Parker & Sons was launched in 1955 by Mr. Parker. In 1957 the Kejriwal family bought Parker & Sons and entered the Commercial Printing industry and built Parksons into a reputed company. Their factory was set up in Lalbaug, Mumbai. In 1959 they diversified into playing cards which ultimately became the main focus of the business. In 1977 an additional plant was set up in Andheri (Mumbai suburb), and in 1994 a new plant was set up in Daman (Union Territory) and all processes shifted there. In 2010 Cartamundi formed a joint venture with Parksons Games and Sports to create Parksons Cartamundi Pvt. Ltd.
Parksons Bridge Poker No.444
Parksons Cartamundi invest in a new joint-venture factory in Pardi / India in 2012.
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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.
Named after the first National movement in India
Cards made by John Waddington Ltd. for the Madras Club, Chennai (formerly Madras), India, c.1930.
A colourful pack of round cards with Ganjifa designs by Asha Industries, Mumbai, India, 2002.
An interesting pack of playing cards with illustrated Indian aces made "Specially for the Bombay Market", c.1915.
Ravi Varma Press, Bombay, India, c.1910.
Bharata Playing Cards - Series 2, based on Indian folk art, published by Sunish Chabba, 2018.
Bharata Major Arcana Tarot by Ishan Trivedi & Sunish Chabba, 2018. Inspired by Indian art forms.
Divine Art Playing Cards by Sunish Chabba & Guru Playing Card Company, 2016.
Sunish Chabba is working on an initiative to revive traditional Ganjifa, the card game most popular 17th Century India.
“SiRen International” playing cards based on traditional style of Indian miniature painting, 1998
“Math Stack” playing cards designed by Diana Stanciulescu, illustrating and explaining 36 important mathematical constants, published by EduStack in India
Star Stack playing cards feature illustrations of famous astronomers and important astronomical constellations.
Lingo Pix Tourist Picture Cards by TM Cards, India, 2006
‘Air India’ playing cards, made in India.
‘Ganjifa’ playing cards made in Sheopor in the North of Madhya Pradesh province in Central India. The Ganjifa game probably developed from 13th century games played by Mamluk immigrants from China.
Parker & Sons was launched in 1955 by Mr. Parker
Shantanu Suman has created a pack to help educate people in India about safe sex and especially targeted at India's truck drivers. The artwork is bright and bold, inspired by the popular truck art.
Anjali DSouza, an illustrator from Chennai, India has designed a pack of cards using Indian truck art and the Indian folk art as inspiration.
This illustration project by Gurleen Kaur features images inspired by the band the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Each card had illustrations from their albums and the ace, jack, queen and king are each band members.
Chitrashala Press produced some charming children's pictorial alphabet cards for early learning purposes in the 1940s.
Van Genechten was one of the most competent cardmakers in Turnhout and they produced almost every kind of foreign pack for clients all around the world.
World Wide Fund for Nature-India Playing Cards, featuring 53 different colour paintings of a variety of wildlife including birds, butterflies, mammals and reptiles.
Chromo-lithograph Ganjifa cards by the Chitrasala Press, around 1950. Ten suits of twelve cards, each suit is based on one of the ten incarnations of Vishnu.
English type 'Mogul' playing cards manufactured in Switzerland by John Müller for export to India, c.1880-1890.