The court cards in this delightful Art Deco pack represent persons in various colourfully embroidered folkloric costumes designed by Hungarian artist Ilona Radnainé Szöredi, who specialised in folk needlework. The cards were produced at Piatnik's Hungarian branch in Budapest, 1932.
Rock paintings and engravings of the San people, better known as the “Bushmen”.
Playing cards featuring traditional folk costumes from Romania.
Another pack of Dutch costume playing cards c.1880.
Rules and regulations that guided prison life in America’s most notorious prison.
Estonian national costumes and everyday items feature on this pack made in Estonia.
Pack designed by Jean David (1908-93) for El Al Airlines. The courts are named after Biblical characters.
Dutch costume playing cards made for the Dutch market in the second half of the 19th century.
Two Black Peter games by Willy Mayrl published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne, 1950s.
The first of two decks designed by Ukrainian illustrator Vladislav Erko for “Korchma Taras Bulba” restaurant which serves traditional Ukrainian cuisine
This deck is named after Armand Jean du Plessis de Richelieu, Cardinal-Duc de Richelieu (1585-1642), a French Roman Catholic Clergyman and statesman, Chief Adviser to King Louis XIII, noted for the authoritarian measures he employed to maintain power.
Schweizer Trachten No.174 (Costumes Suisses) by Dondorf.
In this newsletter we’re looking at how fashion and costume is represented through playing card art since the 14th century through to today.
Hand-drawn Transformation cards, c.1870.
Folk Cards designed by Krystyna Gruchalska-Bunsch for Lot Polish Airlines, 1962.
‘History of fashion’ cultural quartet game designed by Erika Werner-Nestler, 1954.
Dutch costumes quartet game designed by Gerard Huijg, 1983.
Österreichisches Trachten-quartett Nr.282 published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne.
Alice with artwork by Jesús Blasco, published by Lo Scarabeo, 2003.
Liberty playing cards designed by Antonella Castelli, published by Lo Scarabeo, 2003.
Römihártya pin-up deck from Hungary.
Black Peter card game designed by Willy Mayrl for Piatnik.
Baracca & Burattini puppetry deck printed by Dal Negro, 1998.
Norwegian Troll Cards published by Aune Forlag of Trondheim, c.2000.
Crikey! Classic British Comics playing cards published by Bird Playing Cards, 2013.
Sherlock Holmes deck with caricatures by Jeff Decker published by Gemaco Playing Card Co. 1989
Caperucita Roja card game published by H. Fournier, 1981.
Pulgarcito (Tom Thumb) card game published by H Fournier, 1981.
Sleeping Beauty card game published in France, c.1980s.
Gulliver’s Travels card game no.293 published by Piatnik, c.1950.
Martin Mystère based on the comic book by Alfredo Castelli. The cards were designed by Giancarlo Alessandrini.
Baby Dolls pin-up deck designed by Willy Mayrl, published by Piatnik, 1957.
Chinese Costumes from the Winterthur Collection, published by Fournier, 1984.
‘Seefahrers’ maritime deck designed by Klaus Ensikat for Deutsche Seereederei Rostock, GDR.
Ukiyo-E deck for Sanyo Enterprise Co.
Year of the Child commemorative deck designed by Jhan Paulussen, 1979.
Fairy Tales quartet published by Heinrich Schwarz + Co for Dutch market, c.1970.
The Maya Deck produced by Stancraft for Hoyle, 1976.
Persian Miniatures, made in Hungary c.1990.
‘Einhorn’ designed by Richard König, c.1986.
Pin-up Rummy Playing Cards, made in Hungary, c.1970.