The world of playing cards owes a great deal to the art of cinematography. “Les Geants d'un Mythe” playing cards were created by François Poulain celebrating legends of the silver screen and manufactured by Grimaud in 1983. The 12 court cards show caricatures of movie stars, arguably more interesting than photographs, and who are mostly American. The pips are morphed cinema equipment (microphones, clapperboards, etc). while the four aces feature different pieces of vintage film-making equipment. See the Key Card►
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I have adored playing cards since before I was seven years old, and was brought up on packs of Waddington's No 1. As a child I was fascinated by the pictures of the court cards.
Over the next fifty years I was seduced by the artwork in Piatnik's packs and became a collector of playing cards.
Seeking more information about various unidentified packs I discovered the World of Playing Cards website and became an enthusiastic contributor researching and documenting different packs of cards.
I describe my self as a playing card archaeologist, using detective work to identify and date obscure packs of cards discovered in old houses, flea markets and car boot sales.
Tarot game pack with fantasy sci-fi artwork on the trumps published by Pocket SF, France.
Jeu de 54 cartes, completely anonymous, designed to resemble locally produced French packs.
Monarchs luxury playing cards by Theory11, featured in the film Now You See Me.
Set of caricatures and cartoons in aid of a Polish children’s charity. c.2000.
Luxurious Spanish-suited pack made by Alphonse Arnoult, Paris, France, c.1850.
Marvel’s Avengers: The Infinity Saga Premium Playing Cards produced by Theory11 and designed by Mattson Creative, 2021.
Original designs from the French overseas department of Martinique by local artist Martine Porry.
Standard French designs adapted for children. Made by France Cartes for La Grande Récré, c.2016.
Pack promoting Beaujolais wine published by Editions du Nuton, France.
Complete re-design of traditional pack into what the publishers considered to be ergonomically efficient.
This deck was inherited from ancestors, it has has a family history surrounding it. Details of the lives of previous owners make it all so fascinating.
My late mother found these miniature cards in a skip around 50 years ago.
The Story of Pepys Games by Rex Pitts
La Sibylle des Salons facsimile of 19th century deck published by J M Simon, 1979.
Eurotrotter by La Ducale, c.1980s.
‘Tout Est Bien Qui Finit Bien’ family card game by Dondorf.
Jigstar film star card game by Murphy Games Ltd, 1936.
Puss in Boots card game manufactured by H. Fournier, 1981.
Bass & Bass ‘Jeu des Familles’ made by Franz-Josef Holler, Münich, 1989.
Gambling and Vice in the Hours of Charles V: card-playing in the local tavern
Jeu de Quaternes ‘Rizá’
A facsimile of an early 19th century French-suited deck from the collection of F.X. Schmid.
Le Jeu du Destin Antique, originally published by Grimaud in XIX c., republished many times since...
Eroticartes with drawings by Pino Zac, 1983.
Sherlock Holmes deck with caricatures by Jeff Decker published by Gemaco Playing Card Co. 1989
Sleeping Beauty card game published in France, c.1980s.
Benedicte Morand-Bail’s striking and colourful abstract poker deck with French named courts
Bretagne (Brittany) playing cards, Grimaud, c.1970.
Jeu “Gerente” - published by Moncar in 1983 in the “Cartes de Fantasie” series.
Bicentenaire de la Révolution Française 1789–1989 created by Christian Offroy.
Jeu du Moulin by Watilliaux, Paris.
Playtex - le jeu de la beauté et du destin, Grimaud, 1971.
Jeu de Memoire card game promoting Véritable Chaumes cheese from the village of St Antoines in south west France.
Facsimile of “Le Jeu de la Guerre” designed by Gilles de la Boissière in 1698.
Naval and Military Families produced by Prince and Princess Louis of Battenberg, printed by Ernst Nister of Nuremberg, c.1905-10.
La Mariée du Mardi-Gras, published by Jeux et Jouets Français. Paris, early 1900s.
101 Dalmatas by Naipes Fournier, 1995,
Parisian style Spanish deck by Grimaud for export to Uruguay.
World of Harry Potter playing cards produced by Winning Moves under Waddingtons Number 1 brand, 2019.
Jeu des 7 Familles © K.F.S. Opera Mundi c.1960.