playing Cards, designed by Albert Dubout (1905-1976).

Les Mousquetaires

Cancan

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

Cancan

Mémoires de Casanova

Mémoires de Casanova artistic and lightly risqué playing cards with paintings by Paul-Émile Bécat, published by Éditions Philibert, Paris, c.1960.

Mémoires de Casanova